Herbst im Wunderschönen Harz // Wernigerode, Germany

Mit dem Einstieg in die Weihnachtszeit und nachdem alle Weihnachtsmärkte eröffnet haben, ist die Herbstzeit nun wirklich vorbei. Als kleiner recap möchte ich heute meine letzten Herbstbilder aus dem wunderschönen, farbenfrohen Harz mit euch teilen.

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Dies waren die ersten drei Monate und die erste Jahreszeit, die ich in meiner neuen Wahlheimat Wernigerode erlebt habe. Und ebenso wie ich mit der Wahl meines Studienplatzes und Hochschule zufrieden bin, so liebe ich auch mein kleines Städtchen und die atemberaubende Umgebung in der ich nun wohne.

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Der Herbst ist bekannt für seine schillernden warmen Farben und die habe ich – nachdem ich sie im letzten Jahr in Australien übersprungen habe – in diesem Jahr so richtig genossen und ausgenutzt. Der Wald ist nur 2 Minuten zu Fuß entfernt von meiner Haustür, obwohl ich direkt in der Innenstadt wohne, und so habe ich viele Spaziergänge und Wanderungen unternommen.

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Das, an Disney oder ein Märchenschloss erinnernde, Schloss Wernigerode liegt etwas erhöht auf dem Berg, die Stadt überblickend und dort ist immer viel los. Wenn man den Berg noch etwas weiter erklimmt, zum Agnesberg, hat man eine wunderschöne Aussicht auf Schloss und Umland und das meist sogar ganz für sich alleine.

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Wer würde denken, dass Studenten auf diese Idee kommen: Wandertag. Mit meinen Uni-Mädels war ich an einem Sonntag im Oktober zu einer Herbstwanderung verabredet und wir sind zum Kaiserturm und in der Umgebung von Werni durch die Wälder gestapft. Drei Stunden ging unsere Wanderung und mit einer Portion Käsespätzle und Broten haben wir uns zwischendurch gestärkt und versucht jeden Sonnenstrahl einzufangen. Ein richtig gelungener Tag!

Hier im Harz gibt es ein Stempelheft, mit dem man die Harzer Wandernadel erlangen kann. Eine meine Freundinnen hat sich dieses zugelegt und somit haben wir noch eine Motivation mehr uns regelmäßig zum Wandern zu treffen, neue Wege im ganzen Harz zu erkunden und Berge zu erklimmen.

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Ich gehe auch super gerne einfach alleine eine Runde im Wald spazieren. Wenn der Tag bereits lang genug war, man viel zu viel gesessen hat, der Kopf nicht mehr produktiv mitdenken kann oder die Nase dringend etwas frische Luft benötigt, dann ist es Zeit für etwas Entspannung, Gedanken auslüften und wo geht das besser als im ruhigen Wald. Das ist gleich noch erholsamer und entspannender, wenn man einfach nur läuft und seinen Gedanken freien Lauf lässt. Das befreit und erfrischt die Gedanken und möglicherweise kommt man auf einige gute Ideen, Gedanken oder Einsichten. So geht mir das zumindest oft!

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Deswegen einfach mal das Handy zu Hause lassen und ohne Musik in den Ohren, nur mit den eigenen Gedanken im Kopf durch die Gegend streifen! Manchen mag das anfangs etwas schwer fallen, aber das ist so gesund und sollte viel öfter praktiziert werden. Sich einfach mal ganz alleine mit seinen Gedanken beschäftigen und nicht von ihnen Ablenken.

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Natürlich gibt es in Wernigerode nicht nur Wald, sondern auch eine super niedliche Innenstadt. Eine Einkaufsstraße zum Schlendern, viele klassische Restaurants, Konditoreien und Bäckereien, aber auch ein neues und „hippes“ Café. Man muss sagen, das Einzige hier, welches eher junge Leute anspricht, aber wir sind froh über alles was wir haben!

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Das Komplizen Café – es gibt guten Kaffee, sogar mit Hafermilch und den ganzen Tag Frühstück. Klassische Brot-Bretter mit Käse, Ei und Müsli oder auch Pancakes, French Toasts und Herzhafte Waffeln. Die Karte ändert sich sogar je nach Saison und gerade werden z.B. Pumpkin-Spice Latte oder Zimt-Pflaumen-Kompott Pancakes serviert.

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Man kann wirklich nicht sagen, dass in diesem kleinen Städtchen nichts los ist. Jedes Wochenende fragt man sich woher die ganzen Menschen kommen. Einen Tisch im Restaurant sollte man in der Ferienzeit definitiv im voraus reservieren, sonst wird es schwierig und vor allem zu Events, wie dem Schokoladen-Festival schieben sich tatsächlich Menschenmassen durch die kleinen Gassen.

Ab Dezember beginnt auch der Weihnachtsmarkt, welcher ebenfalls sehr empfehlenswert ist –  mit dem süßen Umfeld des Rathauses, der alten Häuser und der schönen Weihnachtsbeleuchtung. Da bekommt man sofort Weihnachtsstimmung und ein Gefühl von Gemütlichkeit!

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Ich hoffe euch hat dieser Einblick mit vielen Bildern und Tipps gefallen! Wart ihr schon mal im Harz? Würdet ihr, nach meinem Post, gerne mal hier herkommen? Seid ihr auch traurig das die farbenfrohe Herbstzeit schon wieder vorbei ist?

One Day on Rottnest Island | +Vlog

It’s only a week since I posted my first ever Vlog from my time in Perth and now there is already the next video: One Day on Rottnest Island.

I went with a ferry on a day trip to the famous island and explored it by bike. It was a really nice and exhausting day with the most amazing views and picture-perfect beaches.

Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t good enough to swim or snorkel, but I had a great time biking from viewpoint to beach to viewpoint, spotting a seal and at the end of the day, I was exhausted from all the hills and the wind that I fought against.

I had a lot of fun vlogging and filming that day as the island is not super busy and so I could talk to my camera with nobody listening :D but I really hope it shows you a bit more of the island than pictures could.

If you want to get some more information about my trip to Rottnest Island, head to my Perth & Surrounding Travel Guide and get inspired to go to Western Australia by the upcoming pictures :)

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What kind of videos would you like to see from me? Food related? Vlogs? Travel and Backpacking Tips?

 

Exploring the Secrets of Esperance in Western Australia

I decided to skip writing my diary blog posts with daily reviews of what I am up to. Even though it is a nice memory for myself to look back on later, it doesn’t really give any value to you and isn’t very interesting either. I much rather want to focus on the exciting things that I experience, my thoughts on different topics like travelling solo & being homesick and sharing content that brings value and inspiration to your life.

So if you have requests of blog posts or topics you would like me to talk about, please let me know down below!

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When I came to Western Australia, I suffered a little bit from the feeling of loneliness. I already wrote a little more about it in this blog post and also some of my tips against feeling lonely as a solo traveller.

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Anzeige |  So I wanted to get rid of these negative feelings inside of me and socialize more and as I already had two amazing tour experiences, I decided to book another six-day tour. This time Nullarbortravel* took me and my eleven travel mates from Perth to explore the south-west of Australia, the Secrets of Esperance and many more wonderful places.

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Day 1: Wave Rock & Fitzgerald River National Park

The first day is always very exciting when you meet your tour guide and group because I think they are the most important factors to make a great trip. Just like on my other tours we had a small bus (for around 20 people) and luckily, we were only 12 travellers, which is a great group size in my opinion as the chance of some cool people is big and you still get to know everybody in the six days quite well.

Once more I was blessed with a lovely tour guide. Nat (aka. Natalie) was just super funny, cute and she really cared for each and everybody.

My travel buddies were: an Aussie couple (Virginia and Mathew) from Victoria state, two more Aussie girls (Emily from Victoria and Tiffany from Sydney), Jeff from Canada, James from London, Josefine from Sweden and four other solo travelling girls, two from Swiss and two from Germany.

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Our journey started with a long driving day and our first stop at the famous Wave Rock. Before I came to Australia I was always keen to see this weird rock transformation in the shape of a wave. Now I have to say that it was not as impressive as I thought but still kinda cool though.

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We had lunch with thousand flies around our heads and then drove further into Fitzgerald River National Park, which is such a beautiful place on earth. We climbed up one of the mountains in the NP for a spectacular (almost) sunset view. The hike was the toughest I did in Australia (until now) because it was super steep and had many loose rocks, even though it’s quite short.

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The first night in a swag again was a little bit weird and I had to get used to it again. Also, it was freezing cold (summer nights in December can still get very chilly in the south) and our camping space had no light at all.

Those of you who already read my Outback Diary know what sleeping in a swag means, as I explained a bit in that blog post.

Nevertheless, it was wonderful to sleep under the stars again and I was excited for 5 nights of camping adventure.

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Oh, and we also spotted this beautiful huge spider at our camping toilet – fun, isn’t it? :D

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Day 2: Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park

The next day we had a stop at “Pink Lake” that actually isn’t pink anymore which is a little disappointing, but the algae that create the pink colour isn’t thriving at the moment because the water level is too high… still a pretty view though.

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We had several stops at different beaches that are all breathtaking: turquoise water, white sand and we were blessed with the nicest weather as well. So we enjoyed some time in the sand, sun and waves.

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We weren’t lucky to see kangaroo’s at the beach, but @lene_merle was.

Then we drove into Cape Le Grand National Park right to our camping spot for the night: Lucky Bay. One of the most famous beaches in whole Australia, because it is one of the whitest and very special for the fact that you can be lucky to see some kangaroos at the beach.

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In the afternoon we did an amazing 3-hour coastal walk from (I think) Hellfire Bay back to Lucky Bay. It was such a beautiful walk with so many great ocean and beach views and I think it would have been my favourite if we would have done it in the morning. I just prefer working out/hiking in the morning so much more! Especially for sunrise, but the sunset views we had at Lucky Bay afterwards were just insane!

Day 3: Frenchman’s Peak & Stirling Ranges

In the morning of day three, there was another hike on our to-do list. I love how you hike so much on these tours! I really enjoy being in nature, walking, getting a sweat on, feeling my legs the next day and having the greatest views at the top.

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But before, I got up at 4.10am to watch the sunrise at Lucky Bay – definitely worth getting up early!

Frenchman’s Peak is a rock (yep, it’s basically just one solid rock) not far from Lucky Bay, that is pretty steep and slippery. Especially the way down was difficult and not super safe. But we made it, and it was a great morning workout before we had our second breakfast: pancakes.

Afterwards, we could enjoy ourselves at Lucky Bay, soak in some sunshine and jump into the beautiful turquoise (but chilly) water.

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In the afternoon we had a long drive to the Stirling Ranges and saw the reddest sunset that I ever experienced before.

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Oh and we also had sooo many yummy strawberries! It’s so nice that it’s getting into strawberry season here now – I love it!

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Day 4: Climbing Castle Rock, Coastal Drives and Tingle Trees

Another day, another hike. But sadly the last one for our tour. We walked up the Castle Rock hill through a beautiful forest and this hike was my favourite because the way reminded me of hiking at home. I really enjoyed it and walked all by myself. The view from the top wasn’t as spectacular as the other ones we had before, but the little bit of climbing to get there at the end was super fun.

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The weather wasn’t that great that day, but we still enjoyed the views over the beautiful coastal scenery. We saw Elephant Rock, the Green Pools and the huge tingle trees.

In the evening we arrived at a rainy and wet campsite. I had a wonderful experience with a kangaroo that came so close to me (for more roo stories head to my Instagram @mind.wanderer), we had a birthday boy Mathew that day and celebrated with chocolate cake and had to sleep in the kitchen area of your campsite because it was so rainy outside – what an eventful day.

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Day 5: Tasting us through Margaret River

Day 5 wasn’t around hiking and moving, but more around driving around in Margaret River and testing us through all the different factories. We went to a distillery, several wineries, a dairy factory that sells super yummy ice cream and a chocolate factory. Had lunch at the beautiful Margaret River and went to a super fun pub where you can play a lot of funny games in the outside area.

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For sunset, we went to surfers point beach and had a beautiful pre-sunset view. Sadly, when the sun set there were too many clouds, so we could only see a slight red shimmer, but it was still super pretty.

Day 6: Ngilgi Cave Stories & Back to Perth

On our last day, we went to a cave in Dunsborough and heard some stories, information and wonderful didgeridoo songs by the Aboriginal Josh. He showed us traditional fire lighting, bush medicine and hunting equipment from his tribe, the Wardandi.

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Afterwards, we had a wonderful last lunch and swim in the most turquoise water I’ve ever seen and drive to Brusselton for our last real stop on tour before we headed back to Perth.

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To conclude: it was once again a great tour experience and I am very happy that I decided to book it and got to see some of the beauty that Western Australia has to offer. I’ll for sure come back to see the West Coast as it is supposed to be the most beautiful and untouristic part of Australia (but it’s not season right now).

And I learned on this tour that the first impression of people can sometimes be the complete opposite. At first, I thought, I would get along very well with my German speaking travel mates, but after day three I decided to try to stay away from them as much as possible as they only spread negativity against everything (and I mean really everything). And the people I thought would be boring turned out to be the nicest, loveliest and funniest! But that’s the great thing about these tour groups, you really get to know each other when you hang out for six days and usually, you get along very well because you already have a commonality: the urge to travel and adventure.

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*Disclaimer: I got a discount for my booking with Nullabor Travel, but I am obviously still 100% honest with all my reviews and thoughts.