Katja Laurien

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Europe

Round Hike with Lake View: Heiligenschwendi

16. June 2020 • Katja Laurien

Are you looking for an easy, accessible hike with a great view over the lake of Thun? Then the round hike at Heiligenschwendi is a great option. The hike starts at an elevation of 1125 m at the Rehazentrum Heiligenschwendi and takes about 2-2.5 hours. The highest point is the view tower Blueme at 1392 m from where you can enjoy a 360 degree view over the area. From the Rehazentrum start following the signs to Niesenbänkli.

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Akamas Hiking Trails - Aphrodite & Blue Lagoon

28. March 2020 • Katja Laurien

The Aphrodite Trail is probably by far the most famous hiking trail in the Akamas Peninsula, (maybe even in all of Cyprus) and that for a good reason. The trail is relatively easy, very accessible and offers some wonderful views over the peninsula. Next to offering pretty views over the landscape from above, the trail also partially leads next to the coast, from where you can enjoy the view over the many small rock bays and the crystal clear water.

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Akamas Hiking Trails - Smigies & Pissouromoutti

15. March 2020 • Katja Laurien

The Akamas Peninsula is a beautiful national park in the northwest of Cyprus. Even before coming to Cyprus I knew this was the place where I’d spend most of my time. For some reason most tourists seem to skip this part of the island, even though it’s the most beautiful part in my opinion. It might be due to the fact that there’s no “big city” near, only two small towns, Latchi and Polis.

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Ayia Napa for Nature-Lovers: Cape Greco

3. March 2020 • Katja Laurien

When I first started researching the “to-do’s” in Cyprus, I quickly abandoned the idea of going to Ayia Napa. All I read gave me the impression that this is thé place to be for mass tourism, especially the partying people. That’s definitely not the kind of place I’d want to find myself during my precious holidays, so I thought I’d better skip it. Until I found a blog post about Cape Greco, the beautiful national park not even 15 minutes away from bustling Ayia Napa.

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Holland for Nature-Lovers: Zuid Kennemerland

2. November 2019 • Katja Laurien

One of the things I enjoy most about travelling is the fact that it makes me value my own country a lot more. As a nature lover I always used to consider myself to be very unfortunate to be born in the Netherlands. It’s one of the few countries people would definitely not travel to just for the nature. We don’t have the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean countries, we don’t even come close to the mountains the Alps (let alone any mountain) and our forests have nothing more to offer than any other European forest.

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Scenic Circular Hike from Simplon to Spitzhörli

12. September 2019 • Katja Laurien

For many, the Simplon Pass is no more than just a beautiful gateway between Switzerland and Italy, but there’s more to it. The pass actually has many hiking trails to offer. Finding a suitable day hike was not as easy, due to the huge choice. Eventually, I did get to make my decision: The round-way up to Spitzhörli (2737 m) it was going to be! The hike takes about 4.5 hours without breaks and leads up to the top of the Spitzhörli from where you can enjoy a wonderful view.

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Aletsch Glacier: The Greatest Glacier in the Alps

30. August 2019 • Katja Laurien

Most people know the Swiss canton Valais for the Matterhorn, but believe me, there is so much more out there. One of my favourite highlights is the Aletsch Glacier. It’s the largest glacier in the Alps which of course promises some spectacular views! It’s 23 km long, situated partially in the canton of Bern, the other side being in Valais. In Bern you can see the glacier from the Jungfraujoch. I’ve seen the glacier from both sides, but to be honest with you, I much preferred the Valais view.

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Idyllic Switzerland: From Ernen to Mühlebach

17. August 2019 • Katja Laurien

Today I want to introduce to you the hike between Ernen and Mühlebach. In fact, it’s only a short 30 min walk (one way), but it has quite a bit to offer: wonderful mountain views, two charming authentic Swiss villages and a suspension bridge. The suspension bridge between Mühlebach and Fürgangen Ernen and Mühlebach are both two picturesque villages which make you feel like travelling back in time.

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Alpine Flower Spectacle at the Oberaar Glacier

10. August 2019 • Katja Laurien

If you ever have to travel between the Swiss cantons Bern and Valais, consider not taking the “quick” car transport at Lötschberg, but the slightly longer, ever so beautiful route over the Grimselpass. Not only can you enjoy the wonderful view, but you might even decide to take a detour and hike around while you’re already there. View from the top of the Grimsel pass I can highly recommend hiking to the Oberaar glacier (Oberaargletscher).

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Lazy Hiking: Easy Loop Hike at Fafleralp

3. August 2019 • Katja Laurien

Who says a beautiful hike with breathtaking views has to be difficult? Sure, in most cases hard work gets rewarded with the best views, but there are some exceptions, such as the loop walk from Fafleralp in the Lötschen valley (Lötschental). The hike takes about 3-4 hours with a minimal elevation of around 300 m. Most parts of the hike are straight and very easily accessible. There is a possibility to continue the hike to the Anenhütte, which we didn’t do as we had a 2-year old hiking along with us (I guess that’s proof enough how easy the hike actually is).

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