The whole town is very relaxing, we had a tour around the town, the Bad Wörishofen Rose garden and had the pleasure of meeting Jochen Reisberger, the spa Manager who has been interested in water and health since being a child and is clearly very passionate about the Kneipp philosophy. It was great to tour the hotel, see the treatment rooms and the spa- I even spotted a lying down shower that sounds incredible!
Dinner the first day was at a really impressive Bavarian Restaurant called Löwenbräu, I actually can’t remember what I had but we tried a Barwurz Vogelbeer Enzian which is warm beer and got to experience a very local German restaurant which was a real treat.
Day two was another early start but a rather pleasant one as we had an early morning treatment. The therapists had access to our rooms and at around 6am came in for the Hay Sack treatment whilst we were all asleep. She placed a linen bag of hay which had been heated with hot water steam on my upper back and wrapped me like a cocoon, which was really comforting and I was surprised about how relaxed my shoulders were after!
The second treatment before breakfast was downstairs, we bathed our legs in hot and cold water to both wake us up and get our circulation going, it’s actually a really good treatment that you can try at home to help strengthen your immune system. In Germany people are actually advised by their doctors to visit the Kneipp Health Spa which really proves how amazing the Kneipp theory and spas are! Its seen as a more natural and holistic way to deal with certain medical issues with great results.
We then visited Sebastian Kneipp’s burial spot and the museum for a little more history on the brand before heading back to the hotel to cook our own lunch.I haven’t had the chance to try the recipes at home but once I do I’ll share them on here or Snapchat as the food was delicious, easy to make and healthy. There was no meat or processed food but the meal was truly delicious!
For the second portion of the trip we moved onto Würzburg, a city in the Bavaria region that I really fell in love with. We had drinks on a really quaint bridge before a spot of dinner and starting our Night Watchman Tour. If you ever find yourself in Würzburg then I can’t recommend the tour enough!
The third day we went off on our factory tour, it was by far the most interesting factory tour I’ve ever been on! Everyone that works at the factory seems to be very passionate and knowledgeable about the products which I think is quite rare nowadays. Most of the people we met on the trip had been brought up with Kneipp in their home and lived a very Kneipp inspired life. We got to see all the raw materials, see how the quality was so highly controlled and see everything get packaged up.
Since I’ve been back I have been using lots of their products and I can’t believe how affordable and high quality they are. The bath salts are my personal favourites although the whole body range is amazing, the scents are very natural smelling which is a big thing for me but more importantly really work. I haven’t had a chance to try the skincare yet but I’ve heard such good things and I am really excited to do so.
Although the bf and I go out for dinner all the time I don’t think we really do enough other date night (probably my fault) so this weekend we went bowling, just the two of us and it was such good fun!
I’ll admit that I never win him at anything that required physical activity other than at a golf driving range and he totally taught me everything I know. I’m not the best loser so luckily he also helped me through bowling and I think I got my first spare and strike in the last ten years!
We went to All Star Bowling Lanes which I’ve actually been to before and it’s by far the best bowling alley I’ve ever been to! It’s not too big and I would recommend booking but it’s got a real luxurious feel to it.
After our two games of bowling (and yes I lost both) we, of course, had to have dinner, because what is date night with no food? The menu is very American-inspired, with all the burgers, hot dogs and nachos you would expect. We shared a Popcorn Squid, which is probably the best squid I’ve ever had as I love crispy food and I went for the Meatball Hoagie off the specials menu, Mike got a burger and we shared some chips. Actually, we ended up sharing our whole meal, since sharing is caring and he really wanted to try the meatballs.
The meatballs were so good and I’d highly recommend them (I did remove the cheese on my half as I try not to eat dairy) but they are limited edition so you’ll have to get in there this month to try them for yourself. Oh, also get the Gin and Elderflower Julep Jar, such a good cocktail!
I’ve been getting lots of questions about how I drink so much water, I’m not usually someone that does drinks much but in the last month I’ve been drinking more, around 3-4 litres a day. I’m not going to say it’s changed my life but I’ve been enjoying it and have found my skin to be clearer too. I know it is something people do struggle with so here some tips…
Set a target- Everyday I’ll set myself a target on how much water I want to drink, you can drink too much so don’t over do it but my personal target is 3 litres if I haven’t worked out and 4 if I have. I then set targets throughout the day, at the gym I drink a litre and then set the next three out throughout the day. If you’re really struggling to drink enough (2 litres is the recommended amount) then it might be worth drawing a little colour in diagram each morning in your diary or using a water counter app (like Daily Water Free).
Find the right bottle- This is probably the thing that has helped me the most, it took me a little while to find the right bottle and it’s probably not permeant. I personally don’t really like drinking out of glasses and think bottles are a far easier way to drink water as you can carry it around with you and keep track of the amount you drink. I’ve tried filter bottle, I have an embarrassing amount of regular reusable bottles and I’ve also tried portable cups with a straw but I’ve been sticking to my Evian 1litre bottle for a while now. They’re not too easy to find and usually have to be bought as a multi-pack but I love how easy it is to track my water with these, they’re also double the size of regular bottles without being as heavy as 1.5 litre bottles which you normally get as the next size up. I also think they’re not as scary as the 1.5 litres and I can get through these quickly easily. I do refill these throughout the day whenever I have finished a bottle but I think I will be looking for a 1litre reusable bottle (Bobble do some good ones) as I know these plastic ones aren’t great.
Keep the bottle with you- I try to never leave home without a bottle, this way I don’t have to worry about finding water to drink or buying a bottle whilst I’m out. It takes away the temptation to buy a Diet Coke instead and I just think that the more convenient the better.
Invest in a filter- This is something I personally don’t do but I know I should (I just drink tap water). Buying water in the supermarket is an unnecessary expense as well as bad for the environment, if I had to pay £3 each day for my daily intake of water I’m sure I would drink much less. Filtering tap water makes so much more sense but also gets rid of contaminants which may be in water.
Cut back on non-water drinks- Although I do have a small cup of tea in the morning, I rarely have anything else that isn’t water. I personally just feel that it’s unnecessary chemicals/calories that I don’t really need to be putting into my body. I’ll indulge about once a week in a glass of wine or even a glass of diet coke but I try not to make it a regular thing.
Add flavour- This is a favourite of mine in the summer months but adding fruits, vegetables and herbs to your water is great, especially if you find water boring. I personally love to add cucumber, lemon and mint to mine but there are so many different option, you’ll just need to experiment to find the right one for you.
Don’t over do it- Drinking too much water can also be bad for you, you definitely want to spread your water consumption out throughout the day. I’d also avoid too much water just before bed as you don’t want it disturbing your sleep.
Last week before heading to Rome I decided that I didn’t want a big handbag that I had to lug around with me all day whilst sight seeing and eating ice cream. I had a online for handbags which I could wear cross body and which were also light-weight and pretty. I spotted this Dorothy Perkins one on the House of Fraser website and fell in love with it as it can also be worn as a clutch.
My boyfriend was a bit of a star in Rome and offered to carry my DSLR camera in his rucksack so I just had to pack a few more of my essentials.
In terms of beauty I kept it minimal, a Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder to obviously powder my face but which also has a great size mirror, to go with that I packed my Real Techniques Setting Brush- it’s my favourite! Just incase my eyeliner did decide to melt off (it was warmmm!) I packed my Sisley So Intense Liner and my Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Rose Apricot for post pizza application.
With that there are a few essentials; a phone charger and european adapter, my vlogging camera for quick videos and my favourite La Moda Sunglasses. When trying to keep my bag light I also swap out my big chunky purse for a smaller coin purse, this one actually lives inside my larger purse so is really convenient. In my purse I kept the basics; ID, money and my bank card.
I’m so glad I kept it light for Rome as we walked so much! I can’t wait to share more Rome posts over the coming month so keep an eye out!
I’ve been back from Berlin for about 6 weeks now, I was only there three days and I am definitely not an expert but I thought I would share my own experiences, which will hopefully help a few of you.
If you’re considering Berlin then I would recommend it for a really inexpensive holiday (if your UK based), it isn’t my favourite place ever but I would go back, especially as the whole trip was so affordable. Flights from London are fairly cheap (mine were around £40 return), we stayed at an inexpensive Holiday Inn and once there most things were quite affordable too.
I’m going to be writing a blog post about how to book/plan a city trip so I am going to keep this very Berlin based.
The metro is super easy to use, download an app or even use Google Maps to find out which train you need to get on. There is an honour system when it comes to the metro so there are no barriers but be sure to buy a ticket and stamp it before getting on the train or you will get a fine.
Although the first day we used the train a fair amount we soon learnt that walking was the best way to see the city, Berlin isn’t a huge city and as long as you have comfy shoes you can walk almost everywhere.
In my opinion three days was the perfect amount of time, we done everything we wanted to and even had some time to relax and chill.
In the winter Berlin is freezing, I wore a hat, thermals and everything else that I could find. Flights are cheaper in winter but bare in mind you’ll need to wrap up warm.
Holiday Inn City Centre
When it came to finding a hotel we went with my trusty inexpensive favourite, Holiday Inn. We stayed in the City Centre one, the location was perfect, not too busy but still within walking distance of almost everything. We had breakfast there which was really convenient and set up our days perfectly. The rooms aren’t huge but they were all we needed and most importantly were clean and comfortable. Of course it isn’t an overly luxe boutique hotel but if you need somewhere to lay your head that won’t break the bank I would highly recommend it!
After arriving just before lunch time and dropping our suitcases at the hotel we headed to Burger Meister, a old public toilet which has now been transformed into a cool burger place. It’s got great reviews on Tripadvisor and I must admit it didn’t disappoint. We each got a burger, shared some fried and it was both ridiculously cheap and delicious.
We then took a stroll to the East Side Gallery which is a 1.3km section of the Berlin Wall, it’s a huge piece of German history and there are some really iconic images on it.
Whilst looking for the Berlin Cathedral we also passed Unter den Linden which is a well known boulevard there but sadly it was under construction so wasn’t as impressive as it probably usually is. We had issues getting to the Berlin Cathedral too as many roads were closed (due to a politician visiting Berlin), although we managed to find it and have a look around the outside the inside was closed and we decided to save this for another visit.
We then walked towards the Neptune Fountain, the base of the Berlin TV Tower and AlexanderPlatz. We didn’t go into Berlin TV Tower and I wouldn’t really say these are a must-see but nice for a quick look around. We did then make a cheeky stop at Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt, which is a fun chocolate shop (think the German M&M world) and naturally we bought some chocolates for family members (& ourselves.)
After warming up in the hotel we went to dinner at Vapianos Potsdam Platz, although it’s a chain and we try not to eat at chains when abroad neither of us had ever been to Vapianos and since it originally started in Germany we thought it was okay. It was a fairly short walk from our hotel and gave us the opportunity to see Potsdam Platz at night, plus the pasta was delicious!
We started day two quite early, having had breakfast at the hotel and realising that most museums didn’t open until 10am we headed to Check Point Charlie. It was originally a point crossing between East Berlin and West Berlin during the cold war, it’s now just a photo opportunity and overly touristy. It’s worth walking past but I do wish that the men dressed in army uniforms weren’t there as it almost seems a little disrespectful.
Just round the corner from Check Point Charlie we accidentally stumbled upon Trabi World which is house to lots of Trabi Cars, which were the most common vehicles in East Berlin. We didn’t rent one this time but I think I probably would the next time I go back, for us it was just a fun places to walk past and take a few photos. If you do visit, make the most of their photobooth, it’s only a few euros and a nice token of Berlin.
We then started our museum visits at Topography of Terror, an outdoor and indoor history museum. I’ll admit that I was a little overwhelmed by this museum, there was a lot of writing and a lot of photos to get through but it is very informative. Our next stop was the Holocaust Memorial which is worth a visit and doesn’t take too long to explore, we didn’t realise that there is a free museum underground so that’s worth noting as it’s suppose to very engaging and touching.
It was then a short walk to Brandeburg Gate, it’s a touristy sight but also a great piece of history so worth a look. We were planning to also visit the Reichstag Building day two but discovered you had to pre-book tickets so instead spent an hour queuing to book a ticket for the following day.
Lunch was at Treffpunkt Berlin which is apparently a German classic, I would probably skip this, it was very average tasting and a little greasy for my taste.
Our next stop was the Palace of Tears which was once the train station border crossing, it was probably one of the most interesting places we visited and I’d recommend the audio tour if you have the time. We followed this with a train to the Berlin Wall Memorial which is worth a look but we didn’t spend too much time here but partly because it was so cold and started to snow.
Also up there with the most interesting places was the Jewish Museum, it’s different to the other ones we visited and more like a traditional museum you would see in London. It was a really educational, thought-provoking museum with lots of rooms and things to see and do.
For dinner we faced the Mustafa Kebab queue which I’ve heard can be hours long! We were lucky it was a really cold night so the queue was a little shorter and we only waited an hour or so. Rumour has it that these are the best kebabs ever and I’ll admit they were pretty good although I am not a kebab connoisseur. As you can imagine it’s super cheap and there also isn’t anywhere to sit as it’s a street stand not a restaurant but still worth queuing for!
Our final day in Berlin was a pretty relaxed one, we had booked tickets for the Reichstag building the day before but I would really recommend doing this online as you’re unable to book tickets for the same day and the queue to book for the following day was long (and cold!). It’s free to get in so I would definitely recommend visiting it and even listening to the audio tour. The audio tour gives you a great overview of Berlin’s history and architecture plus the view is beautiful!
We ended our trip by buying a few fridge magnets as a souvenir and chilling in a cute little coffee shop.
I’m off to Rome tomorrow so I would love any tips and recommendations in the comments. Also follow me on Snapchat for live updates from Italy, username: alittleobsessed