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You wouldn't be here if you weren't curious.*

Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?

*Check out my book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, for learning more about what we mean by creative travel. Travelling means the world to me, makes me fit for everday life and sometimes, I trust, also calmer on the inside. Read this blog with a smile, share what you love and remember to check back regularly: After all, when was the last time you did something for the first time?

Wine

Discover the racy Schilcher & Südsteiermark wine growing districts of Styria.

“And right over there, you can see the Hochgrail vineyards, having scored second in the national TV show ‘9 Plätze, 9 Schätze’ last year”, Verena explains, showing off a truly picturesque hillside trimmed to perfection over vineyard lanes, houses and orchards. Such is the scenic welcome when travelling to Weststeiermark wine growing district, located in and around […]

Sie und ihr Mann bewirtschaften insgesamt ... Hektar Rebfläche, vorwiegend mit den Sorten ...

A journey to Vulkanland Steiermark: “Volcanic Hillsides & Spicy Wines”.

Styria is known to be the prime Austrian travel destination for foodies. Many titles, such as the so-called “Culinary Capital City Graz“, hint towards the region being a great destination for anybody who loves great food. And truth be told, the density of excellent local producers- wine, juices, schnapps, vinegar, oil, ham, cheese, chocolate – […]

Travelling to Montafon in Vorarlberg: Hiking, biking and mountain culture experience.

Once a year, a couple of us Austrian travel bloggers gather together and meet up for an annual travel event in our home country. It is a lucky circumstance we could all travel and meet again this year, and even luckier that we were hosted by no less a beautiful region than Montafon, Vorarlberg, in the […]

Photo Festival #LaGacilly in Baden near Vienna: “All Eyes East” in 2020.

For the third time now in 2020, the city of Baden near Vienna is hosting the “Festival La Gacilly – Baden Photo“, the largest open air photo festival in Europe. This year’s festival bears an exciting promise, calling “All Eyes East” to Baden. Thus, the city of Baden along with its parks and city centre converts […]

Wo sonst kann man wirklich mitten im Weingarten mit Blick auf die Stadt Wien und dennoch stilvoll im Grünen sitzen ...?

New Website “Urlaub am Winzerhof”: Wine Travel Stories

Since the beginning of this year, I have been writing for a digital magazine called “Urlaub am Winzerhof” (Austrian Wine Farm Holidays). Their website www.urlaubamwinzerhof.at tells you more about different overnight stays on winegrowing estates in Lower Austria, Burgenland or Styria. In addition, some of their short stories are authored by me, telling you more […]

“Gaisberg Uncorked”: Sample a great series of wine events in my home town Strass, Lower Austria!

With so much commitment shown by the (young) winegrowers of the wine village Strass, my small little hometown in the Lower Austrian Kamptal, I find myself really really proud today. Wonderful to see what the “young creatives” are capable of achieving. Because “Gaisberg Uncorked“?! I mean, really … What is that supposed to be? Well, the […]

Romantic Road Germany Part I : The City of Würzburg.

“Würzburg is sooo beautiful … Enjoy Würzburg and the wines of Franconia”, my travel friends advise about my short stay in Würzburg. As part of the “Romantic Road“, the Franconian town is surrounded by countless romantic vineyards on the Main river. I take to visiting “Vinothek Wohlsein Weine” with their goal to introduce younger, smaller […]

Von der Höldrichsmühle aus ...

Weekend getaway in the Vienna Woods: Hotel Höldrichsmühle & Franz Schubert.

“Am Brunnen vor dem Tore, da steht ein Lindenbaum …” Gently, I recall the famous melody to this traditional Austrian folk song written by Franz Schubert, Austria’s famous 18th century composer. We follow in the footsteps of our host, Irene Moser, who leads us around the historical Höldrichsmühle hotel. A property close to Vienna, yet still […]

... am meisten beeindruckt hat mich der durchdringende Blick dieses weißen Tigers im Doblhoffpark ...

Fotofestival #LaGacilly in Baden near Vienna: Check out Europe’s largest open air photo festival in Austria!

Imagine visiting the town of Baden near Vienna. The sweet scent of thousands of roses, the fairy-tale like Doblhoff park, the historic little streets of the old town. And all of a sudden … the roar of a lion. The glaring stare of a white tiger. The intense look of an exotic pair of birds. The […]

Ever thought of visiting Saint Paul’s Abbey in Lavanttal, Carinthia? You should.

If coming from Lower Austria to the north, and driving via the Packsattel pass, you can definitely draw “a different breath of fresh air” beyond. Carinthia, the south of Austria, feels just different, more “southern” already! It’s what Pater Maximilian must have thought, as he “applied” to be taken from his original Benedictine abbey of […]

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