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

Hallo! Ich bin Elena! Willkommen auf meinem Reiseblog Creativelena.com.
Ich bin die Kreativreisende, und Du offensichtlich neugierig.

*Was ist "Kreativ Reisen"? Antworten auf diese und viele weitere Fragen liefert Dir mein Reisehandbuch "The Creative Traveler's Handbook". Am liebsten reise ich im Rhythmus der Einheimischen und bin dazu bereits ein paar Mal um die Welt. Sechssprachig. Mit viel Charme, Herz und Hirn. Dies hat mich sowohl ruhig als auch rastlos gestimmt: In der Fähigkeit, inspirierende Geschichten über außergewöhnliche Menschen und Regionen zu erzählen, liegt mein größtes Lebensglück. Viel Vergnügen & Inspiration beim Stöbern durch meine Reisegeschichten!


Creative travel, hands-on workshops, cooking & craft lessons, painting, photography or simply preferring to speak four languages a day: Do you also prefer listening to locals’ advice, being off rather than on stage, being a traveller rather than a tourist? Then Creativelena’s Travel Blog is just what you are looking for!
Roaming my own home country Austria for great local pieces of advice, I also report on my travels around Europe, Asia, South America and Australia / New Zealand in both English and German with a focus on culinary, creative & curious travel stories. Enjoy!


Top Ten Instagram Travel Moments in 2014

Awesome “iphoneography”. I just love the aesthetics of my high resolution iPhone5 camera device coupled with the creativity and “filter-full” playground of Instagram. As a travel blogger, Instagram is one of my favourite Social Media apps apart from Facebook, Twitter or Google+. I use it all the time to share those travel moments & photographs I deem […]

Reisefoto des Tages: Ich & mein Frühstück in luftiger Höhe auf der Terrasse vor meinem Baumhaus. Diesen Moment werde ich glaube ich nie vergessen, so gut hat es hier oben, mitten in den Baumkronen, geschmeckt!

Top Travel & Accommodation Tips when visiting Leipzig & the Leipziger Land

Katja is a sly person full of charm and wit. We are here in Leipzig with her, touring the city’s history and (culinary) heritage with her as part of a culinary treasure hunt with a GPS tracker looking for … Larks. And lions! “If you can take pictures of 20 lions during this city tour, you will […]

Und Kathi? Ja, die hat uns alle schon mal "gerettet" ... was für ein vergnüglicher Ausflug!

Cycling, Hiking & River-Cruising the Saxon Heathland & Burgenland near Leipzig

Taking a “Siebenrad” dinghy-bike along the Saxon river Mulde. Hiking the so-called “Heath-Beaver-Tour”. Those who still believe that the Germans are merely “stiff & serious” are proven wrong here. In the Leipziger Land, in any case, they are quite creative! “Actually, we were just tinkering,” Christine Bretschneider laughs in explaining the so-called “Siebenrad” bike. This […]


#deutschlandaktiv: Travel Tips for the Leipzig Lake District.

“Elena discovers the wildly romantic nature and cultural landscape of the Leipziger Land” … When I first made up my mind about a slogan for my upcoming trip to the city of Leipzig & the Leipzig Lake District, I had no idea how much this expression would actually hit the mark. The landscape here is truly “romantic”, for instance when spending […]

Ein Blick auf die Innenstadt Dresdens mit der berühmten Frauenkirche im Hintergrund. Wir nächtigen direkt im edlen QF Hotel direkt hier am Platz - ein Vorteil für zentrale Stadtbesichtigungen.

Art, Atmosphere & Culture: “Digging Dresden” in Eastern Germany.

“Digging Dresden”?! If you are in for exploring a new city with a jolly happy English girl (“BackPackerBecki“) as well as a cool Canadian lady, Leigh McAdams who “HikeBikeTravels”, talking Saxon German, English as well as Canadian, then you may well mix everything up a little. Like, for example, the story of our darling city guide Christoph […]

Erinnerungen an stürmische & gleichzeitig traumhafte Momente: Blick auf den Strand von Wustrow an der deutschen Ostseeküste.

Photo Challenge in April: Water. 5 continents flow into 5 stories!

“Show me your water!”, is what Carolin Hinz proclaims on her travel blog “Esel Unterwegs” (Travelling Donkey), inviting us to participate in a collection of travel articles showing what experiences we have had in or around “water”. Even while I am reading hers, my mind starts wandering off to all those particular travel memories concerning water. I […]


Quirky travel tips for a weekend spring break in Berlin

It happened to us: We are in Berlin and just feel tired. Is it spring fatigue? A coming of age? Or is it (much more simply) a lack of sleep? For sure, the world’s largest travel trade show ITB Berlin has totally worn us out over a 72-hours long “trade show marathon”. Check out what we have […]


Travel Highlights 2013: From A like Andalucia to Z like Zollverein

Travelling and immersing oneself in foreign cultures: A daunting thought to some, while others consider it second nature. Being of the latter, I personally find it very hard to understand that some people plan their annual holiday trip according to a random price in a magazine. “The all-inclusive deal to Spain is € 150,- less than the […]

Süß !! "Mein Freund, der Rächermann". / Foto: Anna Zell

Seiffen: A winter fairytale

Some 25 years ago, it happened for the first time. Three weeks before Christmas, my grandmother handed me a wooden box. She gave me one of those looks, reminding me to take special care of it. Her eyes, however, were warm and smiling. Bursting with curiosity, I opened my little treasure box. And there they […]


Cycling in the Heilbronn Wine District

Do you know the best thing about an E-Bike? They allow you to cycle up the (wine-terraced) hills while still being able to enjoy the surrounding wine landscape. I arrive at the top of the hill south of the city of Heilbronn without breaking a sweat – a nice feeling alright. Ok, the sportiest among you might say, “riding […]

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