No crown in her hair, no coach in the parking lot, no enchanted frog prince in sight: our meeting in the plaza of Binissalem seems to be quite normal. Astrid, Princess of Stolberg doesn´t set too much store by the fairytale clichés of her title. She doesn´t even want it. “I carry no title of nobility. Princess is just part of my name. Nothing more and nothing less,” says the 53-year-old German who moved to the island 17 years ago with her husband, Prince Christian of Stolberg-Wernigerode, and their two children.
However, she is a celebrity here, even without a castle or using her title. She´s achieved her own glory during the past six years on the island, in every sense of the word. The German media widely consider the Princess of Stolberg “the most famous hiking guide of Mallorca”. Some weeks ago, the German news magazine Focus published a hiking reportage with her, and – for travel magazine GEO Saison – the Princess is a “luminary in terms of trekking” in Mallorca. Even television and radio stations have been repeatedly reporting on the blonde superwoman with an aristocratic name.
Astrid of Stolberg explains her own wanderlust as a simple love of nature. “I just like mountains a lot,” says the professional fashion and advertising designer. In Germany she had already done a lot of hiking. Later, on the island, she was amazed by the mountains in western Mallorca, rising up 3,280 feet and more. “At first, I was mostly walking alone through the wilderness,” she recalls of her first Tramuntana tours. She doesn´t move slowly, though, but pretty quickly and athletically. “Sometimes I stayed the night somewhere in open nature.” Armed with nothing but a sleeping bag.
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The more new routes and pathways she discovered in Mallorca’s mountains, the more friends joined her on her expeditions. One day she was asked if she could organize a hiking tour for a fee. Astrid did not hesitate and said yes, thus establishing her reputation as the most sought-after hiking guide on the island.
“Princess is part of my name. Nothing more and nothing less”.
Besides the impressive nature experience she likes about her work, she gets to know people on the walking tours. “It’s fascinating to spend a lot of time with people from such diverse social classes while hiking. Sometimes there are stressed-out managers, lonely singles, single mothers, lawyers, employees, or freelancers. Each of them holds a surprise that deserves to be explored,” she says.
Hiking is not the only way to maintain the Princess of Stolberg´s good mood and physical fitness. Just a few weeks ago, she and her team mates from the swimming club “Esmas” in Palma broke the Spanish record in 4×100 relay in their age group. This July she wants to participate in several open-water swimming competitions off the southeast coast of Mallorca. In winter, the power woman prefers skiing.
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In spite of the many sporting activities, she finds time for new creative projects. The Princess of Stolberg has been marketing beauty treatment and cosmetic products under her own name since early this year – also on the Internet. “It all started a few years ago, when I decided to create massage and bath oils for personal use – from different Mediterranean herbs and essential oils such as almond, rosemary and lavender,” Astrid tells us.
Thanks to a steadily growing demand in her own circle of friends and acquaintances, she commissioned a cosmetics company to produce a range of beauty products: currently body oil, various lotions, facial oils, skin peeling agents and bath salts. Her unshakeable credo: pure nature. “It is highly important to me that none of the products include any mineral oils or artificial preservatives. Based on clinical trials, the efficacy of each of my skin and body care products is proven,” says Stolberg.
The Princess of Stolberg is a fount of creativity and vitality. In addition to marketing her beauty products and scouting out new hikes through the mountains – “It gets harder and harder to find largely undiscovered spots in the Tramuntana” – she is already dreaming of putting her impressions of the landscape on canvas, using acrylics. “It’s terrible. I have so many ideas,” she says with a winning smile. Obviously this fairytale is far from over.