Places to Visit in Liechtenstein

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Liechtenstein is a tiny European country, with a high standard of living, no army, alpine landscape, and many reasons for happiness. There aren't too many places to visit in Liechtenstein, but its charm is easy to catch even in a few kilometers. With a surface of only 160 km2 and less than 38,000 inhabitants, it is one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

As a German-speaking nation, Liechtenstein is strongly connected with Switzerland. Although it is such a small country, it is a center of international banking and commerce. The history of Liechtenstein began in 1790 when the Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire.

The country became independent in 1866, and it is the last legacy of the Holy Roman Empire. During the World War II, Liechtenstein was neutral and stands proudly today waving the flag of peace.

With the valley of the Rhine and the Alps, people in Liechtenstein cannot complain of a poor territory. The country is known for its trekking and biking tracks, for mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding. Even the mountains have a personality here, and they offer stunning views, eccentric castles, and peaceful time.

Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein

Breathtaking vista seen above Vaduz.

The list of places to visit in Liechtenstein begins with its capital. Vaduz is a new city, with modern architecture, which can seem strange in the spirit of old town Europe. However, Vaduz is beautiful as it is and has its own magic.

Here lives the royal family and you can see Prince's Castle as well as his Wine Collection, which is open for public. Many museums will catch your eye. Art and national history have their places in The Art Museum 'KunstMuseum' and Landesmuseum.

There is also a museum of postal history, Postmuseum, if you are interested in philately. If you want to feel like a royalty, visit the Treasure Chamber and admire jewels, weapons, and royal gifts.

Vaduz Castle is the royal residence, built in the 12th century and acquired by the Princely Family of  Liechtenstein in 1712. The castle is not opened to the public (the Prince lives here), but it is visible from any corner of the city, and it deserves a walk to it.

Once a year, on Liechtenstein's national day, all the residents are invited to a garden party at the castle.

Vaduz is definitely made for walking and admiring the inspiring mountain views. It is a tiny capital (not even the largest city in Liechtenstein), but it is picturesque and stylish.

Malbun, the perfect small ski resort

Malbun looks magnificent any time of year!

The main holiday resort in the country had to be on the list of places to visit in Liechtenstein. Malbun is the perfect destination for summer or winter. It has 23 km of slopes, not going higher than 2,000 m.

It also has cross-country trails, a fun park for snowboarders, winter trekking paths, and a winter sports school. The Alps make a beautiful landscape in all the seasons, and the trekking paths will take you to untouched wild areas.

From Vaduz to Malbun there are only 15 km, a perfect distance for biking or even walking.

Balzers

Gutenberg Castle towering above Balzers villages.

A little town with less than 5,000 inhabitants, Balzers is situated on the left bank of the Rhine. It is made from two villages, with cultural differences and a lot of competition.

Visit the Gutenberg Castle, a 12th-century fortification, rebuilt in the 15th and the 19th century. It has a lovely rose garden and a chapel. The castle is situated on a hill, in the middle of the town. There is no way to miss it.

Not so many places to visit in Liechtenstein

SIghts like this are pretty common in Liechenstein.

With its 11 municipalities and 11 miniature cities, Liechtenstein can be proud of a united community, with strong traditions, and high standards. They have one of the lowest unemployment rates, one of the lowest crime rates, and one of the highest lifestyle standards.

Liechsteiners are first in the world in false teeth production and a financial hub. They don't like to be disturbed during the lunch break, and they were invaded by accident.  

Liechtenstein is a funny little country, but it is a recipe for success. The beautiful Alps and Rhine Valley are an attraction for tourists. Even their wealthy neighbors (Austrians and Swiss) come here looking for a peaceful holiday.

In Liechtenstein, people live like in a good movie, and we all should learn from them. It doesn't matter how large you are, but how smart you are.


Are you curious about places to visit in Liechtenstein? Every step you take is a portion of happiness, joy, and wonder. And to complete the lesson, you have to know that this tiny country has an exceptional variety of animals (55 native mammals species, including 14 species of bat, 140 species of birds, and many others). Hearty people can be recognized after the well being of nature around them.

Monica Radulescu a freelance writer for aSabbatical.com
Travelling is a joy. It's a way to become a better and wiser person. Mountain paths and road trips are my favourites.