During my 7 months stay in Germany, i could never plan a “proper” trip to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. I hopped down at Schaan-Vaduz while on a diverted train from the regular Zurich-Munich route. Never really got to explore the full city or the beautiful landscape. But here are some photos from a friend’s album!
Most people outside of Europe are not aware of Liechtenstein. Though not a member of EU, tourists would be happy to know it IS a part of the Schengen area. Zurich airport in Switzerland is about 120 km from the Schaan-Vaduz Railway Station.
Liechtenstein has one of the highest GDP per capita in the world. The land area of the “micro-state” country measures only 160 square kilometers. It has a population of 37,000. As per wikipedia, “It’s known for its medieval castles, alpine landscapes and villages linked by a network of trails.” Anyone who sees these pictures would more than agree 🙂
The resort town of Malbun is a well known winter-sports destination in Liechtenstein. In the summer, hiking, swimming and mountain-biking destinations can be reached easily by local buses. The hiking trail itself is more than 400 km long. Other summer activities that you can find in and around Malbun & Vaduz include golf, paragliding, fishing and segway adventures.
Some unique experiences include a visit to the Treasure Chamber and to Winery of the Principality (belonging to the world’s 8th wealthiest Monarch). You can unwind at various outdoor “leisure and wellness centres”. The Hilti Art Foundation owns one of the largest private art collections. Hilti also happens to be the biggest company based out of Liechtenstein. You could also visit several castles, go herb-hunting in the mountains, or sample delicious alpine cuisines. In case you were wondering, there are several family holiday options and exciting offers too! Through Local Feedback, you can avail offers on hotel bookings as well.
May 1st to October 31st seem to be the ideal visiting time for tourists when most of the museums and castles are open.
If you have been to Liechtenstein, do share your experiences in the comments below! We’ll also be happy to read your blog post on travelling in Liechtenstein.