Don't Miss Places In Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein’s national population is no bigger than that of a town. This small country has strong ties with neighboring country Switzerland and uses Swiss currency. Liechtenstein was formed in 1719 when Prince Johann – Adam Liechtenstein joined together the two small territories of Vaduz and Schellenberg that were former parts of the Holy Roman Empire.
Since the 1950s, Liechtenstein has become an industrialized nation with one of the highest standards of living in the world. Banking and tourism are the country’s two leading industries. The production of textiles, chemicals, and pottery are also important. A great deal of its revenue comes into the economy from the foreign businesses that have built their headquarters here, attracted to Liechtenstein’s low taxes.
Here are the top ten not to be missed places when in Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein National Museum
A visit to the Liechtenstein National Museum is a real pleasure because it reflects the interesting and significant past of this country in a very informative way. The museum is divided into themes such as housing, work rule, culture, religion, etc. And for those who do not speak German you can borrow an audio guide, it is included in the entrance fee. For 3 hours, you can discover Liechtenstein in all its glory. The exhibition of stuffed animals is a delight to the little ones.
If you happen to be in the center of Vaduz, the State Museum is very convenient for a cross section through the historical and geological history of the country. There are also beautifully presented ethnographic objects. The museum is large enough for the small country, and you will not be overwhelmed with too much information and time.
Additional information is provided by the polite guides at the museum, which is well laid out and suitable for children. The exhibitions are neatly presented and not overloaded with unnecessary information.
While at the museum, you will receive a short and concise description that includes lots of background images. The exhibits are simply explained while being very engaging. Everything is wheelchair accessible, and there are no problems getting through the exhibition from one part to another. It is recommended to purchase a combined ticket that includes a visit to the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein.
TheVaduz Castle is the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. It overlooks a steep hillside, high above the country’s capital. The castle’s oldest fortification dates back to the 1500s. At the beginning of the 20th Century, it was expanded into a residence where the royal family has had their permanent residence since 1938. The castle is impressive from the outside and sits above Vaduz. The path goes from the center via a pedestrian road upwards and is packed with information boards. On the way to this top tourist site, there is a small viewing platform just before the castle. Since it is the private residence of Prince, it cannot be visited.
Thus, only the outer wall remains accessible to visitors. However, there are professional tour guides who can provide interesting insights into the history of the castle and the royal family. The lush green promenade around it, as well as the forests and grasslands, is open to the public. For those who need a closer look, they can take a walk in the car park which is 150 meters above the castle. It has a wonderful overview into the Rhine Valley and the Alps. On National Day (August 15) a celebration is held on its grounds complete with a church service, speeches, guest aperitif, free meal, and fireworks on the castle meadow.
Liechtenstein Tourist Information Center
The Liechtenstein Tourist Information Center is located in the center right next to the National Museum, Stamp Museum and Art Gallery, and the beautiful government district of Vaduz. It is situated in an impressive building that is made of wood and glass. The building was designed and built in a very original eco-style architecture. Once inside, you can get information on travel and the tourist attractions of Liechtenstein. For a few Euros, your passport can be stamped with a visa to confirm your visit.
This small and very quiet town is an ideal place for walking with a little main street where you can sit and eat in one of the restaurants and some souvenir shops in the center. The capital of a one of the most prosperous country in the world seems to have come out of fairy tales with its impeccable cleanliness and a population with happiness in their eyes. The locals should be very proud of their capital because it is progressive and peaceful. Every 200 meters there is a parade of buses that can take you to any part of the country. It looks more like a village and not a capital with one of the world's highest costs of living.
Postage Stamp Museum
The Postage Stamp Museum tells the postal history of the city with lots of variety of stamps and equipment used for its operation. This place is very useful for those who are knowledgeable about the subject and more interesting for the certified philatelist. The museum is tiny, and it only takes 10 minutes to absorb everything it offers. Fortunately, it is free. There is a short film (in English) that tells the manufacturing process and origin of the stamps. The oldest postcards are also exposed as well as the latest released issues. You can buy postcards with stamps included for those who are interested. The exhibits are plentiful and provide an interesting picture of the postal sector of the Principality.
This small museum on the second floor of the English building in the pedestrian zone in Vaduz is also worth a visit. Here, you can see century old mailing equipments (boxes, scales, Stagecoach, and a map of the old mail route along the Via Mala). But the centerpiece is the huge collection of Liechtenstein postage stamps. It is classified by its release times (from 1912) and sorted by topic: Christmas, the royal family members, special events, etc. Liechtenstein stamps are designed very artistically and always have beautiful and unique designs. Since they are also made in limited runs (after printing the print template will be destroyed), Liechtenstein is a popular destination for stamp collectors from around the world.
This is a museum of modern art with lots of international painting from modern and contemporary artists. From the outside, the museum is already something special. It is, in fact, a black stone cube located right on the main street of Vaduz and therefore very easy to remember and cannot be missed. In the entrance, there is an integrated shop where you can purchase copies of works exhibited as well as books about modern art. From the friendly receptionist, you will be given available brochures where some (not all) exhibits will be described.
The exhibitions are always changing and presented in a simple style of exhibit and showrooms. The sometimes grotesque works stand out clearly from the white wall and fall directly into the view of the eye. The artists always have food for thought and conversational art pieces, but some can not convey the idea behind the works. However, the friendly staff in every showroom will be happy to provide information, and they will explain the many works which makes the visit more enjoyable. All in all, the visit to the museum in Vaduz can change your perception and mental image of modern art.
Hofkellerei (Wine Cellars) of the Prince of Liechtenstein
Just outside of Vaduz is the Hofkellerei, the Wine Cellars of the Prince. The pink farm buildings which can be seen from the main road are picturesquely situated in front of the mountains, across a vineyard. The building looks new and presentable. In the wine cellar, you can taste the local varieties at a bar. In another basement, you can see and savor other alcoholic drinks.
It offered numerous wines that are aged and processed in Herawingert in Liechtenstein, but only Pinot Noir (red) and Chardonnay (white) are freely given for wine tasting samples. The other varieties of good wine such as Riesling, Zweigelt, Merlot and Riesling come from a winery in Austria, which the royal family has traditionally kept since the 15th century. A tour to the Hofkellerei includes a visit to its specialty restaurant with a beautiful terrace overlooking the vineyard. The wine tasting at Hofkellerei is very well organized and enjoyable from start to finish.
Two smart and savvy women accounted for the refreshments and all the information plus they are very accommodating and happily answer every question of their curious guests. The wines from Liechtenstein are not sold in other parts of Europe, but they are of excellent quality and foreign guests are given lots of opportunities to buy the exquisite Liechtenstein wine.
Ski Region Malbun
The Malbun Ski Region is the only ski resort in Liechtenstein and is located at about 1600 meters above sea level. The ski area is compared to the slopes in Austria or Switzerland although it is relatively small. It caters to toddlers and beginners with a long gentle slope which is perfect for learning. Otherwise, there are three other lifts which lead up to 2000 meters above sea level. The runs are relatively short. Prices are fairly attractive and the staff is very well organized. For families with children or honeymooning couples, it is the perfect ski resort.
They have friendly lift personnel, a sensational ski school and a manageable size without any waiting time at the lift which makes it the best choice when in Liechtenstein. They have great deep snow areas without slope constraints and German environmental regulations. Your holiday ski vacations are only limited by possible avalanche warnings. The ski resort is hidden in the mountains of Liechtenstein and just a few minutes walk from Vaduz offers stunning nature views and excellent infrastructure. It is not too crowded and provides more elevation than other nearby Swiss inspired ski resorts in the area.
The Sareis Chairlift traverses from the mountain resort at 1600 meters above sea level up in the Malbun Region that is over 2000 meters above sea level. At the top, a large and beautiful mountain restaurant is located with an excellent panoramic visibility in the three-country summit of Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Austria.
The chairlift tour is an enticing way to relax and enjoy the alpine panorama and is also ideal as a starting point for several hiking trips in the nearby peaks and trails. It is an excellent option to escape from the mists of the valley in Malbun. Take the chairlift up the mountain and with a kart walk back down to visit a small village filled with the cold fog.
Malbi is a little incline slope with both an enchanted carpet and tow rope for all fledgling new skiers. The Malbi Park likewise has a ski merry go round which helps children figure out how to utilize a tow rope and how to remain on their skis. The restaurant serves restricted, but great, kid friendly provisions (wieners, French fries, potato chips, cookies, and so on) and it additionally has the perfect German brew for adults.
Upstairs they have an entire play range for kids 7 years old and under with a little climbing divider, ball playing area, toys, shading books, and cribs. It is best for younger kids (under 5). The children’s park is the perfect place for kids to hang out while their parents enjoy the vast expanse of skiing and admiring the scenery of the mountain.
The Burg Gutenberg is a castle that stands in the gorgeous landscape of Balzers. The castle is located about 60 meters higher than the community center of Balzers. The private car can be parked in the church parking lot. From there, a footpath leads up to the exact location of the castle.
From the castle hill, there is a beautiful view of the Rhine Valley. On summer evenings on Friday and Saturday, concerts are held on the grounds of its interior. The Rose Garden with the chapel is open each Sunday from May through October. In the winter months, the castle is unfortunately closed.