Best places to visit in LIECHTENSTEIN
Curious about the best places to visit in Liechtenstein? It is a tiny, picturesque country in the Alps, bordered by Switzerland and Austria. It is one of the smallest and least visited countries in the world. Liechtenstein is also one of only two doubly landlocked countries in the world, along with Uzbekistan.
Despite its size, the country is surprisingly rich with amazing sights, landmarks and history. Castles, tiny charming towns and villages, mountains, beautiful nature and stunning mountain views… Crisscrossed with hiking trails, Liechtenstein is truly a hikers’ and outdoor lovers’ paradise.
Does it sound like a place you would love to visit? Want to come and explore?
But what exactly to do in Liechtenstein?
To help you with the task of planning we’ve created this list of some of the best places to visit in Liechtenstein.
7 best places to visit in Liechtenstein
Vaduz & Vaduz Castle
Liechtenstein’s modest capital Vaduz has a lot to offer despite its small size. It’s a great place to start your trip, as well as it is one of the best places to visit in Liechtenstein.
Vaduz is home to a few cool museums:
- Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein) — a museum of modern and contemporary art. Its collection covers the period from the 19th century to the present.
- Liechtenstein National Museum (Liechtensteinisches Landesmuseum) — a museum which introduces visitors to the history, culture and nature of Liechtenstein.
- The Postal Museum (Postmuseum) — a postal museum which showcases postage stamps issued by Liechtenstein since 1912.
- Treasure Chamber (Schatzkammer Liechtenstein) — a museum which houses valuables, works of art and weapons belonging to the rulers of Liechtenstein and other private collectors. One of the most notable collections in the museum is a collection of precious Russian Easter eggs, including Fabergé eggs.
Vaduz is also home to a few marvellous historical landmarks.
Visit Vaduz Castle which is by far the most popular tourist attraction in the city and one of the best places to visit in Liechtenstein.
Do not miss St. Florin Cathedral — a neo-Gothic church built-in 1874.
Do you want to see how Liechtenstein once looked? Head to Mitteldorf, a neighbourhood in Vaduz. The streets of the neighbourhood feature traditional houses and beautiful gardens from the late-medieval period.
Do not miss Alte Rheinbrücke — the Old Rhine Bridge. It is a wooden bridge over the Rhine which connects Vaduz with the municipality of Sevelen. The bridge is 135 meters long and is the last remaining wooden bridge that crosses the Alpine Rhine.
Gutenberg Castle (Burg Gutenberg) is a historic castle in the town of Balzers, Liechtenstein’s southernmost town.
The castle is really old — its construction started in the early 12th century. The castle changed hands several times until the 15th century when it underwent extensive new construction works. In 1905 and 1912 Gutenberg Castle received a substantial restoration.
Unfortunately, the castle itself is not open to visitors, only its courtyard. The chapel and rose garden are accessible free of charge every Sunday during the tourist season in summer.
Triesenberg is a municipality and a mountain village above the Rhine valley. It dates back to the 13th century and now is now a popular holiday resort.
As the town is located on the slopes of the Alp mountains, it offers spectacular views of the area and the Rhine valley.
Explore the little town’s centre with its little shops, cafes and restaurants.
Visit Saint Joseph Parish Church in Triesenberg centre.
Do not miss the Llama and Alpaca farm near Triesenberg. There you can learn more about llamas and alpacas, and interact with them. Tours of the farm take place in small groups, and it’s a perfect place to visit with your children. You have to book your visit in advance, though.
Malbun is a charming skiing and holiday resort in the Alps and one of the best places to visit in Liechtenstein.
In summer, take the Sareis chair lift to a peak 2000 metres above sea level and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys of Liechtenstein and the nearby Austrian region of Vorarlberg.
Enjoy a meal at the cafe and explore the area. You can choose from various different walking trails.
In winter the same chairlift takes skiers to the slopes.
What else can you do in Malbun?
Hike to the nearby Pfälzerhütte — a mountain hut at 2108 metres above the sea. From there you can hike further to Naafkopf. It is a 2571 m high peak, and a point where the borders of Liechtenstein Austria and Switzerland meet.
Alternatively, you can hike Augstenberg. It is a 2359 m high mountain which dominates the landscape above the town of Malbun. It takes 4 approximately hours to complete the route.
Drei Schwestern (The Three Sisters) is a mountain chain located on the border of Liechtenstein and Austria. This mountain chain is a part of Rätikon mountain range.
The Three Sisters consist of three peaks.
At the height of 2053m above sea level, the Great Sister is the highest peak of the mountain chain. The Middle Sister reaches a height of 2048m, and the Little Sister is 2034m high.
The area is popular with hikers as there is an extensive network of paths.
Ruggeller Riet Nature Reserve
Ruggeller Riet Nature Reserve is a natural preserve in the northernmost region of Liechtenstein.
Covering an area of 90 hectares, it consists of ponds, meadows and lowland moors. The natural reserve is also home to many endangered plants and animals.
Ruggeller Riet Nature Reserve is very picturesque — imagine beautiful meadows with a backdrop of mountains in the background!
The area is great for walks, cycling and picnics.
Late May and early June is undoubtedly the best time to visit Ruggeller Riet Nature Reserve. It is when the Siberian iris blooms. Large areas of the nature park then are covered in a carpet of blue — truly a spectacular sight.
The Liechtenstein Trail
Do you love hiking? We have good news! You can explore the highlights of Liechtenstein by foot, doing the Liechtenstein Trail.
The Liechtenstein Trail is a 75 km-long hiking trail passing through all the municipalities of Liechtenstein and connecting 147 historical sites and landmarks.
It takes just 2 or 3 days to complete the route. Amazing, isn’t it? Where else can you hike the entire country in just a few days?
If you don’t want to hike the whole route, it is possible to do only a part of it. You can begin the hike from any municipality. The hike can be completed in several stages.
Liechtenstein travel tips
- Liechtenstein is a Member of the Schengen area. A holder of a Uniform Schengen visa can travel to all 26 member countries of the Schengen Area, including Liechtenstein. If you are an EU citizen, you don’t need a visa to travel to Liechtenstein.
- Liechtenstein is a very small country. It’s about 25 km long, and about 6 km wide. You could easily explore it on foot. In fact, there are many signs in this little country showing walking times! Hiking and walking are among the best things to do in Liechtenstein.
- If you don’t want to explore Liechtenstein on foot, you can do it by bike. Or simply use public transport which is efficient and inexpensive.
- The official currency of Liechtenstein is the Swiss Franc.
- Please note that pretty much everything is closed on Sundays, including restaurants. Make sure you are stocked up on food.
- Liechtenstein is expensive, especially accommodation. Opt for Airbnb. It’s cheaper than staying in hotels.
- The best time to visit Liechtenstein is from mid-May to late September when the weather is nice and warm.