Liechtenstein is the sixth smallest principality in the world, located between Austria and Switzerland. In spite of its small size, Liechtenstein is one of the most heavily industrialized nations. It is just over 25 kilometers long and has a population of only 37,000. The capital city is Vaduz, which is home to the country’s head, Prince Hans Adam II. Liechtenstein has one of the world’s lowest crime rates. Although a small principality, Liechtenstein has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing and attractions. These include everything from beautiful museums to adventurous hiking trails. In this blog we will lay out ten of the top tourist attractions that should not be missed when visiting Liechtenstein.
- Liechtenstein National Museum
The Liechtenstein National Museum is a must visit while exploring Vaduz, the capital city of Liechtenstein. The museum, locally known as Liechtenstein Landesmuseum, is owned by the state, and houses attractions like the statue of Mars Von Gutenberg. The statue was found while excavating the Gutenberg Hill in 1932. Other must see attractions inside the museum include a relief model of Liechtenstein. The museum premises used to be a part of an inn!
- Prince of Liechtenstein Winery
People of Liechtenstein have no problems with choosing their favorite wine because the principality makes some of the finest. Liechtenstein’s many vineyards produce very high quality wine. Several of these vineyards are open to the public. The most famous of these wineries is the Prince of Liechtenstein Winery. At this winery, guests are free to sample, taste and buy wines.
- Princes’ Way Hike
If you are looking for some hiking adventure, then Liechtenstein is the place for you. The Princes’ Way Hike is a high-altitude walking trail starting at 1400 meters. The trail offers unparalleled views of the Drei Schwestern (Three Sisters) mountains.
- Eschen and Nendeln
Eschen and Nendeln are two small towns located on the lowlands of Liechtenstein. While Eschen is famous for Pfrundhaus, a 14th century art museum, Nendeln is famous for housing the oldest craft shop of the country. Established in 1836, the Schädler Pottery is famous for its tiled stoves and crockery made of stone. As a visitor, you can take a guided tour of the crafts shop, the kiln and of the glazing area.
Triesenberg is located just 6 kilometers away from Vaduz. Known for its food festival, it is a beautiful small village located in the middle of a valley. The food festival, Triesenberger Wochen, is held every year from October to November. Local hotels and restaurants serve the best-known traditional food items during this festival. Some of the recipes are known to be centuries old and can be found only in Triesenberg. Along with the festival, the village is home to several small inns and chalets.
- Historical Eschnerbeg Trail
Liechtenstein is a paradise for hikers and there are several trails to explore the beauty of the region. The Eschnerbeg trail is one of the many trails scattered across the principality. This historical trail connects the towns of Schellenberg and Bendern. The trail offers a peek into the historical settlements of Malanser and Lutzengütle.
- Historic Ruins of Castles in Schellenberg
Liechtenstein is home to five castles, out of which two have been preserved. First is the Schloss Vaduz, which is still the home to the country’s royal family. The second one is the Gutenberg Castle. The remaining three castles are in ruins but are worth a visit. Two of the ruins, the Obere Burg and the Untere Burg are located at Schellenberg. The Obere Burg, or the Upper Castle, was built in the year 1200 and is a medieval castle. The Untere Burg, or the Lower Castle, was built about fifty years later. Both castles were in ruins by the 16th century. The ruins of the third castle is located just 400 meters north of Valduz. It is known as the Wildschloss or the Schalun Castle. It can be visited either on a bike or on foot. Only two parts of the castle remain today – a section where the servants used to stay and the grand hall. It is said that this castle was burnt down some time during the 18th century.
- The Red House
Located at the capital city of Valduz, the Red House is a large tower with gabled stairs and living quarters. It is easily visible from a distance as it is located on a mountain. The building has residents living inside it and is owned by the Rheinberger family. Locally known as the Stadtle, a visit to the Red House is a pleasant treat for the eyes.
- Gutenberg Castle
Perched above a hill, the Gutenberg castle is one of the most beautiful attractions in Liechtenstein. Located at the southernmost part of the principality, the Gutenberg castle is completely free to visit and explore. The castle is easily accessible via road. Highlights inside the castle include the rose garden and the chapel. The name of the castle might remind you of the Gutenberg Bible, which was the first Bible ever printed. However, there is no connection between the two.
- Vaduz Castle
A visit to Liechtenstein is incomplete without visiting the Vaduz Castle, locally known as the Schloss Vaduz. Perched above a small hill, the castle can be seen from miles away. The Vaduz Castle wasn’t always a castle. According to official documents, it was built as a fortress. Living arrangements were added in 1287, almost a hundred years after it was built. The castle fell into disrepair in the year 1732 and was only restored back to its former glory in 1912. Since 1939, the castle is serving as the official residence of Prince Hans Adam II.
Originally posted 2017-04-03 06:39:48.