This postage stamp sized country is located between Switzerland and Austria and is one of the few nations in the world that is double landlocked, meaning you have to drive through two countries to reach the sea. Like other small countries in Europe it is also eye-wateringly rich, being by some accounts the richest country in the world. To top it off it is ruled by a prince who still has the power to dismiss his government, all voted for by the Liechtensteiners themselves.
Its main industry is banking and luring in the money with low-taxes. Situated in the Alps as it is, Liechtenstein has plenty of mountains, and to its west it is bordered by the Rhine. With prevailing southerly winds, the climate is surprisingly mild.
With the mountains around the corner it only seems right to ski or hike them, which is what many people do. But don’t forget to stop by Vaduz, its capital, along the way, it won’t take you long, it isn’t that big. And with a few vineyards scattered around the country you should be fine for wine as well.
Don’t skip this Alpine mouse of a country by driving through it without knowing it, but slow down and park your car beneath Vaduz Castle and step out to admire the views!
Highlights from Liechtenstein
- Amble through tiny Vaduz with the princely home, turreted Vaduz Castle, guarding it
- Ski in Malbun
- Hike the Prince’s Way in the Rätikon mountain range
- Visit Gutenberg Castle in Balzers in the south of the country
- Eat your way through various local dishes during the Triesenberg food festival
- Walk around the towns of Nendeln and Eschen and surroundings
- Stroll the Eschnerberg Trail, with some historic sites along the way and good views of the Rhine
- Saunter through the vineyards around Vaduz and Gutenberg Castle
- Contemplate history at the ruins of Schellenberg
Hints and Tips for Liechtenstein
- Liechtenstein doesn’t have its own airport, the nearest international airport is in Zurich.
- You can reach the country by bus or by train, though you will have to change stations. By train from Switzerland, first get a train to Buchs, from there take a slow train to Feldkirch in Austria. This train stops in Liechtenstein. From Austria, you do the same but vice-versa. The train only runs during weekdays at peak-hours. By bus is easier, you get a train to Buchs or Sargans in Switzerland and hop on a bus to wherever you want to go to in Liechtenstein. Same for Feldkirch in Austria.
- If you are driving, slow down nor you will miss it!!