Liechtenstein! Ok I had to go, it's too much fun to say and when else would I pop over? It's only about 90min from Zurich - the train ride is gorgeous, bringing you along Lake Zurich (which isn't that vibrant, but it's more the towns and just seeing how everything is built up on the banks) and along Lake Walen (which is the classic vibrant turquoise). Lots of people out paddleboarding and kayaking today! It was super hot again (mid 30s)... this evening though it was supposed to pour rain, so hopefully the humidity will break.
Anyway! Train brings you to Sargans where you then switch to a city bus. I took it to Vaduz, but then transferred to go up to Rizlina where I had my first proper "wow" moment of this trip looking at the Alps. Rizlina is high enough up on a mountain, so the view down into the valley is magnifique! There's a "side road" that winds down the mountain, so I took that for a nice 40min walk down to Trisenberg.
Ok that walk was perfect - like Disney princess traipsing thru the woods singing with the animals perfect lol. For the first 15min
or so I didn't see a soul and all I heard was crickets and birds. No cars. No city sounds. No talking. Fresh air and all its glory. When I did start seeing people it was just a bunch of locals in their gardens - everyone said hello. All the homes are adorable - beautiful gardens, flowers everywhere, many have red shutters, most have little statues or other decorations too. They seem to have a thing with gnomes here lol, those too are everywhere.
I made it down to Triesenberg, grabbed an ice cream and a beer (lol in retrospect not the best mix) and then bussed back to Vaduz to wander around there a bit. Vaduz itself is cute - it really isn't that big. There's a cathedral (closed due to an event), but I enjoyed the statues outside, namely the gargoyle that was low enough that I could pose with it lol. There are also a bunch of museums, but I wasn't too interested in those. There's also the castle, but it is up on its own mountain and I was not game to walk up just to see it from outside lol - the view from
below sits me just fine.
All day I kept seeing these "GYM CAN" shirts - all these random Canadians all over the place lol. Finally after the 4th batch I saw, I went over and asked what was going on lol. There's some big gymnastics show in Austria and it was a day off today so they decided to roadtrip. Fun! Sure enough a few minutes later I happened upon a giant stage (festival?) And while someone was singing a bunch if kids were just randomly doing tricks and gymnast things on the stage floor.
From there I slowly started on my way back. I stopped at Balzers (still Liechtenstein) on the way back to Sargans - they also have a (smaller) castle on a hill that I wanted to see. I didn't climb that one either lol, but it was nice to see and it's just interesting walking around small towns. I made a few friends on the way... for some reason as I passed one house (that had a lot of chickens) ALL the chickens literally ran over to the fence to see me. I don't know who they thought I was or what they thought
I had for them lol, but they were left disappointed.
Omg and then the weather started to shift on the ride back to Zurich - I wouldn't have expected waves that big on Walensee, but it was quite choppy as the winds started to swirl. It rained SUPER hard, but not for long... boo. They had originally called for a massive thunder and hail storm and I'm honestly sad we didn't get that - ok maybe not the hail, but love me a good thunderstorm.
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