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Travel Tips for Traveling to Liechtenstein

Thinking about traveling to Liechtenstein? Liechtenstein or the Principality of Liechtenstein, is a microstate located between Austria and Switzerland in the middle of wonderful alpine landscapes. Its area is only 160 square kilometers, the population is about 39,000 and the official language is German.

The mountain principality is the perfect destination for travelers who want to discover the smallest, nearly invisible, gems of our planet. It is dominated by natural beauty, turreted castles and a remarkable number of hiking trails and ski slopes. Due to its small size, Liechtenstein doesn’t have an airport. You have to take a bus from Austria or Switzerland to enter the country.

Attractions in Liechtenstein

Schloss Vaduz
schloss vaduz

Schloss Vaduz is the principal attraction of Liechtenstein. With its medieval stone towers crowned on the hillside and majestic mountain ranges in its background, the castle is a pure fairytale scene. It was built as a stronghold in the 12th century and now it serves as the residence of Liechtenstein’s Reigning Prince and Head of State. Even though the access to the castle is forbidden, it’s worth a climb for admiring the spectacular views.

Kunstmuseum
kunstmuseum

A sleek and futuristic-looking cuboid made of concrete and basalt monolithic blocks, Liechtenstein’s Museum of Art steals the show on the pedestrian Städtle Street. The museum’s interior looks as intriguing and captivating as its exterior thanks to the contemporary art collection put on display. It includes paintings and sculptures from the 19th century and artworks from the Prince’s collection. After you finish your gallery tour, you can enjoy a drink or a snack in the museum’s café sushi bar.

Postmuseum
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Liechtenstein once made a fortune of producing souvenir stamps but the demand went severely down with the rise of email. Postmuseum displays a wide variety of stamps issued throughout decades. The oldest ones date to the early 20th century. In the far end of the same building, you will find the Treasure Chamber that features a collection of valuable items such as jewelry, weapons and gifts offered by heads of state.

Gutenberg Castle
gutenberg castle

Perched on a hilltop covered by abundant vegetation, the imposing Gutenberg Castle is a sight to behold. Built in the 13th century and restored in the 20th century, the castle is a pride of Liechtenstein and one of its most visited hotspots. The area includes a museum, two chapels and a rose garden you can enjoy close-up. Concerts and cultural presentations are organized in the castle’s courtyard during summer.

Mitteldorf
mitteldorf

The capital Vaduz has undergone an intense modernization in the last decade. However, there is a place where you can see how the city looked in the past. North of the town center is the old neighborhood Mitteldorf that features cobblestone streets lined with traditional houses and rose gardens. The highlight is the 14th century Rates Haus painted in a calm red hue. Nearby is a stone tower overlooking a vineyard.

Ski resorts and hiking trails
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In spite of its small size, Liechtenstein has a handful of ski slopes that offer some of the best Alpine skiing experiences. Malbun is the largest ski resort in the principality with 23km of slopes that range from easy to challenging. If you prefer summer hiking or biking, there are many nature trails that run along scenic landscapes.

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