Liechtenstein is a double landlocked country and one of the least visited countries in Europe. Things to do in Liechtenstein;
- Vaduz Castle
- Vaduz Cathedral
- Rheinbrücke bridge (Liechtenstein / Switzerland border)
- Mountains and Austria
- Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Central Vaduz
- Train to Zurich
Liechtenstein has 2 main towns, Schaan and Vaduz. It’s also a very small country therefore you can choose a hotel anywhere you prefer.
The main attraction in Liechtenstein is Vaduz Castle. Unfortunately, tourists cannot visit as it’s the residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. However, it’s very picturesque built on a cliff edge looking over Vaduz.
Vaduz Cathedral and National Archives
Vaduz Cathedral is a Neo Gothic Church in the center of Vaduz. An interesting fact about the church is that former monarchs are buried inside. This is a similar phenomenon to Riddarholm Church in Stockholm. Finally, adjacent to Vaduz Cathedral is the stunning House of the National Archives.
There is also an interesting old wooden bridge in Liechtenstein called the Rheinbrücke. This bridge crosses the River Rhine and essentially connects Liechtenstein to Switzerland. A fun fact is that you can walk over the old wooden bridge and there’s no border control!
Top Instagram Spot in Liechtenstein
The interior of the bridge is quite dark so you could walk through and miss an important sign. Inside is a sign which signals one way to Liechtenstein and the other to Switzerland. If you came from Munich to Liechtenstein like me, this means you’ve visited 4 countries in 1 day. Thats, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and of course Switzerland. For this reason, I name this sign as the top Instagram spot in Liechtenstein, it’s evidence you’ve been to Liechtenstein!
Mountains and Austria
If you look east from Vaduz or Schaan, you’ll see mountains. At the other side of these mountains is Austria. As a matter of fact there are hiking trails which can take you through these mountains.
If hiking up mountains aren’t your thing, there are also lots of peaceful walkways around this microstate. One point of interest I haven’t mentioned is the football stadium. If you’re lucky, there might be a European qualifier on when you’re in town.
Kunstmuseum and Central Vaduz
In central Vaduz (and Schaan) you’ll find lots of restaurants, bars, a couple of supermarkets, even a McDonald’s. Also, central Vaduz is where you’ll find Vaduz Cathedral as well as enjoy a view of Vaduz Castle. Finally, Kunstmuseum is an art museum and a major landmark of Vaduz.
Bus from Vaduz / Schaan to Sargans
There are regular bus services from various well marked bus stops on the main road of Liechtenstein which go to Sargans, the start of the railway line in Switzerland. This bus costs around 7 Swiss francs for a one way journey and the last stop is right outside Sargans train station.
Sargans to Zurich Train
From Sargans train station, there are many direct trains to Zurich which cost around 29 Swiss francs. You can buy these tickets at the self-service machines or from the ticket office. Be aware that in Switzerland they use a different shaped plug, so your European plug won’t work here. The train has free WiFi and Swiss phone chargers.