Many travelers to Switzerland opt to spend time exploring the beautiful lakes, mountains and cities, but its central location in Europe makes it a place from which some want to explore other countries too. Liechtenstein is the world’s 6th smallest country and normally isn’t a destination in itself for many, thus Zurich is one of the main places to undertake the destination as a day trip.
The country shares many customs with Switzerland and Austria, yet it has its own idiosyncrasies. The country is bounded by the majestic Alps and the gentle flowing Rhine River, natural landmarks of distinction.
This is recommended if you really want to spend some time exploring beyond the towns. Perhaps drive up to the ski slopes, or the panoramic castle and make stops in nearby Heidiland in Switzerland. Expect to spend in gas, parking and tolls depending on the route you take.
By Public Transport:
It is really only and hour from Zurich to Liechtenstein in train and a little longer in the bus routes. If you take the train you will have to transfer from the city of Balzers to a 20 minute bus ride into the capital city of Vaduz, but this gives you the added advantage of a fast ride and seeing two towns. If you take the bus it will be a little longer and there are stops along the way, but it goes directly to Vaduz.
What to see and do in Vaduz
The main spot to head first is of course the capital city known as Vaduz. Here one can explore the downtown region and the center of civic life. Vaduz is not a large city, but it has a wealth of beautiful churches, public squares, banking centers, museums and some eclectic restaurant options. The Church of St. Florin with its adjacent cemetery is a classic attraction. The downtown has a primary pedestrian street with a Government House and the City Hall of Liechtenstein. Many tourist shops sell photos, souvenirs and mementos proper to a small country. The monolithic city art gallery known as Kunstmuseum offers modern and contemporary works primarily in sculpture.
This is the prominent home for the royal family of Liechtenstein. It is pearched above the city of Vaduz and set against the alpine backdrop. The castle is not open to the public, however it is common to see members of the royal family out and about given that the country is so small and familiar. To get the closest view of the castle possible drive or get the 21 bus upalong the Vaduz-Triesenberg road.
Being the most populated metropolitan area, Schaan has a lot to discover, however it is not necessarily aimed at tourists. There is much major manufacturing of specialized goods and services here which means it is a place to see how locals live. There are some good public buildings, churches and places to enjoy nightlife and some hotels for those looking to stay overnight in the country.
Being in a country where several hours biking will get you from Austria to Switzerland is a dream. So are the majestic Alps which cover the terrain. In good weather biking and great roads make for a magical mix. In the middle of winter, be sure and check out the world class skiing and snowboarding. The Steg ski resort and the Malbun ski resort are two panoramic wonders for lovers of the slopes.