Being the 4th smallest country in Europe, Liechtenstein often gets overlooked as a travel destination. Granted there aren't as many attractions in the country but it makes for a great place to visit for a few days. Located between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein has equally beautiful mountainous landscapes and interesting history.
Climate: Temperate Alpine climate
Currency: Swiss franc (CHF), but Euros and Dollars are accepted
Official Language(s): German
Liechtenstein is so small it does not have an airport. The closest airport would be Zurich airport in Switzerland. From there you would have to get a bus or train to Liechtenstein, which is about an 90 mins. The fastest way to get to Liechtenstein from Zurich Main Station is to get a train ticket to Sargans, then transfer to bus 11 which is about a 30 min ride or 12A which is an express bus and takes half the time to Vaduz. Most attractions are in Vaduz but if you want to travel around the country you can just take the bus.
While in Liechtenstein, the easiest way to get around is by local bus. It is very easy and cheap! Or you can rent a bike if you are up for the challenge.
What to See
Vaduz- As the capital city of Liechtenstein, Vaduz is the area where most tourist attractions are. There are lots of places to shop for souvenirs and to eat. There are history museums to help you learn more about Liechtenstein as well as specialty museums. Make sure to visit the tourist centre so you can get your passport stamped as there is no border patrol. You can also check out Vaduz Castle, but don't expect to go inside as the price lives there!
Balzers- Balzers doesn't have a lot of attractions but Gutenberg Castle is very impressive. The views from the castle are very breathtakingly beautiful. Also, make sure to check out the churches.
Triesenberg- This small town is a great place for hiking and hilltop views. Make sure to visit St. Mamerten Kapelle, from here you get great views of the town.
* There are lots of hiking, biking and skiing/snowboarding opportunities with great views of Liechtenstein!
What to Eat & Drink
Prior to travelling to Liechtenstein I had no idea what their cuisine was. While visiting I realized that their food is similar to that of Switzerland, Austria and Germany as those countries have always has a large influence of Liechtenstein. Dairy, cabbage, soups and meats are commonly used in their dishes. Overall, I liked their food because I've had German and now Swiss food.
Must try Dishes:
Kasknopfl- A pasta dish with melted cheese
Rosti- Grated potato flattened like a pancake and fried
Schnitzel- Breaded cutlet (usually with pork) fried
Schwartenmagen- Pickled meat in jelly
Where to Stay
Liechtenstein is a very small county, so hotels are very pricey. Most people who visit Liechtenstein do it as a day trip and are either based in Switzerland or Austria. Bed and breakfasts or hostels do exist in Liechtenstein do exists but they are significantly cheaper than the hotels. Triesenberg, Vaduz and Balzers would be your best option when looking for a place to stay.
Here are some other great places to visit near !
Switzerland-- Zurich is the closest large city to Liechtenstein, which is a lot of people who visit Zurich go to Vaduz for the day.
Austria-- Austria is the only other country that shares a border with Liechtenstein, which makes Austria another easy country to get to.