Only stayed the night but it was an awesome stay. Evening and morning staff were awesome, from taking me to the garage to park my car to ensuring I had plenty to do during the hours we had to sightsee. The room was great too, a big room for my family along with an extra bed. Location was great as well, right in the heart of the walking area. Highly recommend this hotel for those visiting Vaduz.
So it is possible to camp in Liechtenstein without paying for it, but I also spent my second night in the country without spending a single penny!
In 2006 I discovered a website called www.couchsurfing.com. This webcommunity has several tens of thousands of members who all offer a place to sleep for free for other members: you are offering a place to sleep in case someone asks you, and the other members are willing to welcome you if you ask to. No matter where you are looking for a place to sleep, you will always find some couchsurfers around. And so in Liechtenstein you'll also find some.
In Vaduz I stayed with a family that was very welcoming and showed us the Liechtensteiner life-style. A great meal was prepared for us, and a soft bed was provided too. The centre of Vaduz was on walking distance and all that: for free!
Getting to know the locals in a great way, and of course: for free!
Liechtenstein is the only country in Europe, except from Scandinavia, where camping is permitted anywhere. As long as you are not camping on private property, you can set up your tent wherever you want. And when you are on private property, you should ask the owner of the land.
And luckily, Liechtenstein has a lot of fantastic places to camp in the wild. As soon as you go into the mountains you will be surprised by the fantastic views over and over again. Time after time great places to sleep. And after a short walk you can even make sure that all the time you spend in the mountains, you will not see a single person around.
When I went camping in Liechtenstein I searched for a nice spot in the Saminatal, near Steg. The only problem I encountered was the lack of flat land. When there is not a single square metre of flat land setting up a tent can become difficult, or at least sleeping in it. Luckily I found a great little valley here with a great spot for the tent. I didn't see any people anymore after I set up the tent, took some food with me for dinner and breakfast, and had a great time there!
No swimming pool, no bars or roomservice, no fitnessroom around and no 5-star breakfast. But: an absolutely fantastic view all around you, the only sounds you hear are the river and the birds, and what is better than washing yourself in a mountain-stream in the morning?
This charming hotel is at the entrance of Malbun - a ski town in Winter and a Hiker's Haven in Summer, with really only one street. The hotel is very clean, well located and well run. The best way to get around Liechtenstein is by the excellent, cheap, and frequent postbus - which stops right in front of the hotel. Nice big rooms - mine had a sofa, a chair, a desk, a minibar, a wardrobe, two night stands and two twin beds. Down comforters in Swiss hotels are common, but this place had nice big fluffy ones - rather uncommon! The bathroom had a shower with bathtub, a hairdryer and a HEATED FLOOR! You know how you go into the bathroom late at night or early in the morning in your bare feet and the floor is cold? Well this one was never cold - really nice. My room also had a nice view of the slopes. This hotel also has an indoor pool - I went swimming then called my sister back home to make her jealous :)
I opted for dinner included (breakfast is always included) every night had five courses - you won't go hungry! The food ranged from good to great, and everybody on the staff was helpful. I am definitely returning!
HEATED FLOOR in the bathroom! Indoor pool, good restaurant, by European standards the rooms are HUGE.
Set just a couple of miles north of Vaduz (and on a handy bus route) the summer only youth hostel is set in open parkland with the mountains beyond.
The hostel had a good number of rooms including double rooms for only just over 50 Euro per room (26 euro each).
Despite the fact there were several school parties staying, the place did not feel crowded and was spotlessly clean & efficiently run.
A very good budget choice but eat out
Liechtenstein has about 40 Hotels from 1* up to 4*.
Non of them is real big, you won't find any big chain hotels here.
Check the Tourist information website for a list of the Hotels
Vacation paradise for families.
Pool, kiosk, restaurant “Zur alten Eiche“ and children’s playground. Lounge and TV room.
Low priced alternative to the most rather expensive Hotels in the area.
Clean, lots of things to see and do in the region and....yeaaa you sleep in one of the tiniest countries in the world.
This is a great inn high up just off the main road from Triesen, in the Rhine valley - south of Vaduz -to Malbun, the ski area on the eastern border with Austria. You go through a 750 meter-long tunnel at the crest of the ridge above the Rhine and you enter a special Alpine world - the valley of the Samina. Just after the tunnel, there is a quick turn to the Sucka. The inn was very peaceful and the food very hearty. It has a great view out over the Samina valley, little houses of Steg and the cows in the pastures. The cowbells complete the scene.
From here your Alpine experience can start. http://www.tourismus.li/unterkunft_detail.asp?n_AccomodationID=84&typ=10&id=37&lg=2 for more information on the Suecka in English or direct from their website below with plenty of pictures, prices, history, etc, but in German only.
The cheapest possiblity that I can found. Doubles 37 for SFR (24€ per person). Quite fair price for its quality.
This is a simple hotel that dates to the late 16th century. There are only about 10 rooms, and most share a bath. The Lowen's restuarant has good and hearty alpine fare, and features wines made from grapes grown on the property.
It's been a while since we visited the Lowen (1985), but I made recent contact and they're still in business. The Lowen used to be managed by a kindly older lady named Hilda Vogt. The new mgt has informed me that Ms. Vogt is still alive and now lives in rural Liechtenstein. If you go to the Lowen, drop Ms. Vogt's name and it might get you an extra smile.
2007 UPDATE... I found their new website. Looks like the Lowen has been updated and spruced up, but they still have the same great antiques in the rooms.
History, peace, quiet, good food and central location. And, back in 1985, it was a good deal, price-wise. I understand (reflected below) that the prices have gone up, comparatively.
The price is a little on the high side, though not by Liechtenstein standards. However, it is absolutely worth it.
The Park-Hotel Sonnehof is a spectacular hotel in a little country that seems to specialize in spectacular but little known hotels. The rooms are spacious with comfortable beds and glass doors that look out over the hotel grounds to Vaduz, the Rhine River and the Swiss Alps beyond. The grounds themselves are beautifully kept in two terraces with park benches, old fashioned lamposts, and by early April gorgeous flowers and flowering trees. The views of the Prince's Castle from the hotel are simply stunning both during the day, when the Liechtenstein Alps form a backdrop, and at night, when the castle is lit by golden floodlamps. The indoor swimming pool is quite large, with an upper deck indoors with glass doors for viewing the gorgeous scenery, as well as an outdoor deck for sunbathing. The sauna is somewhat small but comfortable, although kept at broiling temperatures so that you either need to leave the door open or ask the front desk to drop the heat a little. The hotel restaurant is rustically elegant, and the food, including wines from the Prince's vineyard, is outstanding. The staff is extremely friendly and eager to help. This is one of the best hotels I have ever been to in Europe, with American comforts and service in a distinctly European setting. This is truly a well hidden treasure.
This is the Hotel Real, where fastidious Bill Bryson couldn't drink the orange juice. When old Cliffie stayed here, admittedly some years ago, the orange juice was quite delicious. Or perhaps old Cliffie is confusing it with the champagne he shared the night before with an equally delicious Bulgarian girl. Well, that's the great thing about memories - you always remember the best moments!
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