"The main square" is behind the bus station in the midle of Vaduz. There are a number of cafes and restaurants offering hearty "Liechtensteinian / Swiss / Austrian" fare at reasonable prices.
Liechtenstein uses the Swiss franc (CHF) as its currency. Many shops will also accept the Euro, but the exchange rate may not be very advantageous.
The main shops in Vaduz sell tourist trinkets all branded in Liechtensteinian and Swiss colours. There are plenty of flags, t-shirts and cuckoo clocks available. People who enjoy collecting passport stamps are able to get an official Liechtenstein Tourist Office stamp at the Tourist Information office. The cost is 2 Swiss Franc (CHF) or €3.
This is especially unique as there are no border crossings at either of Liechtensteins frontiers. Postal Stamps and postcards can be bought at the post office opposite the tourist office as well as most other shops.
There is also a small retail village between Vaduz and Balzers. This is home to a McDonalds, and a sports clothes shop among other things.
"Schloss Vaduz" is an imposing and historic castle, home to the royal family, overlooks the city of Vaduz and is approachable on the main Vaduz-Triesenberg road (bus route 21).
The medieval undervalued castle of Vaduz, forms the central landmarks of the city exposing the town’s affluent history. Situated on the outskirts of the metropolis, the Prince’s castle (Schloss Vaduz) is the official residence of Prince of Liechtenstein.
Though the castle is not open to public, no one is permitted to enter the premises of the castle; you can still climb up to it and catch a glimpse of the remarkable sights of Vaduz below.
The city hall is a charming modern building constructed between 1932 and 1933. The color of the building makes it more stunning and interesting to see. It features long row of windows and balconies ornamented with amazing frescos and three bronze statues of the wild horses.
In addition to the national government, Vaduz hosts its own city government. The City Hall is designed by Franz Roeckle. It has a gabled roof, which brings to mind the architecture of earlier times. There is a small theatre inside the building; concerts and other special events take place there.
The southeast side of the town hall is a document created in 1937 fresco decorated, attached to the balcony area. It shows the Urban Saints - Saint of winemakers - who holds in his hands the tips of a vine that seem to grow up the sides of the balcony door to him. The diagram illustrates that there are still great tradition of viticulture in Vaduz.
The castle which towers over the tiny city of Vaduz is about the most prominent landmark to be found in Liechtenstein. It is 700 years old and came into the possession of the Prince of Liechtenstein in the early 18th century. Since 1938 it has been home to the prince and his family. Hence it is not open to the public even though there is a road leading up to it which is very popular with visitors.
It's not the most imposing castle I have ever seen but interesting in its own little way.
This is the visitor's centre of Liechtenstein and it is a good place to go to find out more about this little country. This is where you will also be able to purchase for a couple of Euros, a passport stamp if you would like to have one. Since there are no border controls going in and out of Liechtenstein, this is the only opportunity you will probably get to have "Leichtenstein" stamped on your passport.
There are plenty of brochures and other such reading materials available and the folk who work there are very friendly and most helpful. There is not much in the way of souvenirs available but if you move further up the mall you will find a really good souvenir shop on your right coming from the Government area.
The Government Building is relatively young at just a little over a hundred years old. It stands between the new Parliament Building or Landtag and the parish Church of St Florin which was built about thirty years earlier. As you can see from the photo, the Government building was undergoing major renovations when I was there.
This area is often referred to as the "Government area" and is quite an attractive little area at the beginning of the main pedestrian mall.
Since it is not possible to see the real castle up close you can see this wonderful model of it in the little square where the tour buses arrive and depart. It would appear that there is a lot more to the real castle than can be seen from the town.
I have seen many photos of the model and all feature the garden in front which is full of beautiful brightly coloured flowers. They are changed regularly and so look different from photo to photo. I think the flowers in my photo are gorgeous.
Malbun is one of the small towns in Liechtenstein's eastern highlands. It is Liechtenstein's only ski resort during the winter, but its chairlift also runs during the summer. You can take the chairlift up to the top of the mountain ridge that looms over the town. From the top, you can get some amazing views of the local mountains and valleys. It takes about 10 minutes to get from the bottom to the top on the chairlift.
Although Liechtenstein is a small country, it has some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. It largest towns, Vaduz and Schaan, are on a flat plain alongside the Rhine River. However, if you head east just a few miles, you enter some amazing scenery, with farms, small towns, and mountains. You can also get some great views of the Rhine River valley once you get up into th hills above Vaduz.
Liechtenstein's national museum is located in Vaduz, the country's capital. It is fairly small, but is worth a visit in order to learn about Liectenstein and its people. It has a good variety of collections, including exhibits about the country's history, its animals, its land, its royal family, and its economy. The museum also features a small, but high quality collection of art from the 1300s to the 1800s. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum has a number of rooms that host temporary exhibitions. When we were there, they had an excellent exhibit of Faberge items.
The national Museum of Liechtenstein occupies more than one building in Vaduz. The buildings are bordered by the new parliament on the one side and the Information Centre on the other. There are 42 rooms of displays covering archaeology, protecting Middle Ages, ruling Modern Era, celebrating Ethnic Studies, creating 19th to 21st Centuries, Natural History.
Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Adults CHF 8.- (2011)
Students, apprentices, seniors and groups of at least 10 persons CHF 5.-
Children up to 16 free.
Annual passes, family tickets, combination tickets etc., are published on the Website of the National Museum.
Guided tours by reservation, offer and price on request.
To say that this is an unusual building would be to make the greatest understatement of the century. My first impression was that it was some sort of electrical sub station or similar. When I found out that it was actually the Parliament Building, I was gobsmacked.
It would seem redundant to have a parliament in Liechtenstein because the Royal Family still rule completely and have the right to make or dissove the rules and laws almost as they wish. They can also dissolve parliament and appoint judges.
Steg is actually part of the town of Triesenberg, a comfortable and pretty village in its own right that you drive from - or take the Post Bus from - coming from Triesen down on the flat area of the Rhine valley floor. Triesen in turn is a few kilometers south of Vaduz. A quick note, Triesenberg has several places to stay and a wonderful view across the Rhine valley into Switzerland beyond. There is also a nice little museum, the Walser Heimatmuseum (http://www.triesenberg.li/walser_heimatmuseum.asp) (http://www.triesenberg.li/allgemeines.asp for more on Triesenberg, itself) which gives you a good overview of the area, its history and culture.
But back to Steg. Steg is at the east end of a 750 m tunnel. This is an area of high pastures where people from Triesenberg brought their cows up for the summer. There are several weekend homes up here, a good 10.5 km cross-country ski run and a 1.5 km toboggan run in the winter. Summertime hiking from Steg goes into the mountains in all directions. Above on the westside, is the mountain hotel Suecka, an inexpensive way to stay up here and be lulled to sleep by the sound of bells hung around the necks of the happy Alpine cows.
Far below the heights from which the Fuerstensteig climb, lies the northern area of Liechtenstein,; the town of Schaan. The largest amount of flat terrain in Liechtenstein lie directly to the town's north. Over time, Schaan and Vaduz have nearly grown together. Notice the huge areas where water off the side of the mountain had eroded wider banks. Across the Rhine lies Switzerland, the town of Buchs and the glorius mountains of the Churfirsten and the Saentis.
The castle of Vaduz is set on a hill overlooking the small capital town of Vaduz. It is not open to the public in general, serving as a residence to the Prince's family. The original building, erected on the site in the 14th century, was destroyed during the last Swiss independence conflict, the Swabian War, in 1499. It was completely rebuilt in the 16th century.
The palace has belonged to the royal family since 1712, when Prince Johann Adam Andreas of Liechtenstein purchased the County of Vaduz becoming the castle's fifth owner. It was not the official home until 1938, when Prince Franz-Josef II moved his family from Vienna to Liechtenstein after Austria was annexed by Hitler.
http://www.fuerstenhaus.li/museum.0.html?&lang=en for more on the history of the Ruling Family of the House of Liechtenstein.
Mareestrasse 29, Vaduz, 9490, Liechtenstein
Good for: Business
Feldkircher Strasse 1, Schaan, 9494, Liechtenstein
Good for: Business
Triesenberg, 9497, Liechtenstein
Good for: Families