Currency: Swiss Franc and the Euro
Official Language: German is the official language with English being spoken in most touristic attraction sites
Welcome to the world’s 6th smallest country!
Squashed in between Switzerland and Austria, Lichtenstein is truly a wondrous place to discover…and the best part is that you can literally travel through the entire country in just one day!Don’t be fooled though, with the many great sights, you might feel the need to extend your stay to truly get the opportunity to soak up all that makes this little gem so precious. From sky-high mountains to cliff-hanging castles and some very weird cultural practices, Lichtenstein promises to thrill the sense of travelers from far and wide. The town of Vaduz - the capital city - is probably the biggest attraction of the country and boasts impressive historical highlights tucked into age old buildings to be explored. All things aside, Lichtenstein has one thing that makes it stand out above the crowd - its awe inspiring natural surrounds. Rated as one the destination with some of the most impressive landscapes in all of Europe, Lichtenstein is a premium destination for all things skiing, hiking, mountain biking and swimming. For a pocket-sized nation, Lichtenstein really packs a lot more punch than it weighs in at!
Must see places in Liechtenstein
Also known as Schloss Vaduz, the Lichtenstein royal family home happens to be one of the country’s most impressive ad popular landmarks. Originally constructed in the 12th century and extended in the 16th and 17th century, Vaduz Castle is a massive towering castle that marks the capital city.
Coming in as Lichtenstein’s largest municipality, Schaan has a lot of touristic attractions that will be worth your while. The St Maria zum Trost Chapel, the DoMus cultural center and the Roman excavation sights are among the most popular attractions. For dining and drinking, Schaan is also home to some of Lichtenstein’s best bars and restaurants.
The towns of Nendeln and Eschen
Home to the principal communities of the lowland area of Lichtenstein, the small towns of Nendeln and Eschen should not be overlooked when planning a travel itinerary. Nendeln is well known for its old Roman villa and the renowned Schädler Pottery. Eschen on the other hand is known for its Pfrundhaus, the 14th century art gallery and then there’s also the Holy Cross Chapel.
Schellenberg is another great destination to visit if you’re keen on viewing the great old castles. On display here is the Obere Burg, which is the upper castle that offers a spectacular view over the entire area, and then there’s another (lower) castle to discover. These two castle ruins were originally built in 1250 and have become somewhat of an event hotspot for medieval parties today.
Known for its 12th century castle Burg Gutenberg, Balzers is also known for its ornate chapels; the Chapel of St. Peter and the Chapel of Mariahilf.
Things to do in Liechtenstein
Visit the Ski and Winter Sport Museum
For the ski buffs, this will definitely impress you. The Ski Museum takes an extensive look into the history of ski and winter sports and makes for a good day trip when the weather isn’t exactly playing along.
Hit the slopes
Since Lichtenstein is heaven on earth for skiers, it comes as no surprise that skiing should definitely be on your to-do list while you’re here. Some of the best places to head out to include Malbun and Steg.
Tour the Prince’s Wine Cellars
In Vaduz, a tour of the Prince’s Wine Cellars will surely reveal some long viticulture history with walks through the vineyards, the basement and the delectable wine tasting opportunities.
Explore the past
At the Liechtenstein National Museum you’ll get the opportunity to explore an age old building, dating back to 1438. What used to be a royal tavern, a custom house and eventually a government building is home to hundreds of artefacts like royal crowns, history specimens and stunning nationalist paintings today.
Best time to visit
Tourists visit Liechtenstein from July to October
With a temperate alpine climate, Lichtenstein has warm and wet summers with mild winters. The best time to travel here for sightseeing would be between the months of August and October, when the weather isn’t freezing cold yet and there isn’t too much rain. Obviously aviod skiers would want to travel here in the midst of winter to get the best opportunity to ski down some of the best slopes in Europe.
Did you know?
Liechtenstein is famous for being the smallest nation that boasts the most amazing sights and attractions
The German greeting for Good day is “Guten tag!”, but you can also use the word “Hoi!”
- Käsknöpfle mit Apfelmus is a doughy pasta-like cheese dish served with apple sauce
- Rheintaler Ribelmais is almost like polenta, but it’s only served in the Rhine Valley
- Müesli is what Westerners know as Granola
- Schnitzel is that pretty amazing dish you’ve probably already tasted that calls for cutlets of wafer thin pork meat to be breaded and shallow-fried and then served with French fries.
- Rösti is a dish of coarsely grated potato that is flattened into a pancake and then fried