Full of medieval charm, alpine extravaganzas, bustling cities and charming villages, you’re truly treated to a quintessentially European treat in Liechtenstein. At just 25km long, this quaint country doesn’t stretch quite as far as its larger neighbours of Austria and Switzerland but holds its own as a destination worthy of a visit.
Before you venture to this modern fairytale, planning out your trip can be a great way to get the most out of your holiday regardless of the time you’re away. If the breathtaking views aren’t enough for you to drop everything and book your flight instantly, then the beautiful culture of this country will. So, pack your bags, renew your EHIC Card and hop on the next flight to Liechtenstein! Here’s what you need to know.
Top Tourist Destinations
The fantastic capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, offers a unique trip, unlike any other capital city. Whether you decide to navigate around the city on foot or take the quaint inner-city tour train, travelling around Vaduz is easy and you can be sure that there will be a number of mesmerising views and unforgettable sites that will take your breath away. In addition to this, the mountainous regions around this key location make for the perfect backdrop, allowing you to relax and unwind in style whilst exploring the wonder that is Vaduz.
Within the valleys of Liechtenstein, you will find Gutenberg Castle. This amazing example of local architecture has been preserved for hundreds of years and sits upon a hill overlooking the valley. Its old stone walls and iconic design add to the magical feel of the castle and its surroundings. The slightly rounded design fits in perfectly with the rolling hills in the valley, making it the perfect centrepiece for the tiny village positioned below in addition to the luscious green mountainside making it stand out in the glistening sun.
Castle Ruins, Schellenberg
In this secluded location, you will find the ruins of two castles; the popular upper castle is easily accessible from the footpath for tourists, so you can dive into the history of the country, through the ruins. Both the Obere Burg (upper castle) and the Untere Burg (lower castle), were built in the 14th century and after they both became unoccupied, they fell into disrepair.
Postage Stamp Museum
Although this may seem like an unusual attraction for tourists, the Postage Stamp Museum is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Discover the history of the unique collection of postage stamps which are truly one of a kind as you wander around the museum and spend some time learning more about the local area as you go.
Reasons To Visit Liechtenstein
If you are looking for some of the most amazing landscapes to marvel at, then Liechtenstein is where you will find them. With luscious green rolling hills and a handful of castles scattered around, you will be sure to find a picturesque landscape to take that perfect snapshot.
This country is a gold mine for all the history lovers out there. With multiple different historical castles and gothic style cathedrals, there will be evidence of a period to please all.
Due to being nestled in between Switzerland and Austria, it was a safe haven for many during both WWI and WWII, making Liechtenstein a great representation of life during the war. If the history of the wine industry is more up your street, then you can visit some of the Hofkellerei wine cellars and learn all about the wine that has been made here through generations of families. You can even try a sip or two, making this a perfect location for you and you’re significant other to relax and enjoy your holiday.
Thanks to the mountainous region, a lot of the local dishes that have been around for generations have come from natural, local ingredients from Liechtenstein soil or farms. With dishes such as Muesli, Kasknopfl (Dumplings with onions or cheese) and Hafalaab (soup with ham or bacon) originating here, these are hearty dishes that are most commonly eaten with family around the dinner table.
In addition to this, the traditional drinks here are fairly simple, with staples such as milk, coffee and beer being some of the local favourites, you can be sure that you will have a unique drink with every meal in Liechtenstein.
Although this is a rather unknown country, it still has an annual influx of tourists that come to visit some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world. Due to this, the overall nature of this country is very welcoming, so you can enjoy the local atmosphere in restaurants and popular attractions, and feel at home in Liechtenstein.
Don’t Be Afraid To Get Lost
When travelling around this beautiful country, the best piece of advice that we can give you is to not be afraid to explore. If you find yourself lost on a trail, see where it may take you, as you never know what you may find! In addition to following the mapped-out trails, discover the hidden gems of the country for a truly memorable break.
When we go on holiday, we like to enjoy ourselves and splash the cash. If you’re travelling on a bit of a budget, however, then we suggest that you spend wisely! Stay in a hotel with good reviews, but maybe not so many stars, and visit the local restaurants to eat, instead of going to a chain. Eating out at an authentic restaurant can offer a far more realistic experience anyway!
Take Your Time
The most important piece of advice that we can give when visiting this amazing country is to take your time. Although it may seem tempting to rush from attraction to attraction to cram it all in, it is important to spend your time enjoying what’s right in front of you and soaking it up. By having a rough plan of your trip before you arrive, you can ensure that you get to see all the monuments and landmarks you want to visit, but don’t be afraid to be flexible and veer off plan if you happen to find a hidden gem!
Take Your EHIC
Your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is just as important as your passport when you travel to Europe. If you become ill or have a bad accident during your stay abroad, your EHIC will entitle you to health care, while you are overseas. So, ensure that you have renewed your card if it has run out.
If you have any further questions regarding your EHIC, you can contact us, today.