Liechtenstein- How we travelled through the length of the country in a day!

Nestled between Switzerland and Austria – Liechtenstein is a 25 km long alpine country with an area of just over 160 square kilometers. We decided to spend a day relishing this slice of Switzerland on a day trip from Switzerland. Liechtenstein has been an independent state under the rule of the Princely House of Liechtenstein since 1719.

We boarded a train from Zurich to Sargans and then Sargans to Buchs, a municipality in Switzerland and then a bus (12) from Buchs to Schaan to enter into Liechtenstein. Zurich to Schaan takes around 90 minutes. We had a commune day pass of Switzerland which we can use for public transport anywhere in Switzerland, fortunately, this worked even for public transport in Liechtenstein. So Liechtenstein turned out to be one of the cheapest countries we visited costing us 40 CHF each (2700 rupees each)

We decided to start from the northernmost part of Liechtenstein hence, we boarded a bus (11) from Schaan to Bendern and then (31) to Ruggell. Ruggell is a calm countryside with green fields with a backdrop of snowcapped mountains. Bright yellow daffodils bedecked every corner of the street and there were hardly any vehicles. We had our breakfast in a cafe probably the only one in the area and sauntered around taking pictures of the surroundings.

Liechtenstein in a day

Liechtenstein in a day

We found this beautiful church amidst the lovely chalets.

Liechtenstein in a day

We boarded a bus (31) back to Bendern and then bus (11) to Schaan. Schaan being the largest economic center and the municipality of Liechtenstein by population was a bit more crowded. Schaan borders the town of Buchs in Switzerland. One can visit the stunning church of St. Laurentius in Schaan.

Liechtenstein in a day

Shelter from unexpected showers

Liechtenstein in a day

Lovely quaint train station of Schaan

Liechtenstein in a day

We boarded back the bus (11) to the Liechtenstein capital Vaduz. Our first stop was the Peter-Kaiser-Platz square home to the parliament building and other government building.

Liechtenstein in a day

There was a small flea market set up with a variety of souvenirs and bric-a-brac.

Liechtenstein in a day

Government building in Peter-Kaiser-Platz square.

Liechtenstein in a day

The 700 years old Vaduz castle is perched atop a steep hill overlooking the city and can be spotted from the Peter-Kaiser-Platz square. Vaduz Castle serves as a residence of the princely family of Liechtenstein and is not open to the general public.

Liechtenstein in a day

We boarded a bus(21) to Malbun and got down midway at Triesenberg a beautiful mountain village with a view over the city. Triesenberg hosts many full-day or multi-day trekking tours with the cutest mountain animal llamas. Malbun with a breathtaking natural landscape is popular for summer hiking and as a family-friendly winter-sports resort.

Liechtenstein in a day

We boarded a bus (21) back to Vaduz and bus(11) to Balzers. We disembarked at the bus stop near the Gutenberg castle and walked through the calm streets and beautiful countryside of long stretches of green with a backdrop of cloudy mountains. The houses had gorgeous backyard gardens with few of them having chicken farms.

Liechtenstein in a day

The main attraction of the town of Balzers is the well preserved Gutenberg Castle perched on a hill. It is one of the five castles of the principality and is open to the general public as a museum. The castle is accessible via a street known as Burgweg.

Liechtenstein in a day

Bus(11) to Buchs and train back to Zurich. The public transport was very frequent hence, we did not have to wait anywhere just had to change a couple of buses. One can also get a Liechtenstein stamp in the passport from the tourist office. We did not find Liechtenstein as beautiful as Switzerland probably due to commercialization. But it did add a count more to the countries we visited.

Have you been to Liechtenstein? Let us know your view of the country. How did you like it?

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26 Comment

  1. Wow, you were really able to see a lot! There is some really pretty architecture in Leichtenstein!

  2. David says: Reply

    Looks like a pretty place Liechtenstein. Even though it will be even better experience if the weather was sunny, I’m sure. From what I’ve seen there is an amazing nature and mountains. Would love to go and take photos out there.

  3. I have been to Switzerland, but never Liechtenstein, the transport system in Switzerland is excellent. It must have been great to see the mountains.

  4. I would love to visit Gutenberg castle, especially since it has been transformed into a museum. It does not get any better than that!

  5. I like Liechtenstein a lot, been there several times and once in my friend’s wedding party in the garden of the castle. It was fun! Quite often the weather there is foggy, especially up there, and a bit rainy.

  6. Nya says: Reply

    I have lived in Germany for approximately two months (long story), and I did visit Liechtenstein before, briefly. Ooh the country side:) I am more of a city girl but I know how to appreciate this type of places as well. Lovely pictures.

  7. Beautiful place! Liechtenstein has a lot of gorgeous architecture! I would love to visit this place one day!

  8. The rain showers made the architecture of Liechtenstein more bold and enchanting. I am glad that rain did not ruin your trip though! Also, I would love to visit the flea market. There are always nice goodies to get as a souvenir. Great post!


  9. I am glad you managed to have fun and see quite a few lovely sites despite the rain. Flea markets are the best! It is a good place to meet locals and support small businesses. Great post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Kusum says: Reply

    Your post just took me back to Switzerland and back (you make me miss it more now). Looks like you had a great time trying to do so many cool things all in one day. Beautiful photos.
    xx, Kusum |

  11. What a beautiful place!! I love traveling if I only could I would take a year off just to travel around the world and see new places, meet new people and get inspired =) Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  12. This is the tiny country I’ve been eyeing to visit. How lovely to see stunning photos of Liechtenstein.

  13. Ana says: Reply

    Wow! Looks like you had such a fun trip! I would love to visit Gutenberg Castle some day. All your pictures are captured very nicely. Thanks for sharing about your trip with us!

  14. Wow that sounds like such an incredible trip! I had no idea that Liechtenstein was it’s own country! The architecture is so gorgeous, especially the castle!

  15. Ann says: Reply

    We went to Vaduz once. So expensive. I now wish we explored more of this country.

  16. Such a tiny place, but still looks like it is worth visiting. I am glad you enjoyed it!

  17. Collin says: Reply

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  18. I had no idea that Liechtenstein is only 25 km long, or that it’s so easy to visit from Switzerland. Even though you had some misty weather, the mountains looked gorgeous. Next time I head to Switzerland I am definitely adding little Liechtenstein to make it a two-country itinerary.

  19. It’s great that you got to check off another country on your list! And what a pretty little country! It looks like the rain didn’t hold you back at all. I love that train station!

  20. I adore the Alps but I have not made it to Liechtenstein it being so close to Switzerland. I would totally go just to get that extra passport stamp and add another country to my list!

  21. As an Aussie who has to travel for many hours to get to any other country, I find it so weird that up in the Northern Hemisphere you can pop into another country like Liechtenstein just for a day trip!! Love the castles – such a shame you can’t tour the royal Vaduz castle!

  22. I thought about visiting Lichenstein when I was in Zurich a few years ago but just couldn’t make it fit with my short visit to Europe. I didn’t realize it would be so easy to travel around by public transport and still see so many of the sites. I love castles so I will definitely need to add Lichenstein to the list of countries to visit when I am back in Western Europe.

  23. I have been wanting to go to Liechtenstein! This post has some great information on places to visit there and they are so cool. Thanks for sharing your bus ride! Definitely gonna plan soon.

  24. Brenda says: Reply

    Lichtenstein has always been on our travel list. The architecture and your photos make it even more intriguing to visit.

  25. Wow, sounds like you had a great time! I’ve been to Austria a couple of times (and loved it), and Switzerland has been on my bucket list for a while, but I’ve never been to Liechtenstein. It kind of reminds me of Germany (just based on the buildings), a place I absolutely loved when I visited last time. And Gutenberg Castle looks amazing, I’d love to see that sometime!

  26. Priya says: Reply

    We haven’t been to Lichtenstein, looks lovely even in the rain. Love the 700 years old Vaduz castle is perched atop a steep hill and the different chalets. Thanks for this virtual tour, will add Lichtenstein to our wishlist.

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