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 snow-capped 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.
We found this beautiful church amidst the lovely chalets.
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.
Shelter from unexpected showers
Lovely quaint train station of Schaan
Liechtenstein Capital Vaduz
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 which is one of the top things to do in Liechtenstein.
There was a small flea market set up with a variety of souvenirs and bric-a-brac.
Government building in Peter-Kaiser-Platz square.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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