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The Top 10 Things to Do While Visiting Liechtenstein

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Have you ever thought about visiting Liechtenstein? Well, it's truthfully not one of the most well-known countries out there, and a lot of people don't even know it in fact is its OWN country!


Liechtenstein has an area of just 61 square miles, and is home to a population of only 39,000 people, making it one of the smallest and least populated countries in the world.


We did a big road trip around Europe last summer, and spent a couple of days exploring around the country. Now we're here to share all of the details for the best things to do, and everything you should expect before visiting Liechtenstein.

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Where is Liechtenstein Located?

Liechtenstein is located in central Europe, sandwiched between the eastern part of Switzerland and the western part of Austria. It is south of Germany, and is one of the few countries that has no access to any large bodies of water.

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Liechtenstein is a tiny country in cerntral Europe.


How to Travel to Liechtenstein

Now you know where Liechtenstein is located, but how exactly do you get there?


Does Liechtenstein Have an International Airport?

Liechtenstein is actually one of the only capital cities in the world that does not have an airport! The closest airport to Liechtenstein is Altenrhein, Switzerland, which is a little under 40 km away. The biggest airport near Liechtenstein is Zurich, which is 82 km away, and a few other airport options are Memmingen, Basel, and Milan.


Cities That Fly to Airports Near Liechtenstein

Cities that fly direct to Altenrhein include Bern, Cannes, Donaueschingen, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Grenchen, London, Sabadell, Rijeka, Trieste, and Vienna.

The cities that fly direct to Memmingen include Alghero, Alicante, Banja Luka, Belgrade, Brindisi, Bucharest, Catania, Chania, Cluj Napoca, Dublin, Farol, Friderichschafen, Gran Canaria, Helsinki, Iasi, Krakow, Kutaisi, Lanzarote, London, Malaga, Munich,  Nis, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Ohrid, Paphos, Porto, Pristina, Rome, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Suceava,  Targu Mures, Tenerife, Thessaloniki, Timisoara, Tirana, Tuzla, Valencia, Varna, and Zagreb.


Cities that fly direct to Zurich include Abu Dhabi, Agadir, Algiers, Alicante, Almeria, Amsterdam. Antalya, Antwerp, Athens, Baia Mare, Bangkok, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Bern, Bilbao, Birmingham, Boa Vista, Bologna, Bordeaux, Boston, Bremen, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Cancun, Cape Town, Casablanca, Chicago, Colmar, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dakar, Delhi, Doha, Dresden, Dubai, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Florence, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Geneva, Graz, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Hannover, Helsinki, Heraklion, Hong Kong, Hurghada, Ibiza, Istanbul, Izmir, Johannesburg, Krakow, Lamezi Terme, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Las Vegas, Leatkirch im Allgau, Liberia, Lisbon, Liverpool, Ljubljana, London, Los Angeles, Lugano, Luxembourg, Maastricht, Madrid, Malaga, Male, Malta, Manchester, Marsa Alam, Marseille, Miami, Milan, Mnichovo Hradiste, Montreal, Mumbai, Munich, Munster, Muscat, Naples, New York, Nice, Nimes, Northolt, Nuremberg, Oslo, Palermo, Paris, Payerne, Philadelphia, Phuket, Port Louis, Porto, Prague, Pristina, Pula, Reykjavik, Rhodes, Riga, Riyadh, Saanen, Salzburg, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Sarajevo, Sevilla, Shanghai, Sharm el Sheikh, Singapore, Skopje, Split, St. Gallen, St. Moritz, Stockholm. Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tel Aviv, Tenerife, Thessaloniki, Timisoara, Tirana, Tokyo, Toronto, Valencia, Venice, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw, Washington, Wroclaw, Zagreb, Zanzibar, and Zweibrucken.


Visiting Liechtenstein on a Tour

If you happen to be in Zurich, and just want to pop into Liechtenstein for the day, you can actually take a day trip from Zurich to Liechtenstein! It'll take you to a majority of the highlights, and you won't have to worry about your own transportation or planning.


Here are a few different options:

Visiting Liechtenstein by Train

Surprisingly enough, the capital of Liechtenstein is not connected by train. However, the town of Shaan, which is just a few miles north of Vaduz does have a train station. The station has rides from Keldfirch in Austria, and in Buchs in Switzerand.


Visiting Liechtenstein by Bus

The easiest way to get to Liechtenstein is by taking a bus to Vaduz. Here are a couple of the most popular routes you can look into:

Renting a Car to Visit Liechtenstein

When we visited Liechtenstein we were doing a road trip around Europe. This is certainly the easiest and quickest way to visit, and you can rent a car from most major cities that are nearby. 


Being such a small, but spread out country, there is plenty of free parking areas, and roads are well kept. You do not need a vignette, and don't have to worry about tolls inside the country, making it a great option for visiting Liechtenstein.


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Entry Requirements for Visiting Liechtenstein

Now that you know how to get to Liechtenstein, let's make sure that you are legally allowed to visit!


Do You Need a Visa to Visit Liechtenstein?

As Liechtenstein is part of both the EU and the Schengen Zone, it has the same rules and regulations as the other surrounding countries. People whom are from the EU have free access to work and travel in Liechtenstein without any issues. Those who are not a part of the EU, but are not required to obtain a Schengen Visa, can enter without a visa, but will need to adhere to the 90/180 rule. (The US, UK, and Australia all can enter without a visa).


The good news is, that the only way to enter Liechtenstein is via one of the bordering countries. So as long as you are already inside the Schengen Zone (Austria and Switzerland are also both in it), you won't be going through customs or anything.


The 90/180 Rule

All countries who are apart of  the Schengen Zone have free travel amongst eachother. That means that tourists are able to visit a total of 90 days to all of the countries combined. This is important to know, because if you plan on going to other countries that are in the Schengen Zone before Liechtenstein, you will have to subtract those days of travel allowance.


For example- you are going on a road trip, and spend 85 days traveling through France, Spain, and Italy (which are all in the Schengen Zone). This means you now only have 5 days left to spend in the Schengen Zone, or days you could stay in Liechtenstein. After leaving, if you have used all 90 of these days, you will then have to spend 90 consecutive days outside of all Schengen countries before you will be able to re-enter. The 90/180 rule states that you are able spend 90 days in the Schengen Zone within a 180-day period.


We spend a great amount of time in Europe each year, so we always use the Schengen Visa Calculator to make sure that we stay within the allowed time period. (It is a serious offense if you even spend one day over, so it's crucial that you make sure to stay in compliance).


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Visiting Liechtenstein: Local Adjustments

Whenever traveling to a new country (especially around Europe) there are a lot of things you may need to adjust to. Some of these things include the country's language, currency, or the tipping culture. Here are a few of them you should know before visiting Liechtenstein.


What Language is Spoken in Liechtenstein?

The official language spoken in Liechtenstein is German.


Can You Speak English in Liechtenstein?

We did find quite a few people that spoke English in Liechtenstein, but we would suggest learning a bit of the basics in German as well.


What Currency is Used in Liechtenstein?

The currency used in Liechtenstein in the Swiss franc. Currently (January 2024) every 1 USD is equal to .91 Swiss franc, every euro is equal to .96 franc, and 1 pound is equal to 1.1 franc.


Do I Need Cash in Liechtenstein?

You can rely pretty much on your credit card while in Liechtenstein, as pretty much everywhere accepts them. Unlike some other European countries, you won't find a ton of outdoor markets or local vendors on the streets, so you really shouldn't need any cash at all.


Is Liechtenstein an Expensive Country?

Unfortunately Liechtenstein is far from a budget-friendly country. It's almost as expensive as Switzerland. The only difference is you don't need to take a bunch of overpriced cable cars to get everywhere. 


Liechtenstein can certainly be done on a budget, by swapping some meals for food at the supermarket, and staying at the one hostel in Vaduz.


Electrical Outlets in Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein uses the same plug types as the rest of Europe, which are types C, E, & F. The standard voltage in Liechtenstein is 220 V and is as a standard frequency of 50 Hz.


Can You Drink the Water in Liechtenstein?

The water in Liechtenstein is very clean and you can drink it straight from the tap. We suggest bringing a reusable water to fill up yourself, rather than buying the pricey bottled water. Be aware in restaurants though- even when you ask for tap water, they'll charge you for it! We had a friend get charged 5 francs at one place!


Tipping Culture in Liechtenstein

Tipping is not expected in Liechtenstein, but most people tip between 5 and 10%. Many restaurants will actually add a service charge on the bill, which in case you won't need to tip extra at all.

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Why Do People Visit Liechtenstein? Things to Do in Liechtenstein

Now that you know the basics for visiting Liechtenstein, we're going to go over all of the reasons people visit, and the best things to do in Liechtenstein.

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Things to Do in Liechtenstein #1: Visit the Castles

Defiitely the most notable attractions across the country of Liechtenstein are its castles. Here are the top ones to check out.


Vaduz

This is the biggest and most popular castle in the country, which is the residence of the prince of Liechtenstein.


Located right in the capital, it is perched up on a hill, and offers great views of the city below. Unfortunately when we were visiting Liechtenstein the castle was under construction so we were unable to visit, but we were able to walk around it.

Vaduz Castle, things to do while visiting Liechtenstein

Obere Burg

Located in the small town of Shellenburg is an old castle that is now in ruins. It is free to roam, and has beautiful views around it.

ober burg, things to do while visiting Liechtenstein
ober burg, things to do while visiting Liechtenstein
ober burg, things to do while visiting Liechtenstein


Burg Gutenberg

This was our favorite castle in Liechtenstein, and is located in the far south of the country. It is in the small town of Balzers, with great views of the town below, and it also has a winery right in front of it, really making it a picturesque place to add to your list while visiting Liechtenstein.

Gutenberg Castle, things to see while visiting Liechtenstein
Gutenberg Castle, things to see while visiting Liechtenstein
Gutenberg Castle, things to see while visiting Liechtenstein
Gutenberg Castle, things to see while visiting Liechtenstein


Things to Do in Liechtenstein #2: Explore the Towns

This country doesn't have a ton of major landscamrks, but one of the things we loved about visiting Liechtenstein was exeriencing the charming little towns. Here are the ones you'll want to check out.


Vaduz

Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein, and the center of the action of the country. It's not your typical European capital, as truly there isn't a TON to see and do. Nonetheless, this is the most popular place to visit for those going on a day trip to Liechtenstein. 


Some of the things you can check out while in Vaduz are its cathedral, the castle, and the Red House.

cute church in Vaduz, things to do while visiting Liechtenstein
Vaduz Castle view, things to do while visiting Liechtenstein
Vaduz, things to do while visiting Liechtenstein

Triesenberg

Just up the road from Vaduz is a quaint town set in the hills of Liechtenstein. It's dotted with small wooden cabins, and has a small center with a plaza and church. If you're looking for some beautiful views and local vibes, then this is definitely the place for you.

Triesenberg, places to see while visiting Liechtenstein
Triesenberg, places to see while visiting Liechtenstein
Triesenberg, places to see while visiting Liechtenstein
Triesenberg, places to see while visiting Liechtenstein
Triesenberg, places to see while visiting Liechtenstein
Triesenberg, places to see while visiting Liechtenstein

Shellenburg

When it comes to diving into history, Shellenburg is one of the places you can check out while visiting Liechtenstein. While it's by no means an incredibly impressive area, it does have some cultural and historical value that you can appreciate.


These are the top sites to see while in Shellenberg:

  • Bäuerliches Wohnmuseum: a farmhouse musuem from 1518
  • Obere Burg: a castle now in ruins
  • Ruine Alt-Schellenberg (Untere Burg): the lower the two castles

Malbun

This is a town that is up in the mountains of Liechtenstein, and is known for its ski resort. While it may be a bit sleepy in the off season, it is a super cute town to see with its wooden cabins and flowers everywhere.

Malbun, where to go while visiting Liechtenstein

Balzers

Balzers is definitely our favorite town we saw while visiting Liechtenstein. With it's beautiful castle and the mountain backdrop, it really does feel like a fairytale.

Balzers, visiting Liechtenstein
Gutenberg Castle, things to see while visiting Liechtenstein
Balzers, visiting Liechtenstein
Balzers, visiting Liechtenstein

Balzers is one of the prettiest towns to see while visiting Liechtenstein.

Things to Do in Liechtenstein #3: Go Skiing

One of the top activities to check out while visiting Liechtenstein is the winter sports scene. Although tiny, the country does have two different ski resorts, one in Malbun, and one in Steg.

ski lift in Liechtenstein
ski lift in Liechtenstein

Things to Do in Liechtenstein #4: Walk Across the Country

Did you know that you can actually walk across the country of Liechtenstein in just a few hours?! It takes just two hours to ross the width, and 6 to walk the length from top to bottom. We had a car and limited time, but our friends walked across and found it a super fun way to explore the country!

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Things to Do in Liechtenstein #5: Take a Hike

If you happen to be visiting Liechtenstein in the warmer months, then you should definitely take advantage of one of the great hiking trails. The most popular one is the Liechtenstein Trail, which is a 75 km winding trail taking you across 11 of the country's municipalities.


If you have several days to spend, and really want to cover the country completely, then this is a fun challenge to take while visiting Liechtenstein.

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