This Liechtenstein Travel and Art Guide has everything you need to plan a day trip to Vaduz! Don’t miss the chance to explore this hidden alpine gem and its capital city.
Liechtenstein is a 25km long alpine micro-state that is situated on the border of Switzerland and Austria. It is one of two double-landlocked countries in the world (the other being Uzbekistan). This means it is completely surrounded by landlocked countries. It makes up for its lack of coastline with stunning mountains! Over half of the surface are of Liechtenstein is covered by the central Alps.
Here are 10 fun facts about Liechtenstein!
- 60 million false teeth are created here each year (20% of false teeth in the world)!
- The average annual wage is ~$115,000USD.
- The entire country of Liechtenstein can be rented out for $70,000 per day.
- Snoop Dogg tried to rent the entire country for a music video shoot, but didn’t give enough notice.
- German is the official language.
- The population is ~37,000.
- It’s the most successful country in the Olympics in terms of medals per capita.
- Liechtenstein has won medals in the Winter Olympics, but not the Summer Olympics.
- It’s one of the wealthiest countries in the world
- It’s one of the most expensive European countries to live in.
Vaduz is a perfect destination to add to a trip to the Alps as it is an easy drive to make from Innsbruck, Austria(~2h15m) or Zurich, Switzerland(~1h10m). In addition, public transportation is readily available. Vaduz has a population less than 6,000 and is pristinely clean!
Be sure to check out the exterior of Vaduz Castle! It sits 120 meters above Vaduz and boasts beautiful views of the alps and the Rhine Valley. The princely family lives in the castle, so the interior cannot be visited. Once a year, the head of state invites every resident of the country to a party on the grounds.
Once in Vaduz, walk the Main Square to see many famous landmarks of Liechtenstein. The New Parliament Building is directly next to the Old Parliament building with some beautiful sculptural art across the square.
If you collect passport stamps like I do (don’t we all?), then stop in to the Tourism Office. It’s just a few meters from the Main Square and they can stamp your passport for about 2 Euros. There is also a stunning sculpture right outside the Tourism Office that is called X Cube!
A short walk from the Main Square in the other direction takes you to Cathedral of St. Florin, or Vaduz Cathedral. It was built in 1874 on the site of earlier medieval foundations.
The Kunstmuseum is a stunning modern art museum nestled right in the heart of Vaduz. The building itself is architecturally interesting and was designed by Swiss architects Meinrad Morger, Heinrich Degelo and Christian Kerez. The Kunstmuseum houses a beautiful collection of art and a tranquil café. Admission is 15 Swiss Franc and 30-45 minutes is enough time to take in the museum’s offerings.
In conclusion, I hope this post inspires you to plan a day trip to Liechtenstein! Take in the beauty of the alps and explore Vaduz.
Want to see more of the alps? Check out 20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Switzerland!
Have you been to Liechtenstein? What did you like the most? Let me know below in the comments!