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What to Know Before You Visit Liechtenstein

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It’s Travel Tip Tuesday! If you’ve been following along on Instagram and Facebook, you know we recently enjoyed a quick trip to adorable Liechtenstein! Since this was the first time there for both of us, there was a lot to take in and a lot to learn! Here is a heads-up for your own trip to the 6th smallest country in the world.

Terminology

  • Liechtensteiner: A person from Liechtenstein.
  • Fürstentum: Principality; this is also why their license plates show “FL”–for Fürstentum Liechtenstein, or “Principality of Liechtenstein.”
  • Vaduz: Pronounced “Va-dutz” by the locals.
  • Because Liechtenstein and Switzerland share so many elements of their language and culture, check out What to Know Before You Visit Switzerland for more useful terms and information!
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Alpine backdrop!

Practical Information

  • Location: Liechtenstein is double land-locked, meaning it is sandwiched between two other land-locked countries: Austria and Switzerland! Those are the only countries that share a border with this tiny country.
  • Capital City: Vaduz
  • Language: German–with a Swiss twist! Swiss German is quite different from High German, at least to Swiss, German, or Liechtensteiner ears. So brush up on your German, and listen for the differences!
  • Currency: Swiss Franc. This is something else Liechtensteiners have in common with the Swiss, and this also makes it easy for visitors hopping between the countries! Some businesses also accept the Euro, but the Swiss Franc is the most common and preferred currency.
  • Closed on Mondays: Some of the museums and many of the businesses and restaurants in town are closed on Mondays, so if you are looking to do a day trip to this adorable country, try to make it on another day of the week! This may be different in spring, summer, or fall, but to be on the safe side, plan for a day besides Monday.
  • You Cannot Tour the Castle: You can look, but don’t go in! The Prince and his family live there full-time as their private residence. It dates from the 13th century, and it’s very impressive up on the mountain overlooking Vaduz! Feel free to hike up and get a closer look, though!
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Vaduz Castle

How to Get There

  • By Bus: There are several buses that come through Liechtenstein from both Switzerland and Austria! We caught the #11 bus at Sargans Bahnhof (Sargans station in Switzerland) in the direction of Feldkirch (in Austria) and got out at the Vaduz Post stop. Right behind the post office is the Liechtenstein Tourism Center, which is where you should start when you arrive!
  • By Train: Take the train to Buchs, Switzerland or Sargans, Switzerland, then take the bus. Alternatively, you can take the train from Feldkirch, Austria, four times a day.
  • By Plane: No airports! You can fly into Zurich (ZRH); Altenrhein (ACH) in St. Gallen, Switzerland; or Friedrichshafen (FDH) in Friedrichshafen, Germany, then take the train and bus system from there.
  • By Foot: You can hike in from Austria! You can also walk across the Alte Rheinbrücke (Old Rhine Bridge).
  • Bonus: Your Swiss Travel Pass is good here for the buses and for museums on your travel days!
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Border within the Old Rhine Bridge!

Fun Facts

  • You can get your passport stamped at the Liechtenstein Tourism Center for a small fee.
  • It is the 6th smallest country in the world.
  • Liechtenstein’s castle where the prince and his family lives is Vaduz Castle, not Liechtenstein Castle. Liechtenstein Castle is in Baden-Württemburg, Germany, and there is also a Liechtenstein Castle in Enzersdorf, Austria, so don’t get them mixed up!
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Lichtenstein’s House of Parliament

Are you ready for your own visit to Liechtenstein soon? For more useful information, check out my Liechtenstein Page!

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