The country’s history dates back more than 8 centuries and was first mentioned in 1226 when it was ruled by the counts of Montfort. In 1719 it became one of Europe’s most economically and politically important countries, eventually becoming a full member of the German Confederation in 1815. During both World Wars, Liechtenstein maintained its neutrality and is now the 6th smallest country in the world.
The capital city of Vaduz offers visitors an abundance of attractions, such as its magnificent castle overlooking the town, restaurants and cafés scattered throughout the old town, shops selling traditional souvenirs, museums dedicated to depicting the history of Liechtenstein, churches dating back to the 14th century, and modern architecture making up Vaduz’s financial district.
Triesenberg is another beloved city situated in the mountains and featuring hiking trails through its forests as well as breathtaking views across Liechtenstein’s countryside. On the western side of Liechtenstein, the village of Balzers is home to a beautiful 13th-century castle, historic old buildings with retained frescoes, atmospheric squares lined with eateries and shops, plus spectacular views from the nearby Mariahilf church.
For those looking for outdoor adventure, there are plenty of activities available from skiing to mountain biking to paragliding. There are also endless options for sightseeing around Schrofenstein Castle near Ruggell or touring the National Museum in Schaan for an accurate account of Liechtenstein’s past. Diners will find a variety of traditional German cuisines such as Wiener schnitzel (Viennese-style flatbreaded pork chops), Zwiebelrostbraten (fried beef steak with onions) or Kaiserschmarren (shredded pancakes).
Overall, Liechtenstein is a cultural and historical hot spot promising relaxing days steeped in nature and delicious food – a perfect escape from daily life. We hope you enjoy your stay here!