26 Best Things to Do in Liechtenstein


Liecht­en­stein is a small spe­cif­ic prin­ci­pal­i­ty, whose name comes from the sur­name of the rul­ing dynasty in the coun­try. Nev­er­the­less, high moun­tains, ancient cas­tles and Catholic cathe­drals coex­ist peace­ful­ly on its ter­ri­to­ry.


Who and why should come here

Despite the absence of large cities and any large cities, there are many his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments in Liecht­en­stein — after all, the his­to­ry of this small state began in the days of the Holy Roman Empire. It is not sur­pris­ing that on its ter­ri­to­ry ancient cas­tles coex­ist with Goth­ic church­es and mod­ern muse­ums.

Liecht­en­stein is a great place for fans of ski­ing, cyclists, climbers and just out­door enthu­si­asts. Skiers and snow­board­ers can ski down the slopes of the Retikon Ridge, the Falkniss and Rausch­pitz Moun­tains, and the Mal­brun ski resort.

Anoth­er rea­son to vis­it Liecht­en­stein is the local wines. Even the head of state does not dis­dain the pro­duc­tion of wine prod­ucts — he has his own win­ery in Vaduz.

Architectural monuments

Vaduz castle

Samok Vaduz

The res­i­dence of the rul­ing dynasty von Liecht­en­stein belongs to the build­ings of the XII cen­tu­ry, but the mon­archs chose the fortress only in the XIX cen­tu­ry. Its loca­tion is a hill in the upper reach­es of the Rhine, so that the cas­tle ris­es above the city and is vis­i­ble from any point in it. Vaduz is open to the pub­lic only once a year — on August 15, the day of the for­ma­tion of the state.

Montebello Castle

samok monteneblo

was built in 1313 in hon­or of the vic­to­ry of one noble Rus­ka fam­i­ly over anoth­er — the Vis­con­ti. Since then, the cas­tle passed from one aris­to­crat to anoth­er. Now lit­tle is left of it from those times, except per­haps a chapel of the 15th cen­tu­ry. Some­thing was destroyed by itself, some­thing was demol­ished by the next own­ers of the cas­tle.

Castle of Castelgrande

samok castel grande

Of all the build­ings of the cap­i­tal, this cas­tle is almost the old­est. It was built back in the days of the Roman Empire, in the 1st cen­tu­ry BC. Nat­u­ral­ly, it was rebuilt all the time, so there are few old build­ings left — for exam­ple, the White Tow­er of the 13th cen­tu­ry and the arse­nal of the 19th cen­tu­ry.



In the cas­tle of Balser, tourists can only see the low­er court­yard of the fortress. And it will be pos­si­ble to get into the inter­nal premis­es only dur­ing the events. Guten­berg was built in 1263. The cas­tle changed hands for a long time, although for 500 years it was inhab­it­ed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Hab­s­burg dynasty. Then it fell into pri­vate own­er­ship, and it was the last own­er who restored the fortress.

Government House

dom government

The neo-baroque build­ing is the hall­mark of Liecht­en­stein. Despite its rel­a­tive youth (the Gov­ern­ment House was built at the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tu­ry), it is not infe­ri­or in beau­ty and grandeur to the more ancient sights of the cap­i­tal. The build­ing looks very bright and even fes­tive, and its facade is dec­o­rat­ed with a fres­co depict­ing the coat of arms of the prin­ci­pal­i­ty.

City Hall of Vaduz

town hall vaduz

This town hall was built a lit­tle lat­er — in 1932. It is note­wor­thy that much more mon­ey was spent on its con­struc­tion than orig­i­nal­ly planned. To cov­er the debts, the gov­ern­ment had to rent part of the build­ing for 50 years.

The town hall is dec­o­rat­ed with the emblem of the com­mune of the prin­ci­pal­i­ty and fres­coes. The most inter­est­ing of them is a fres­co depict­ing the god of wine­mak­ing Urban in the form of the Pope. Inside are por­traits of all the princes of the dynasty. Near the town hall there is a sculp­tur­al group of the Swiss sculp­tor Naga Arnol­di — three hors­es made in the tra­di­tions of cubism, that is, not very sim­i­lar to real ani­mals.

red house

krasnii dom

This house is vis­i­ble from any­where in the cap­i­tal of Liecht­en­stein, and it was called red because of the facade, lined with bright red bricks. In the 19th cen­tu­ry, the monastery of St. John. A tow­er was attached to it for a mill­stone that crushed grapes — the monk broth­ers were engaged in wine­mak­ing.

Now the house is pri­vate­ly owned, and one of the pre­vi­ous own­ers of the House — Egon Rein­berg­er, sculp­tor and archi­tect — had a hand in its restruc­tur­ing. By the way, wine is still made here.

Reinberger House

dom rainbergera

Anoth­er house that is relat­ed to the same noble Rein­berg­er fam­i­ly, only to its oth­er wor­thy rep­re­sen­ta­tive — the com­pos­er Josef Gabriel von Rein­berg­er. In this house in 1839 the musi­cian was born and raised. Now the build­ing hous­es the School of Music, and there is a bust of the com­pos­er in front of it.

Bridge over the Rhine

most cheres rein

The wood­en bridge-tun­nel is actu­al­ly not an exclu­sive­ly local attrac­tion. One half of it belongs to Liecht­en­stein, and the oth­er half belongs to Aus­tria. It was once the only bridge in the coun­try that could cross the Rhine.

Cultural attractions and museums

Liechtenstein State Museum

gos museum

At first, the muse­um was locat­ed in one of the cas­tles of the prin­ci­pal­i­ty, but then it began to move from place to place, until it remained per­ma­nent­ly in the for­mer tav­ern.

The muse­um exhibits uten­sils from the Church of St. Lawrence in the city of Shan, as well as knight­ly armor, weapons, a col­lec­tion of coins, jew­el­ry, hand­i­crafts, old books, the very first stamps and mirac­u­lous­ly pre­served medieval car­pets. In addi­tion, the muse­um has expo­si­tions ded­i­cat­ed to archae­o­log­i­cal finds in the coun­try, as well as its nat­ur­al resources.

Liechtenstein Postal Museum

pochtovii musei

The branch of the State Muse­um, locat­ed in the Eng­lish House in the cap­i­tal, was spe­cial­ly cre­at­ed to pre­serve the unique col­lec­tion of postage stamps issued by the prin­ci­pal­i­ty’s mail. The depart­ment made stamps on var­i­ous top­ics, but all of them were unit­ed by high qual­i­ty and lim­it­ed cir­cu­la­tion. In addi­tion to stamps, the expo­si­tion includes print­ing press­es, sketch­es of unis­sued signs and old pho­tographs.

Museum of Art

musei iskustv

It is also called the “black box” for its unusu­al shape. The cubic build­ing made of tint­ed basalt and con­crete hous­es paint­ings and sculp­tures from the 19th cen­tu­ry, as well as can­vas­es by mod­ern mas­ters. The muse­um also exhibits the pri­vate col­lec­tion of Prince Liecht­en­stein.

At the entrance to the build­ing is a three-meter stat­ue of a reclin­ing woman made of bronze — this is the work of the Colom­bian sculp­tor Fer­nan­do Bot­tera. It sym­bol­izes the dor­mant soul of the world.

Triesen Cultural Center (Kulturzentrum Gasometer)

cultural center

It is locat­ed in the build­ing of an old weav­ing cot­ton fac­to­ry built in 1863. By the way, this is one of the few local mon­u­ments of the era of indus­tri­al­iza­tion. Gas­om­e­ter is a per­fect­ly pre­served gas tank that sup­plied the plant with gas for 120 years. This unusu­al cen­ter has an expo­si­tion of old looms and an equal­ly ancient black­smith’s work­shop. The build­ing peri­od­i­cal­ly hosts art exhi­bi­tions and var­i­ous cul­tur­al events.

Walsermuseum in Triesenberg


The Triesen­berg Local His­to­ry Muse­um grew out of a small col­lec­tion of exhibits that a local pas­tor began to col­lect in 1943. At first, the muse­um was locat­ed in a house built in 1601 called Walser­haus, and lat­er moved to a new mul­ti-storey build­ing. The muse­um presents recon­struc­tions of peas­ant life: dish­es, per­son­al belong­ings, agri­cul­tur­al tools. One of the floors is occu­pied by an exhi­bi­tion of works made of wood by the hand of the sculp­tor Rudolf Wredler.

Sasso Corbaro

sasso korbaro

The cas­tle stands high on a cliff and was pre­vi­ous­ly the site of the Vaduz city prison. The inter­nal build­ings were not pre­served — they were destroyed by fires. Now it main­ly hosts music fes­ti­vals and re-enact­ments of medieval events.

Natural attractions and parks

Mountain “Three Sisters” (Dry Shwestern)

Gora Tri Sestri

Of the three sep­a­rate peaks, the high­est reach­es 2053 m. The ruins of old cas­tles have been pre­served on the tops of the moun­tains. You can get there on foot — spe­cial hik­ing trails have been devel­oped for this. There are also more dif­fi­cult and inter­est­ing routes for climbers.

Echsnerberg trail

trail ehnesberg

The 15-kilo­me­ter route from Schel­len­berg to Ben­dern will allow you to get acquaint­ed with the most beau­ti­ful views and land­scapes of Liecht­en­stein: moun­tain peaks, val­leys with neat moun­tain vil­lages immersed in green­ery and dense forests.

Malbrun Ski Resort

gornoligni resort

This resort is locat­ed at the foot of the moun­tains Nospits and Zeyre­roch. It is designed for skiers and snow­board­ers of all skill lev­els. There are trails for begin­ners and pro­fes­sion­als, as well as a freestyle park.

Private winery of the Prince of Liechtenstein

lichnaya vinodelnia

Quite an inter­est­ing place not only for wine lovers. The fact is that vast vine­yards are spread here, in which vis­i­tors are allowed to walk, enjoy­ing the views of the near­by moun­tains and tow­er­ing cas­tles. In the win­ery itself, you can taste and buy local wines from the reserves of the prince him­self — by the way, they are not export­ed, so these vari­eties can­not be found any­where else.

religious objects

Church of Saint Joseph

cerkov st iosifa

The church in Triesen­berg has stood on a hill since the 18th cen­tu­ry. The build­ing is made of sim­ple gray stone, and its roofs are made of wood. It is note­wor­thy that on the tow­er of the cathe­dral there is quite an Ortho­dox “onion”. The inte­ri­or of the tem­ple is also quite sim­ple — wood­en beams on the vault, a wood­en cru­ci­fix, but bright stained-glass win­dows and a real organ give a spe­cial charm to this unpre­sentable church.

Church of Saint Lawrence

cerkov st lavrentia

A very ancient build­ing in the city of Shan (Esh­en), which dates back to 1100. True, since then only the bell tow­er has remained from it — the rest of the build­ing has turned into ruins. How­ev­er, sev­er­al sculp­tures were saved and trans­ferred to the muse­um.

St. Florin’s Cathedral

sobor st florina

The Cathe­dral in Vaduz was built in 1868. The saint, after whom the tem­ple was named, became famous for turn­ing water into wine, fol­low­ing the exam­ple of Jesus Christ. True, this right­eous man has nev­er been to Vaduz. Inter­est­ing fea­tures of the archi­tec­ture of the cathe­dral are a stone stair­case and two sculp­tures of the Vir­gin Mary.

Cathedral of Santi Pietro i Stefano

sobor santi

Also locat­ed in Vaduz. This is a dilap­i­dat­ed Goth­ic cathe­dral rebuilt in the 15th cen­tu­ry — inside it you can still see Goth­ic frames with stuc­co from the old church, as well as 18th-cen­tu­ry murals made by invit­ed Ital­ian painters.

Church of St. Fridolin

fridalino cerkov

The tem­ple in Rugell was built in hon­or of the saint of the same name, who in the 5th cen­tu­ry brought the light of the Chris­t­ian faith to the pagans of these places. The date of con­struc­tion is 1617. The church was quite stan­dard for those times: one nave, an altar and a tow­er. But at the end of the 19th cen­tu­ry, it was rebuilt accord­ing to the design of the Aus­tri­an archi­tect Gus­tav von Neu­mann.

Church of St. Gallus

cerkov gallusa

This Church was built in Triesen in 1455, but in 1994 the old build­ing had to be demol­ished due to an emer­gency con­di­tion and restored anew. From the old tem­ple there were sculp­tures of Eras­mus Kern and a font made of black mar­ble — they can still be seen inside the church.

Chapel of St. Mamerta

chasovni mamerti

The old­est chapel in the coun­try is also locat­ed in Triesen. Accord­ing to var­i­ous sources, it was built in the 9th or ear­ly 10th cen­tu­ry. And the tow­er at the church appeared only in 1448, when the restora­tion and rebuild­ing of the chapel began. But of par­tic­u­lar inter­est are the inte­ri­or fres­coes and the late Goth­ic trip­tych.


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