Liechtenstein is a small packet packing a big punch! This tiny-sized European country is an alpine, German-speaking country doubly landlocked by Switzerland and Austria. Brimming with alpine landscapes, medieval castle and charming villages, Liechestenstein is a nation worth visiting.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to Vaduz, its dynamic capital. The city is brimming with a number of attractions such as the Museum of Fine Arts (focuses on international contemporary art), Postage Stamp Museum (talks about history of Liechtenstein's postal service), Liechtenstein National Museum (collection includes a plethora of artefacts such as royal crowns, national history specimens and nationalist paintings), Vaduz Castle (capital's most renowned landmark and the Liechtenstein royal family home), the Prince's Wine Cellars and the neo-Gothic Vaduz Cathedral.
Be sure to head over to Schaan and enjoy the historical attractions housed there such as the St. Maria zum Trost Chapel, DoMus cultural centre and a plethora of Roman excavations. Another incredible town to visit is situated in the far south-western corner of the country - Balzers. It is renowned for its Burg Gutenberg, a 12th century castle perched on a rocky hill over the centre of the town. Some of the other highlights also include its two ornate chapels - the Chapel of St. Peter and the Chapel of Mariahilf.
Hikers can hike around the castle ruins of Schellenberg. Do trek over the Obere Burg (Upper Castle) for a chance to understand history and view spectacular views. Originally constructed in 1250, the castle ruins are famous locations for local medieval festivals and recreations. There are several chapels to be found in Liechtenstein. Some of the finest ones are the beautiful 9th century St. Marmerten chapel in the ancient portion of the village in Triesen, famous for its 14th century tower steeple and the Chapel of St. Joseph in Planken.
When it comes to recreational sports in Liechtenstein, cycling is a popular one. If one wants to cycle in the valleys and lower-lying area of the nation, there are 96 km (56 miles) of cycling trails on both sides of the River Rhine. Mountain bikers can also utilize the hiking trails. Hikers may be pleased to learn there is a plethora of hiking opportunities in Liechtenstein. One of the most popular hikes is from Gaflei, at 1,500m (4,920 ft).
Shop-a-holics will be happy to get their dose of retail therapy. Be on the look-out for items such as fine embroidery and linen, expert woodcarving, mouth-watering Swiss chocolate, handmade luxury clocks and watches, pungent cheeses and trendy Swiss army knives. There are also goods that are unique to Liechtenstein such as handmade ceramics and pottery, products prepared from local Balzner marble and Liechtensteiner wine.
As for cuisine, do try out local delicacies such as Muesli (uncooked rolled oats, fruit and nuts soaked in water or juice), Schnitzel (a breaded cutlet of wafer-thin pork meat, served with French fries) and Rosti (coarsely grated potato, flattened into a pancake and fried).
The stay options in Liechtenstein are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Liechtenstein experiences temperate Alpine climate with warm, wet summers and mild winters. The best time to visit would be depending upon your preference. If you're into skiing, then winter months are a good option. Else, spring and autumn are excellent choices as well.