Top 10 Things To Do In Vaduz│Liechtenstein is the 3rd smallest country in Europe and 6th smallest in the world, sharing its borders with Switzerland and Austria. This is the smallest German-speaking country in the world. Vaduz, the capital city of this country, is a very neat and clean place with many helpful friendly locals. The average citizen of Liechtenstein doesn’t even lock their front door because crime in the country is so low.
We drove into Liechtenstein from Switzerland on our way to Italy. This was our third country on our epic 15 country European Road Trip.
1. Liechtenstein Center
2. City Train
With both English and German narration of the main sights, this is a nice way to see Vaduz if you don’t feel like walking. It is therefore ideal for those with young kids. Vaduz is a small town – you can easily visit all the most important places within 2-3 hours, but the Citytrain shows you half of them in 35 minutes.
You can also get your passport stamped at their kiosk for about 3 dollars.
3. Das Städtle
The Town Center of Vaduz is a great place of interest and a definite must if you are visiting this city. It is popular pedestrian zone and it connects all major attractions. The official name of the street is “Städtle” (meaning: “small town”). We absolutely love anything with a “small town” feel, and this area was exactly that!
It is the heart of Liechtenstein’s capital – and has everything from modern art and historical collections to outdoor cafés, restaurants and boutiques. There is also a nice view to Vaduz castle from here. The area between the government district and the town hall is pedestrianized and closed to cars.
This is the main city center which offers visitors the chance to shop, dine, relax and explore the cultural highlights. Image below by Andrew Bossi
For a view of how Vaduz once looked, wander northeast of town to Mitteldorf. This area is not too far from the town center, but we chose to drive here on-route to the Vaduz Castle. The streets in Mitteldorf form a charming quarter of traditional houses and rose gardens.
5. The Red House
The Red House, with its gabled structure and a large tower containing living quarters, is located in the Mitteldorf area of Vaduz. The house gets its name from the dark-red colour the building has had since the middle of the 19th century.
6. Prince of Liechtenstein Vineyards
We got out of our car at Mitteldorf to walk around and take some pictures. A short walk led us to the Prince of Liechtenstein’s royal winery. It is, in fact, only a 10 minute walk from the centre of Vaduz, so you don’t have to worry about going far to find this little area on foot. Surrounded by vines and with a view of the princely castle, the royal winery is definitely a sight worth seeing.
7. Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
8. Vaduz Cathedral
Vaduz Cathedral, or the Cathedral of St. Florin, is a neo-Gothic church near the town center of Vaduz. The view of the mountains in the distance give this cathedral a stunning natural backdrop. Unfortunately, while we were in Vaduz, the cathedral was undergoing maintenance work, so the tower was covered in scaffolding. Source of the image below.
9. Vaduz Castle
The Vaduz Castle is the current home of the royal family of the reigning prince of Liechtenstein. It is perched 120 meters above the capital Vaduz, and is over 700 years old. It is the landmark of the capital of Liechtenstein and visible from far away. As the royal family still lives in Vaduz Castle, it’s unfortunately not open to the public but you can climb the hill, stroll around the castle perimeters, and view the city from atop. Check out our recent post on the castle here: Vaduz Castle.