Natural sights in the Principality of Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein's natural sights involve the impressive mountain landscape, and the Rhine valley that contrasts it. Most tourists visiting Liechtenstein arrive in Vaduz, wander around the centre and complain at the lack of 'unspoiled areas, and the prices of the tourist tat!' There is another option!
Take a bus from the centre of Vaduz up to Triesenberg, or better still to Malbun, or travel to the next village of Schaan and walk up the hillside to Dux. Alternatively, take a bus to the Unterland and enjoy the hilly landscape of the Eschnerberg.
Liechtenstein is not Vaduz, so don't follow the sheep. There's so much more to the country. Here is a list of possible excursions - possible during a day or two day-trip to the country.
- Take a bus up to Malbun and then the chairlift to the top of Sareis. Have a drink in the restaurant there
- Stop off before you get to Malbun, in the village of Steg and walk around the village, or up to the mountain dairy at Sücka
- Take a ride to Schaan, then follow the road up past the church to Dux. You can stop in the restaurant or walk up into the woods and the activity areas there
- Take a trip to Gaflei (via Triesenberg) and climb the observation tower
- Take a trip up to Planken and then walk (give about 1-2 hours) up the track to Gafadura where you can have a meal, a drink and enjoy the views and fresh air
- Go to Ruggell in the north and hire a bicycle to enjoy the [relatively] flat terrain - you can cycle all the way to Balzers alongside the Rhine - but be warned - this direction is upstream!
- Get a map and walk from Steg, into the mountains to Schönberg (2104m) and back round to Malbun (if you are not confident of navigating yourself, ask at the tourist office in Malbun or Vaduz)
- If you are a more adventurous walker, try the Fürstensteig from Gaflei across the mountain face. There are sheer drops here, so you must be confident. You can also continue on to the Drei Schwestern and come down via Gafadura to Planken
- Visit Schellenberg and picnic at the ruined fort there
- Walk directly from Vaduz to the Wildschloss (wild castle) high on the mountain side between Schaan and Vaduz
- If you only want a stroll - why not walk up to the Castle in Vaduz, then along the Fürstenweg (a track above the field opposite the castle) and then back down through the old part of Vaduz - this should take the average walker about 1-2 hours