Liechtenstein is not a significant tourist destination, but is often included as an extension of a trip to Austria or Switzerland. The country is extremely small and lacks significant destinations. The scenery, however, is spectacular. From the trivia bucket, a stop here is considered a “prize” by stamp collectors.
Liechtenstein’s main attraction – the Castle at Vaduz – is not open to tourists, but its prominence on the hillside makes it the focus of tours of the town of Vaduz. To be honest, most travelers make a quick automobile trip through Liechtenstein to add another country to their list of countries visited. If you have time, drive as far as you can into the mountains and find an outdoor cafe for what should be an extremely enjoyable lunch amidst spectacular scenery.
- Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein and the most popular tourist destination in the country. The Royal Palace looks majestic on the ridge above the town but it not open to the public, as it is the home of the Royal Family. The town has a few good quality restaurants and several nice shops.
- If Vaduz sounds attractive to you, you may want to visit Balzers or Triesen, two towns that retain the distinct Liechtenstein ambiance but are further up in the Alps.
- For most tourists, the attraction of Liechtenstein is the scenery. If you can get to the higher elevations the mountains are even more beautiful than when seen from the valley.
- The country is very crowded during the summer tourist season. Its limited road network and the short distances between sites slow down traffic and touring.
For more details about visiting Liechtenstein, visit the Principalities’ official tourism website.
For country facts on Liechtenstein, as well as travel information related to visas, driving rules, safety, medical conditions, visas and other travel-related information, see this page on Liechtenstein Travel from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. State Department. Regardless of your home country, we think you will find the information provided to be useful when planning a trip to Liechtenstein.