Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are European neighbours that boast some of the best breathtaking views of the region. Before entering the territory of Liechtenstein, I spent much quality time at Swarovski Crystal World Museum in Wattens, which is about 2.5 hours from this German-speaking principality. While Liechtenstein is only a 25km-long realm, it’s medieval castles, alpine landscapes and serene villages appear to strongly draw its cultural, agricultural and architectural aspirations from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Vaduz, its capital is the chief torchbearer of the nation’s cultural and financial hub and is also home to modern galleries displaying contemporary art and Liechtenstein’s postage stamps. Lounging leisurely on the banks of the river Rhine, Liechtenstein is a country that is best enjoyed by a Tram ride. Although small, Liechtenstein has some of the best iconic sites worth taking a look. Here’s our pick!
Enjoy a Tram Ride in Liechtenstein
The best way to explore Liechtenstein is to take a tram tour to get introduced to it’s absolving charm. This vibrantly-red city train operates in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, and takes you on an inspirational journey from the Princely estates of the Royals to the countryside meadows cloaked in surreal beauty. The Städtlezug train ride lasts for 40-minutes and departs at 4.30 PM every day so make sure to book in advance and arrive at least thirty minutes in advance.
Visit the Gutenberg Castle
Gutenberg is Liechtenstein’s most-prestigious 12th-century Castle. Out of the five original castles, this is the only one that survived the fate of the furious. Situated 230 feet above ground level and on a lovely hilltop, this captivating castle depicts the Neolithic Period. Gutenberg Castle is where, the archaeologists also discovered the ‘Mars von Gutenberg’ statuette, which, is now preserved in the Liechtenstein National Museum. Gutenberg Castle is open to the public as a museum, and on Sundays, free access is granted to the castle’s rose garden and chapel.
Observe Modern Art at Kunstmuseum
The Kunstmuseum is Liechtenstein’s gallery of modern art presenting distinguished cultural and historical experiences. It categorically represents the national collection of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Thus not only, featuring extraordinary works of the classical modernism but also, the collection of 10-paintings that Liechtenstein received as a gift in 1967. Curated by Dr Georg Malin, a Liechtenstein art historian, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is now open to the public for visits.
Explore Gothic Styled Vaduz Cathedral
Built-in 18th-century by Friedrich von Schmidt, Vaduz Cathedral, is a neo-Gothic church of St. Florin. This church holds a significant place in Liechtenstein’s history as Prince Franz Joseph II, Princess Georgina, and Princess Elisabeth from the ruling monarchy were all buried here. Indeed a fascinating ancient castle worth exploring!
Liechtenstein National Museum
Another interesting place of visit in Liechtenstein is the National Museum exhibiting 42 rooms full of artefacts, portraying the nation’s culture, history, and landscape beauty. These 14th-century museum rooms towards the mountain slope are spread across three buildings and were once the custom-house, princely tavern, as well as, the seat of the government.
Take Pictures of Tre Cavalli
Last but not least, taking pictures of Tre Cavalli ( the three horses), a pre-Columbian art exhibiting bronze horse sculptures, is how you must end your Liechtenstein tour. These demonstrative horse statues by Swiss artist Nag Arnoldi represent the intertwined myth between the horse and the human, depicting joy, pain, and artistic influences of Pablo Picasso.