What It’s Like to Visit Liechtenstein — The 6th Smallest Country in the World

Liechtenstein, though one of the world’s tiniest nations, is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be uncovered. Sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria, this microstate is the sixth smallest country globally, but its grandeur is anything but tiny. With its breathtaking Alpine landscapes, rich cultural history, and warm-hearted locals, Liechtenstein is a testament to the age-old adage – size isn’t everything. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or someone searching for tranquility, Liechtenstein has something in store for everyone.


Nestled along the Rhine, Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein is a picturesque town, marked by art galleries, museums, and bustling squares.

Where to Stay:

The Park Hotel Sonnenhof, a distinguished member of Relais & Châteaux, is a luxurious haven nestled within verdant gardens. Boasting panoramic views of the Alps and Vaduz Castle, it is just a 15-minute walk from the Liechtenstein National Museum and a half-mile from Vaduz Castle. This family-operated sanctuary, set against the backdrop of nearby vineyards, combines a sleek room design and tranquil atmosphere, offering guests a unique escape in the heart of this tiny nation.

Where to Eat & Drink:

For dining, Restaurant Torkel is recommended as it offers an elevated culinary experience with panoramic views of the vineyards. Not to mention, it has one Michelin star. Wine enthusiasts can visit Hofkellerei and sip on a glass of wine while tasting the princely family’s vintages.

Where to Visit:

In Vaduz, visitors can marvel at the historical Vaduz Castle, which is home to the Princely family. They can also explore the Liechtenstein National Museum for a deep dive into the nation’s history. Another delightful activity is to stroll around the town center, soaking in the sculptures, and landmarks (like the famous Red House), and take a mini train ride around the city. It’s also possible to walk from Liechtenstein to Switzerland over the Alte Rheinbrücke (Old Rhine Bridge).


Set high in the Alps, Malbun is Liechtenstein’s winter wonderland. A magnet for skiing 

enthusiasts and nature lovers, this mountain village promises snowy slopes in winter and verdant hiking trails in summer, making it a year-round destination.

Where to Stay:

Located in the heart of the majestic Alps, the JUFA Hotel Malbun stands out for its blend of contemporary design and natural beauty. With its minimalist aesthetic, the hotel’s rooms feature light wood floors, walls peppered with muted gray tones, and striking black and white photographs showcasing the surrounding region. Accommodations vary from classic double rooms to suites equipped with bunk beds, catering to diverse traveler needs.

Where to Eat & Drink:

For meals, Gorfion Familotel Liechtenstein is an excellent choice where traditional recipes meet modern flair. Think classic Liechtenstein Käsespätzle and delicious salmon trout from Switzerland. To warm up, visitors can savor hot cocoa or mulled wine at one of the many mountain lodges dotting the landscape. 

Where to Visit:

Malbun offers various activities. In winter, one can hit the slopes, and during warmer months, hiking trails such as the Fürstin-Gina-Weg’ (Princess Gina Memorial trail) are available. For a panoramic view of the village, the Sareis Chairlift is a must-visit. 


Perched on a mountainside, Triesenberg offers enchanting views of the Rhine Valley below and the surrounding peaks. With a unique dialect and cultural practices, this town provides a deep dive into the Walser community’s rich history and traditions.

Where to Stay:

Nestled above the cityscape, Hotel Oberland is where modern simplicity meets timeless mountain charm. From here, guests are treated to sweeping views of Vaduz and the winding Rhine River below. The alpine warmth of the lobby and restaurant welcomes you, while the rooms, adorned in light wood and creamy tones, offer a tranquil retreat.

Where to Eat & Drink:

For an authentic dining experience, Restaurant Kulm is known for its regional dishes and welcoming ambiance (not to mention its impeccable views). It stands at an elevation of 2,887 feet above sea level and boasts a mountain landscape of the Rhine Valley. Another notable place for a hearty meal is Gasthaus Edelweiss, a favorite among locals and tourists. 

Where to Visit:

In Triesenberg, visitors can visit the Walser Museum to understand the local history and the Walser community’s heritage. Trekking enthusiasts can follow the trails surrounding the town, like the one leading to the stunning Gaflei viewpoint. Another highlight is the charm of the St. Joseph’s Parish Church, a testament to the town’s history.

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