A Perfect Day Trip to Vaduz, Liechtenstein with Kids

 The babies enjoying their day in Vaduz

The babies enjoying their day in Vaduz

When I first booked our tickets to Europe, I began looking at what path we would take to get from Milan to Paris.  I knew we wanted to spend ample time in Switzerland, so as I planned our route I noticed a tiny little country to the East.  Liechtenstein.  For someone who travels a lot, you may be surprised that I didn't even know this little place existed, but alas, I did not.  I immediately started looking up how to get there, what to see and became adamant we make a journey there work.

Fast forward about 10 months and we were on our way.  Our day in Vaduz ended up being one of my favorite days of the entire 21 day trip.  This little country is a must-see on your European journey.


How we got there:

Our first home base in Switzerland was Zurich.  Since we had the 8-day consecutive rail pass, we were able to ride public transport and all the trains in Switzerland without additional charge.  We caught a tram from our apartment to the train station, then hopped on a quick 1-hour morning train from Zurich to Sargans.  Once in Sargans, we made our way over to the bright green buses just across the street from the train station.  We then boarded the bus headed to Vaduz. (Bus #11)  I had read before we left that the buses were going to be green, so they were easy to spot and my confidence made it look like I was a super savvy Liechtenstein traveler.  The bus only took about 30 minutes and boom, we were in the capitol city of this amazingly underrated country.  OH, our bus ride was FREE because of our Swiss Pass.  Liechtenstein and Switzerland have an agreement, so they accept Swiss rail passes on their public transit as well -- another huge win in my book.


What to Do:

 Having a snack and absorbing her 12th country traveled

Having a snack and absorbing her 12th country traveled

Visitors Center (Städtle 39, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein):

Your first stop will be the Tourist Information Center.  Hop off the bus, cross the street and walk behind the post office.  There you will be able to get a free map of Vaduz as well as get your passport stamped for 2.5 CHF.  We definitely got the kid's passports stamped because we are the most basic travelers ever.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jimmy wearing Latham and walking with Charletta up to the castle

Jimmy wearing Latham and walking with Charletta up to the castle

Hike to the Castle:

The hike to Vaduz Castle is all uphill, so be ready for that.  However, our 3 year old hiked the entire way on her own two feet, so if she can, you can.  When you grab your map from the Tourist Information Center, they can mark the hike for you.  It's extremely easy to find the entrance (follow the same road the entire time).  There is an incredible overlook just before you reach the castle -- stop here for photos.  You can continue up to the castle, BUT you can not tour the castle, so keep your expectations to an outside gaze.  We walked up to the castle regardless to see it up close.  

 

Prince of Liechtenstein Winery (Feldstrasse 4, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein:

The Prince of Liechtenstein Winery was absolutely the highlight of our day.  We stopped in and had a private wine tasting.  They welcomed us and our children; even provided coloring books and grape juice for our 3 year old.  The woman working explained each wine, answered all of our questions and was extremely freindly. The wine is fantastic.  We were able to taste 5 different wines for 10 SCHF a person.  We ended up choosing to buy 2 bottles of one of their reds and we mailed them home.  They were priced nicely at only 20 CHF per bottle.  After our tasting, we spent a lot of time in the vineyard taking photos, laying around and just taking in the most beautiful views ever. From the vineyard you can see the Swiss Alps, the Vaduz Castle and the gorgeous Liechtenstein countryside.

 We brought home 2 bottles of this delicousness 

We brought home 2 bottles of this delicousness 

 Relax!  It's delicious grape juice!

Relax!  It's delicious grape juice!

City Train (Rathausgasse 1, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein):

There is a little train that will take you on a 35-minute tour of the entire capitol city.  This is a perfect way to get to see the highlights, get oriented and save your feet.  If we had a second day in Vaduz, I would have definitely hoped on this tour.  The tours go at 1PM and 430PM each day. Costs: 10.50 CHF per adult, Children 4-16 5 CHF and Children under 4 are free.  

Stamp Museum (Städtle 37, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein):

For any stamp collectors or lovers of the postal system, this is a great stop.  The Stamp Museum is located a few doors down from the visitors center.  We did not tour this museum, but we did walk inside.  It looks pretty big and is free to walk through.  Open from 10AM-5PM daily.

 Pro tip: We didn't want to hike with our stroller, so we dropped it off for free at the kunstmuseum storage area.

Pro tip: We didn't want to hike with our stroller, so we dropped it off for free at the kunstmuseum storage area.

Kunstmuseum (9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein):

The Kunstmuseum is a museum of modern and contemporary art. The day we visited this museum was closed for a private event.  We were able to use their storage lockers and bathrooms though.  Even when the museum is closed, the cafe is open, so you can pop in for a cappuccino or lunch.  Costs: Adults - 15 CHF, Kids under 16 are Free  Open Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-5PM, Thursday 10AM-8PM

 

 

 

 

 

 We snagged a photo of the cathedral before we caught our bus back to zurich.

We snagged a photo of the cathedral before we caught our bus back to zurich.

Cathedral of St Floren (St. Florinsgasse 15, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein) :

Vaduz Cathedral is located near the bus stop for your return back to Sargans.  We only viewed the cathedral from the outside, but it's worth the look.  The backdrop is highlighted by mountains and the Vaduz Castle.


Where to Eat:

Brasserie Burg (Städtle 15, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein):

We stopped at this restaurant after hiking back down from the castle.  The food was delicious. The kids shared a pizza, we had burgers and salads.  We all enjoyed some delicious Liechtenstein beer.  The staff, however, left a lot to be desired.  They did provide a nice highchair for the baby, but asked us to clean it before we left.  They were quite upset that we let him eat directly from the tray instead of a plate....he was 17 months old.

Prince of Liechtenstein Winery (Feldstrasse 4, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein:

The Vineyard also has a restaurant.  We did not eat here, but if I ever find myself in Liechtenstein again, I will eat here.  The dining room looked pretty fancy and the MENU looks delicious.  The staff was extremely friendly, so I guarantee children would be welcome.  PLUS, you'd get to have a couple more glasses of their delicious wine before heading home.


 The overlook on the Castle hike must not be missed!

The overlook on the Castle hike must not be missed!

Overall, you shouldn't miss Liechtenstein.  If you're a long term traveler, plan to stay in the country for several days or a week.  There are other cities to explore and so much hiking.  I would love to go back for a dedicated trip to this wonderfully relaxing country.

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