Vaduz

24 Hours in Liechtenstein

24 Dec 2019
Is 24 hours enough time to experience Vaduz? That is a very silly question, 24 hours is not enough time for anything after all, but time is money and money is time. We’re not entirely sure what that has to do with travel, but you might get the idea. You can cover plenty of ground in the capital of Liechtenstein in just one day.

Morning

What better way to start the day than with a spot of cardio! We’re not talking about jogging, although you are more than welcome to do that. Vaduz Castle is the main attraction in the capital and it sits high above the city like some sort of overprotective parent. Which, we suppose, it is. You can’t actually enter the castle but a walk up to the walls is an absolute must, for the best picture and for some quite incredible views.

The walk from American Bagel & Coffee Co. (our favourite place to start the day) to the castle takes about 20 minutes, depending on your enthusiasm and energy, with a number of fascinating spots and views along the way. You’ll get an idea for just how wine-centric this place, as everyone with a little bit of land seems to have used it for a bit of plonk. We approve.

With the castle done, head back down to town and check out the Postage Stamp Museum, one of our favourite unusual museums in Europe. The Liechtenstein stamp has long been one of the most coveted stamps going, and the museum tells the story of the country’s postal independence. Well worth a look, trust us.

Afternoon

We’ve mentioned wine already so that must mean it is time to drink some of the stuff, right? Head from the city centre towards some royal cellars and vineyards, gorgeous wine cultivation courtesy of those in charge. The Princely Wine Cellars are an absolute must for oenophiles, although do organise a tasting ahead of time. The vineyards are free to stroll around though and are just about as serene as this place gets.

On your way to the cellars you’ll saunter past the so-called Red House, one of the most famous pieces of architecture in Vaduz. This 14th century charmer is found in Mitteldorf, the old part of the city, and is undoubtedly the town’s most picturesque building. Stop to take a photo or five before heading back towards the centre of town and the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, the best art gallery in this teeny tiny country. The building itself is intriguing, but the royal collection of modern and contemporary art takes some beating.

Evening

What to do when the sun goes down? Relax, let the hair down, sample some more Vaduz wine, you know the drill by now. Torkel is a great culinary option for those looking to eat while visiting the Princely Wine Cellars, but we recommend giving the famous Adler a look. One of the oldest inns in the city, this early 20th century establishment is family-run and full of flavour. The central location is also a great quality once nighttime arrives.

Vaduz isn’t the sort of city that is going to rival Berlin or Belgrade in the nightlife stakes, but neither should it be. This is a small but proud capital that is home to some seriously good wine and no small amount of beer, displaying the influences of its Central European neighbours on its sleeve, or in its bars in this case. So settle down, grab a glass, and enjoy your evening in this remarkable little place.

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