Detox weekend in the mountains and country full of cute castles. Have you been to Vaduz or in Liechtenstein? No? Then you really should 🙂
It is Europe’s 4th smallest country and about 160 square kilometres big with a population of 37,877. So easily to discover in one day 🙂 Liechtenstein is a semi-constitutional monarchy and still headed by the Prince of Liechtenstein.
What to do in Liechtenstein?
City tour – Walk around the city and enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the cute cafes. Maybe you are lucky and there is a Christmas market or farmers market at that time, depending on what time of the year you travel to Vaduz. 🙂
Vaduz Castle – Unfortunately the public is not allowed to enter the castle, since its the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. But still worth to hike or drive up the mountain and to look over the pretty castle and small city.
Castle of Gutenberg – The castle is located on a hill near the centre of the town of Balzers and you can access it by foot via the “Burgweg”, which is a short road up the hill. Even on a rainy day, the views from the top of the little hill are lovely. 🙂 Unlike the Vaduz Castle, this one is not a residence of the princely family of Liechtenstein and is open to the general public as a museum. Unfortunately, when we were there it was somehow closed, so maybe check before online the hours. Grape vine are planted everywhere on this little hill. Definitely coming back in late summer to enjoy a couple glasses of wine and watch the scenery ;)!
Wine cellars of the Prince of Liechtenstein “Hofkellerei” – The climate is ideally suited for wine production. The hot and dry wind during the summer months aids cultivators by having a sweetening effect. Several places in the country offer wine tastings, but the most notable one is the “Hofkellerei” , which are the wine cellars of the Prince of Liechtenstein. For 4 glasses of tasting, we paid 9 CHF, including crackers =P We tried four different wines, sparkling, sweet white wine, lighter red wine and a dark heavy red wine. Since I prefer red wine, my favorite were the last too ones. Of course we had to buy a bottle and went for the “Pinot Noir” since this wine is not getting exported.