Exploring one of the smallest countries in the world – Liechtenstein

Exploring one of the smallest countries in the world – Liechtenstein

In my previous post, I mentioned on how to get to Liechtenstein from Zurich. On today’s post, I will talk about the activities to do in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein!

Having dropped by the tourist centre, the staff suggested a few nearby museums that could be of interest to us – they were indeed interesting!

Museums Brochure

Schatzkammer Liechtenstein (Treasure Chamber) 

The treasure chamber consists of a collection of artefacts donated by private collectors and the princes of Liechtenstein. From paintings from life along the Rhine to Easter egg collections, this small museum is rich in history but is considerably one of the smallest museums I’ve ever been to. The entire collection is set-up in glass boxes within a dimly lit room and each item is carefully labelled with a number. One can learn more about the item from the navigation book provided at the entrance of the museum. Do note that each person will be given a token to enter the museum, and entry is by person (two-door security system).

Tip: If you intend to visit the Liechtenstein National Museum as well, you can deposit your bags at the Liechtenstein National Museum counter before getting your entry tokens there. As all museums do not allow large items to be brought in, you will need to deposit your items before being allowed entry.

Liechtenstein National Museum

Liechtenstein National Museum Stairwell

The Liechtenstein National Museum displays artefacts rich in history. It contains different sections – from nature to culture, this museum has various collections, with quite a number of temporary exhibitions. An audio headset can be requested for and the audio tour works for most of the exhibits. If you’ve been to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC or the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, you may find this museum underwhelming. However, if you would like to learn more on Liechtenstein’s history, this place is rich in it and is a sizable museum.

Postal Museum

This is the only museum with free entry among the three discussed today. Similar to the treasure chamber, this postal museum is very small but has a very extensive collection of postal stamps issued since 1912. Postal stamps are also showcased very neatly in the display cases. In fact, there was a description that said that the six display cases are so solid that they way an incredible 3,600 kg! Besides Liechtenstein’s stamps, the postal museum also has stamp books that collect stamps from other countries – Singapore included!

Thoughts

It was fun going to these museums as it gives a very quick overview of Liechtenstein and its rich history. We were also more willing to explore the museums as they were included in our Swiss Travel Pass – more information on the pass can be found here and you can purchase it from Klook using this referral link too. 

Liechtenstein makes a good destination for a one-day tour as you can sufficiently explore the area within a day. As the weather wasn’t in our favour during the trip, the museums also allowed us to stay dry in the pouring rain.

If you have a day to spare, and are looking to explore another country in Europe, Liechtenstein is definitely a good place to go to!

Getting to Liechtenstein from Zurich

Getting to Liechtenstein from Zurich

Just to the east of Switzerland lies the country of Liechtenstein. This small country has a population of just under 40,000 citizens and is one of the world’s richest countries per capita!

On a recent trip to Switzerland, my family and I decided to take a trip to Liechtenstein’s – Vaduz, but honestly speaking, there weren’t many sites that provided detailed information on the country and on how to get there. Hence, here’s a quick guide on the most straight-forward way on getting there by public transport and some tips!

  1. From Zurich Main Station, hop on the train that is in the direction of Chur. Train runs pretty regularly in hourly intervals and the journey is just under an hour.
  2. Get off at the second stop – Sargans
  3. Walk towards bus stop – Sargans, Bahnhof, Stand B
  4. Take bus 12E in the direction of Vaduz – Post. This bus ride brings you across the border from Switzerland to Liechtenstein. This friendly border is peppered with some flags on each side that is seemingly not heavily guarded. 
  5. Get off at the terminal station
From Sargans to Vaduz

Liechtenstein is a very quiet country, and the directions to Vaduz provided above brings you to the ‘touristy-centre’ of the capital. Here, you can drop by the Centro de información turística de Liechtenstein, or essentially, the Tourist Information stop where you can request for a tourist map that plots the various attractions in Vaduz. 

More information to come on the various attractions I visited during the trip soon!