We took the 9:30-9:40 am train from Zürich and we were in Balzers, Lichtenstein by 10:40 am. A one-hour train ride isn’t bad at all!
We were a little surprised to find that upon arriving in Balzers that morning, there was really no one around. With only a population of around 4,600, it is a quiet little town and it was a rather dreary morning. But, this made it easy for us to get all the photos we wanted and to see the town peacefully. We were able to go at our own pace and we spent most of our time here!
We headed straight for the Gutenberg Castle. Dating back to the medieval period of the 12th century, the castle is now a museum. It is one of five castles in the country, but since it doesn’t serve as a residence to the princely family of Liechtenstein, it is open to the public. Although we didn’t go in, we did go to the top for the views!
To get there, we would trek through these beautiful vineyards. But first…
I couldn’t help but notice the path leading to the cute red table and chairs in the distance. If you’re a coffee drinker, how about that for a morning spot!
The grapes looked good!
The view of the vineyards from the top just before we got to the castle…
and the view on the other side with the chapel. So quaint!
St Peter’s Chapel
This is the path we had to take from the castle down to the chapel. Not sure why, but thoughts of enchanted forests and Disney princess movies were coming to mind here!
At the end of the little “enchanted forest” path, we found the chapel. I particularly love the steeple clock!
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Be sure to go inside, it’s free…
and hopefully, someone will be playing the pipe organ! Its sound was amazing!
After we finished up in Balzers, we hopped on the bus and took a 20-minute ride into the capital city of Vaduz.
This is the Old Building of Parliament. Notice its very unique roof with the chevron pattern!
The building on the right with the upside-down V-shaped roof is the New Parliament Building. If you look at the top of the photo, you will see the back of Vaduz Castle. It is the palace and residence of The Prince of Liechtenstein. For this reason, you can’t go inside, but you can go up to get photos of the views of the city; however, we didn’t do this because it was unfortunately very cloudy at that time. Thank you to @kevinandamanda for this photo!
Lunch at New Castle
We had lunch at New Castle. You can look up from New Castle and also see Vaduz Castle!
They offered a daily choice of two menus that both included soup or salad…
and then an entree. Obviously, I went with the spaghetti! Both it and the soup were fantastic!
After we finished lunch, I grabbed the usual items I collect on my travels which include such things as Christmas ornaments (or things I can use as Christmas ornaments-see below for other interesting items). On the way, I passed these steps that lead to the New Parliament Building. I found them interesting because I feel like it’s one of those things where if you stare at it for 30 seconds or longer, you will see something else pop out! That could just be me though. 😉
After souvenir shopping, we caught the bus back to the train station and the train back to Zürich where we still had a few hours to explore before sunset!
Last Thing…or Things
- The Swiss Travel Pass from Rail Europe will cover travel into Liechtenstein.
- You don’t actually need your passport to travel between Switzerland and Liechtenstein because they are both Schengen states. Definitely bring it though because you will most likely need to present ID with your ticket once on the train.
- You don’t get a passport stamp when crossing from one Schengen state into another, but you can visit the Tourist Center in Vaduz and get a souvenir passport stamp for 3 Swiss Francs or 3 Euro. If you’re like me and you collect passport stamps, this is golden! You can also purchase postage stamps there too (another thing I collect).
This photo sums up how I felt about my day in Liechtenstein!
Day trips like this are easy and fun and I’m grateful to have had the chance because, if I’m being honest, I’m not sure when I would have otherwise gotten to see Liechtenstein!
Be sure to check out my other day trip from Zürich to Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls!
‘Til next time…