If you happen to be visiting Switzerland, allot a portion of your itinerary to check out the nearby principality of Liechtenstein. This beautiful German-speaking country of breathtaking mountain scenery is often ignored by tourists. However, discerning visitors will find it a worthwhile trip, perfect for those looking for a quaint getaway amidst spectacular natural landscape.
You will not have to worry about your visa when entering Liechtenstein as long as you are allowed to enter Switzerland. You will not even be required to go through any customs and immigration procedures if you are entering from the Swiss border. Only an inconspicuous sign post will let you know that you are entering new territory. However, if you do wish to have a stamp on your passport to remind you of your visit, all you need to do is to visit the tourist office of the capital, Vaduz, to get it. Speaking of stamps, the country is also famous for its vibrant postage stamps, which makes for a great souvenir. So, make sure to buy some at the post office located just across the tourist office.
Vaduz is the country's capital and makes for an ideal base when exploring Liechtenstein. Although the capital doesn't boast of much when it comes to impressive architecture, the view of the surrounding Alps pretty much makes up for any lack in that department. Vaduz's structural highlight is the imposing Schloss Vaduz Castle that stands sentry from above the hill. Unfortunately, tourists are not allowed to explore its interior since the castle still remains the royal residence to this day. However, it is still worth going for an uphill walk to the castle entrance and stroll around its perimeter for the stunning vistas it affords of the cityscape below.
Vaduz is undoubtedly made for walking. You can explore the whole area in just a few hours by foot. Walk around its streets and take a look inside its museums such as the Postage Stamp Museum, the Ski Museum and the National Museum. Of course, you must not miss the biggest museum in the country, the KunstMuseum, which displays art works of the masters such as Van Dyck, Rubens and Rembrandt, among others.
Vaduz also boasts of several vineyards, which means that there are some good bottles of wine to savor while enjoying the city and surroundings. If you wish to learn more about Liechtenstein's wine-making industry and sample some of its best bottles, then a tour of the Prince's Wine Cellars is a definite must.
After you have explored Vaduz on foot, it is time to move on to your next destination. Avid hikers and winter sports enthusiasts should head out to the lovely resort of Malbun in the nearby mountains. It is the perfect place to go if you are up for some skiing and snowboarding action. The fact that it is cheaper and much less crowded than the neighboring Swiss and Austrian resorts makes the place even more appealing. However, if you are looking for an atmospheric setting that will take you back into the pages of history, then a 15-minute drive from Vaduz to the picture-perfect medieval Austrian town of Feldkirch is well worth your time.
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