The sixth-smallest country in the world (and fourth-smallest in Europe), Liechtenstein is sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria in the heart of the Alps. The western side of the double-landlocked principality lies in the Rhine Valley, while the eastern half is covered in more mountainous terrain. While there aren’t any official Cultural Routes running through Liechtenstein, the micro-nation’s 11 municipalities are connected by the 75-kilometre Liechtenstein Trail, which highlights 135 of the most historical sites, from Vaduz Castle above the capital city to medieval Gutenberg Castle in the southernmost municipality of Balzers. Liechtenstein is part of the Alpine macro-regional strategy, which tackles challenges like climate change and economic globalization so future generations can enjoy the rich biodiversity and natural beauty of the Alps—the water tower of Europe. Other countries in the Alpine region like France and Italy are part of the Iter Vitis route, and while the wine route doesn’t extend to Liechtenstein, visitors can still experience a taste of the country’s wine culture at the 400-year-old Prince of Liechtenstein Winery in Vaduz.
How to get there?
Liechtenstein doesn’t have its own airport, but visitors can fly into one of the three international airports—Zurich (Switzerland), St. Gallen–Altenrhein (Switzerland), or Friedrichshafen (Germany)—all within an hour’s drive. If you’re traveling by trail, arrive in Sargans, Buchs or Feldkirch, which connect to Liechtenstein by bus (one of the easiest ways to explore the region).