SWISSbuckling to Europe Pt XIII – Vaduz

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Liechtenstein

Armed with the knowledge gleaned from Bettina and Christian, we set off for Vaduz after the fabulous breakfast. Our Swiss Pass had expired and we needed to buy an one-way bus ticket (4.80 CHF) from Eschen to Vaduz. That must be the most expensive public transportation that I had ever taken.

The first place that we visited was Liechtenstein Center, the tourist information centre which was closed when we were there the day before.

Liechtenstein Center

Liechtenstein Tourism offers visitors the option of getting Liechtenstein Adventure Pass. There are three different duration: 1-day (18 CHF), 2-day (26 CHF) and 3-day (33 CHF). The 1-day pass was good enough for us and we also got the Liechtenstein souvenir stamp in our passports (3 CHF; free with the pass).

We decided to make the Prince’s vineyard our first place to visit. It was around ten minutes’ walk away from Liechtenstein Center.

Side entrance

The different types of grapes

I swore that the prince waved at us from Vaduz Castle.

Vaduz Castle in the background

Rows of grapes

Close-up on the grapes

Building

Open

One could get two glasses of free wine with the Adventure Pass; despite that it was still morning, we reasoned that it was already afternoon in Asia and therefore not too early to start drinking.

Liechtenstein’s finest for sale

The not-particularly-friendly staff poured us two glasses of whites first.

Nice ambiance

Wine cellar

We were no wine connoisseurs but anything free is nice

As much as we would want to bring some back home, the thought of lugging the bottles across several countries put an end to such thoughts.

Nice packaging

Reds

After the wines, we took the bus back to Vaduz Post. We walked around the area and visited the museums whose entrance fees were included in Liechtenstein Adventure Pass.

Post Museum (free entry):-

Post Museum

Städtle 37

Entrance

Beside Mr Postman

Old photos

Old photos

Strangely we couldn’t buy postcards there and were directed to the post office located opposite the museum.

Liechtenstein National Museum (8 CHF)

Liechtenstein National Museum

We were required to show our pass before we could proceed to view the exhibitions. The most interesting exhibition for me was the one on the relationship between Liechtenstein and Nazi Germany in the years leading up to World War II. However it was too dark to take any photographs inside.

Miniatures

Miniatures

Heading upstairs to exhibition on natural history

Faux antelope heads

All the explanations for the natural history exhibition were in German though.

Stuffed animals

Meow

Wild boar

Beaver

Deer

Exhibition on sustainable architecture in the Alps

Made use of card boards to showcase the finalists of the competition

We crossed over to the other wing to view the permanent exhibition on the history of Liechtenstein. Most of the exhibits were in German though.

Statues

Model of the original Vaduz Castle

Old map of Liechtenstein

Spades and hearts

Flag and coins

Heraldry

Eschen – 2007 (top) vs 1946 (below)

(Left) Hans Adam I, Prince of Liechtenstein – responsible for purchasing the lands which make up present-day Liechtenstein.

Hans Adam II, current Prince of Liechtenstein

Alois, current regent of Liechtenstein

Crown

Instrument manufactured in Liechtenstein

Kunstmuseum (12 CHF).

Entrance

Featured exhibition

Sushi place inside the museum

I snapped a picture before being told that photography was not allowed.

Sneaky pic

To be honest I wasn’t so much of an art person; if entry wasn’t free most probably I wouldn’t choose to visit.

This would be more interesting

Walking around Vaduz:-

Mobile library

Operated on honor system – anyone can take a book out

Central Vaduz – Town hall on the right and Castle on top

Posing with Liechtenstein flag

Fire hydrant with Vaduz’s coat of arms

Post box

It was lunch time by then and we decided to share a dürüm between us (10 CHF).

First (not the last) kebab of this Europe trip

Vaduz was a nice enough place to hang around for the morning but I couldn’t see how anyone could find things to occupy themselves beyond that. The poor weather didn’t help either; we would have headed out to Malbun to for Sareis chair lift if the skies were clear.

After our morning excursion to Vaduz, we headed back to Eschen on Bus 11.

Pass by University of Liechtenstein

Schaan

Passing through Liechtensteiner countryside

We stopped by a supermarket en-route back to our accommodation to pick up some supplies for our train journey later.

Funny

We chatted a bit with Bettina before collecting our bags and bidding her farewell. Our train to Salzburg would leave Feldkirch at 16:15.

Waiting for bus to Feldkirch

For the first time in Liechtenstein, there was an inspector on the bus and we were asked to show our passes. So they exist after all.

Crossing the border was an non-event. I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t saw the Swiss customs building.

Crossing over to Austria. Bye Liechtenstein!

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