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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 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.
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.
The not-particularly-friendly staff poured us two glasses of whites first.
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.
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):-
Strangely we couldn’t buy postcards there and were directed to the post office located opposite the museum.
Liechtenstein National Museum (8 CHF)
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.
All the explanations for the natural history exhibition were in German though.
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.
Kunstmuseum (12 CHF).
I snapped a picture before being told that photography was not allowed.
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.
Walking around Vaduz:-
It was lunch time by then and we decided to share a dürüm between us (10 CHF).
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.
We stopped by a supermarket en-route back to our accommodation to pick up some supplies for our train journey later.
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.