Lichtenstein may be small, but don’t underestimate its hiking potential. The long-distance Lichtenstein Trail takes you through all 11 of this small country’s districts, revealing its wealth of culture and long history.
Ahead of you lie 46 miles (75 km) spread over five stages. Each hike reveals exciting stories about the region, affords panoramic views, and offers picturesque picnic spots. You can use the new "LIstory" app to teach you more about the region as you go.
Your multi-day hike begins in Balzers, a village in the south of Liechtenstein. From there, you Triesenberg and Vaduz municipalities, and on to Nendeln and Ruggell villages. After creating unforgettable memories and taking some impressive photos, you finally arrive in Schaanwald on the Austrian border. You can start your hike along the Liechtenstein Trail from any village and walk the route in either direction.
To ensure your adventure runs smoothly, you should book accommodation in the stage destinations in good time. This allows you to relax upon arrival and enjoy the cultural offerings in the historic villages and municipalities.
So, pack some snacks and water in your rucksack and keep your camera handy at all times. You can look forward to a wonderful hike through Liechtenstein.
The first stage of the Liechtenstein Trail begins in the extreme south of the principality. On 15.5 kilometers, it takes you through one or the other dreamy village, teaches you interesting facts about the history of Liechtenstein and lets you get to know alpacas, the furry inhabitants of the region.For the time being, from the starting point of the tour you hike towards Gutenberg Castle, which towers high above Balzer. It is sure to catch your eye when you arrive. If you do not take a detour and want to see the high medieval building up close, you pass it and continue to stroll through the municipality of Balzers. After some time on the Alte Römerstraße you come to Triesen, which was long known for its cotton weaving mill.You climb up a steep path to the St. Mamerten chapel. Where it is placed was once the castle of the Knights of Trisun. It is worth stopping for a while, enjoying the view and unpacking provisions - if you have brought them with you.The next climb is already well strengthened. It goes up to the Walser village of Triesenberg, which, at around 900 meters, is the highlight and at the same time the destination of your first Liechtenstein Weg stage. Here you can find accommodation for the night and at the same time get smart about the village. Because it has a long history ...
Woken up in Triesenberg today is stage 2 of the Liechtenstein Trail. From the beautiful Walser village, it leads you through the dreamlike landscape of the region, past one or the other historical setting to the main town of Vaduz in Liechtenstein.From the heart of Triesenberg, you hike warm in a relatively cozy way before the route climbs a little and leads you to the Profatscheng farmstead. The listed huts are not only beautiful to look at - up here you also have a wonderful view of the Rhine Valley. Then you follow a steep downhill forest path to the Schalun castle ruins. Not only because of the view, which is also unique here, but above all because of the benches and barbecue areas, this is a great place to take a break.Then the path becomes flatter again, soon bears the catchy name "Quadretschaweg" and lets you catch a glimpse of Vaduz Castle, which you can only marvel at from the outside. With the free app "LIstory" you can at least take a virtual look at his stately rooms. You continue to hike towards it, finally over the narrow and steep Schlossweg past it and down into the traffic-free center of Vaduz.Stage 2 of the Liechtenstein Trail ends here. And you can end the day in the charming Vaduz center. Treat yourself to a night in one of the local hotels or a guest house and pay a visit to the famous museum mile. Stage 3 awaits you tomorrow.
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Stage 3 of the Liechtenstein Trail begins where stage 2 left off yesterday: In the heart of the lively town of Vaduz. Here it takes you a little further through the “Städtle” - along the museum mile to the government district, then on to the St. Florin Cathedral and the Rhine Bridge. Finally along the Rhine and through Alt-Vaduz to the Red House. From here you have the opportunity to take a last look at the proud castle of Vaduz. Then it goes first on a forest path, then on a flat path past several so-called "Rüfe" to the village center of Schaan.Shortly after Schaan, the path begins to climb to the height of the St. Elisabeth Monastery, becomes flatter for a short moment and then lets you master around 300 meters of altitude up to Planken. Once at the top in the smallest community in Liechtenstein, you have a wonderful view of the Rhine Valley and the Three Sisters Mountain Range. There is also a bench here - maybe it is time to take a break?Finally you climb a steep but beautiful mountain path down to Nendeln. Once in the village, the path leads you past the remains of a Roman estate. Then you have reached today's milestone. Find a nice place to stay and put your feet up first - tomorrow you have to master a good distance again.
It is time for stage 4 of your Liechtenstein way adventure. It begins in yesterday's destination Nendeln and leads you to Ruggell, the northernmost municipality of Liechtenstein.From your accommodation in Nendeln, you first walk past the local train station to the center of Eschen. Once there, the path begins to climb slightly and takes you via Güdigen to Aspen and from there back to Eschner Zentrum. It goes uphill again and in the meantime also past the Rofenberg chapel. A little later, at Krest and on an idyllic section of the Historischen Höhenweg, you completed about half of your hike. Therefore, this promising place would be a good opportunity for a break.Then it goes downhill again to Bendern, past its historic church hill and down to the Rhine. Its bubbling and splashing accompanies you a bit. Finally, you turn off and reach the Grossabündt bathing lake, where you can cool off and supply yourself with delicacies from the kiosk.The final sprint is coming: From the bathing lake you hike further into the village center of Gamprin and then via a ferry path through the Kratzera forest to your today's destination Ruggell. The idyllic community at the foot of the Eschnerberg is happy to welcome you for the night.
Today the last and longest stage of the Liechtenstein route is on the program. It takes you from Ruggell to Schaanwald - as always characterized by beautiful nature and historic buildings.In Ruggell you start with a relaxed walk along the Binnendamm. You will soon reach the Ruggeller Riet, a nature reserve with a proud size of 90 hectares. Thanks to its colorful flora and fauna, there is not only a lot to see here for nature lovers. After the flat Riet it gets more strenuous: You start with the climb to Schellenberg. On the way there are two ruins waiting for you. First that of the Lower Castle, which does not leave you amazed.After you have passed the Schellenberg center, you hike to Hinterschellenberg - always close to the Austrian border. On beautiful days you can enjoy a wonderful panorama as far as Lake Constance. Then it goes into the forest and on a narrow hiking path up to the Upper Castle Schellenberg. The old walls are impressive for young and old and also a perfect place for a rest. Because then it goes down a former smuggler path back down to Mauren, the parish church of which catches your eye from afar.There is a slight penultimate climb to Fallsgass and then down to the silk tree path. The mulberry trees that rise up here used to be used for silk production. We continue on flat Rietstraße to the bird paradise Birka, another predestined place for a break, then over the Maurer Riet and the Sparkplatz Schaanwald to the customs office on the border between Liechtenstein and Austria. This is your final milestone. Congratulations, you have successfully completed the Liechtenstein Way!