From Lake Constance to Liechtenstein

We have given ourselves two months to become Liechtensteiners, or at least to know our new home so well that we can competently advise our guests. “We”, that is my husband Adrian, my two children, Nora and Len, and me, Isabelle. We have been running the youth hostel in Schaan-Vaduz since 1 April. Read about what we have already discovered here.

Swiss Youth Hostels

01.03.2021

We arrived in Schaan shortly before Christmas, moved into a flat and could hardly wait to visit the construction site. After all, quite some time had already passed since the topping-out ceremony in August 2020. I can tell you it was the perfect Christmas present: Just before sunset we reached the construction site and the “Three Sisters” mountain range was glowing in the evening sky behind the youth hostel. Whew, everything felt right. But now it was time to explore the surroundings and the culture.

AROUND SCHAAN-VADUZ

I prefer to go exploring on foot. And within a few days I had already gathered some tips:

From the youth hostel to Schaan Forest

The Schaan Forest lies at the foot of the Three Sisters. Here you can take the Fürstenweg, which leads from Schaan to Vaduz. If you continue to follow the Fürstenweg from Schaan to Vaduz, you will arrive at Vaduz Castle, where the princely family still lives today. While I would have liked to visit the prince, my children wanted to go to the Fuchs auf Dux – an educational forest trail with a forest playground and barbecue area.

Vaduz forest adventure trail

On the next excursion we checked out the Vaduz forest adventure trail Vaduz (tourismus.li). The beautifully designed trail is fun for the entire family, featuring exciting information panels. For Len, the highlight was the beehive display, Nora and I were fascinated by the newly built viewing platform. Heads up: You will only pass by it if you take the longer route.

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The Letzi viewing platform, image from Isabelle Meister

The Liechtenstein Trail

There is no way around it. Whether you like it or not. This is because the 75-km-long trail leads through Liechtenstein and all 11 municipalities of the country from the north to the south. We have already walked a few kilometres and as soon as the youth hostel is open, we will be there to keep you energised. Click here for the offer: The Liechtenstein Trail | Swiss Youth Hostels (youthhostel.ch)

Along the Rhine

Just cross the farm road from the youth hostel and you’re at the Rhine. Of course, this is ideal for bicycle and inline skate tours. But there are also beautiful trails for hikers. Or how about taking a run before breakfast? We’ll be waiting for you with coffee and muesli.

Ruine Schalun Liechtenstein Weg

Wildschloss castle ruin, image from Isabelle Meister

ADDITIONAL EXCURSION RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FAMILIES

Pump track in Balzers

Nora (7) was particularly enthusiastic about the pump track in Balzers. Len (3) was happy about the playground right next door and I was able to walk up to Gutenberg Castle from there.

Time Travel with Wurz and Zirp

Time Travel with Wurz and Zirp  is a loop trail on Schellenberg. However, we didn’t complete the entire route with the children because they were so impressed by the Upper Schellenberg Castle that we stuck around.

Grossabünt leisure centre in Gamprin

The centrepiece of the beautiful grounds is the swimming lake. But the leisure centre also has lots to offer on colder days: A sports facility, playground, pump track, sports equipment. A great destination if you are cycling the Rhine route.

Malbun

Liechtenstein’s charming ski resort is located 1600 m above sea level. Our skiing trip was a complete success. We are already looking forward to exploring the area in spring as well: Experiences include the birds of prey demonstration at the Galina falconry, archery, a detective trail and an explorer trail.

ON FIRST-NAME TERMS IN MY NEW HOME

As you can see, I am already totally thrilled with my new home. Visiting the capital Vaduz is yet another must-do. There is always something going on here. A wide selection of museums, and even shopping fans will get their money’s worth. And you can find really special, sustainable products in the Hoi Shop.  Speaking of “Hoi”. We haven’t noticed that many big differences from Switzerland yet, but one is substantial: The Liechtensteiners are on a first-name basis. I had my reservations at first, especially with older people, but when a stranger greets you on the street with a friendly “Hoi”, you can’t help but reciprocate. We feel super comfortable and find it simply wonderful here!

THE NEW SCHAAN-VADUZ YOUTH HOSTEL

What can you look forward to? A new, modern youth hostel in a quiet location. With a magnificent view of the Swiss Alps. Double room with shower/WC, family room with shower/WC and the multi-bed rooms are 4-6-bed rooms each with a washbasin. On the ground floor the spacious entrance area with reception and the restaurant are located. From here you have direct access to the terrace. There is a library and a games room for younger guests. We already have some ideas in mind for these rooms, so there is no chance of the kids getting bored.

Dogs are also welcome. Hiking trails are right on our doorstep and anyone cycling the Rhine route can stop by. To get you energised for the next day, there is always an extensive breakfast buffet, and in the evening my husband Adrian conjures up a three-course menu for you. Of course, this is also accompanied by a glass of Liechtenstein wine or some Schaan beer. We can’t wait to see you here.

Spielplatz Jugendherberge Schaan-Vaduz
In the city
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