Liechtenstein - Where to Stay for first time travelers

Where to Stay in Liechtenstein for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

Liechtenstein is Europe’s 4th smallest country nestled amidst the majestic Alps. Called by many a magical European gem, it brimms with history, culture and natural beauty, disguising its small size. Prepare to be captivated by this small country’s grand allure, and feel how the fairy-tale landscapes meet dynamic modernity, creating a harmonious blend that defines Liechtenstein’s unique charm. The only thing left for you to do is decide where to stay in Liechtenstein to explore all its beauty.

The small villages are known for their narrow, cobblestone streets which lead directly toward the amazing mountain views. From the mediaeval majesty of Vaduz Castle to the modern look of the capital, Vaduz, Liechtenstein is truly a treasure box. The best part? It is capable of seducing both enthusiasts and modern-day adventurers.

So, if you’re eager to explore this European gem, let’s start to discover the magic that lies within the borders of Liechtenstein.

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. In this guide include the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to the Liechtenstein

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated April 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Liechtenstein for a first-time visit?

The answer is simple: Central Location – Vadus

Liechtenstein’s cultural heritage, its museums, festivals, and time-honoured customs, tell a century-old tale. In here, you’ll uncover the nation’s commitment to sustainability and its role as a global financial hub. After all, Liechtenstein is one of the best examples of countries that have witnessed tremendous progress. Therefore, it’s also one of those that deserve to be on everyone’s bucket list at least once in a lifetime.

Why do we recommend these areas?

Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, is one of the dreamiest places for an aspiring traveller. It stands as a testament to the seamless blend of old-world charm and modern energy- something I am sure you must feel. Lodged in the scenic Rhine Valley, this modest-sized capital is best known for its seducing charm.

Vaduz’s streets are, in fact, a mix of traditional Alpine architecture and modern structures. Strolling through will allow you to discover quaint shops and cosy cafes. The many art galleries invite you to explore them, providing a taste of both local craftsmanship and global influences.

The pedestrian-friendly layout makes it ideal for taking leisurely strolls, allowing visitors to soak in the ambience of Vaduz city at a relaxed pace. So, before I delve into the list of answers for where to stay in Liechtenstein, here are the places you must visit during your trip here:

  • Vaduz Castle
  • Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
  • Städtle
  • Liechtenstein National Museum
  • Vaduz Cathedral (St. Florin’s Cathedral)

At the heart of Vaduz, you’ll find the iconic Vaduz Castle. It’s located on the hill from where you will enjoy the lovely landscape. This medieval fortress, dating back to the 12th century, not only serves as the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein but also stands as a symbol of lasting history.

The Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is yet another place you can’t miss. After all, the museum stands as a witness to the unique artistic expression in the heart of Vaduz. Its focal point is the Sculpture Garden, but there are many artworks that are just as worth seeing. It’s best you start looking for Lichtenstein accommodation as soon as possible if you want to experience this all!

Städtle,” meaning “small town” in German, is a nickname for the historic centre of Vaduz. This charming district, with its cobbled streets and a blend of traditional Alpine architecture, forms the heart and soul of the place. Walking through will help you explore the local crafts and cosy cafes that line the streets.

The Liechtenstein National Museum, nestled in the heart of Vaduz, shows the principality’s rich cultural heritage. The building is a blend of historic architecture and contemporary design, giving it a unique look. The exhibits tell the story of Liechtenstein’s evolution from the mediaeval times to modern-day glory.

Vaduz Cathedral, known in the past as the Cathedral of St. Florin, is a significant religious landmark of Vaduz. It is dedicated to St. Florin, a Christian martyr. It has historical and spiritual importance and its distinctive blue onion-domed towers that stand out against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains are the notable features of the Cathedral itself.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Vaduz
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Hotel Oberland
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Landhaus Am Giessen Hotel
💎 Best Luxury HotelGorfion-das Familotel
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Residence Hotel
😎 Best for Groups: B-smart Motel Schaan
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Schaan-vaduz Youth Hostel
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Hotel Vaduzerhof By B_Smart
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Kloster by b-smart
👌 Safest Area: Vaduz

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Liechtenstein

If you’re wondering where to stay in Liechtenstein, below is a list of carefully picked-up accommodations that will be appropriate for whatever traveller you may be!

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

Liechtenstein is a small country, but it offers a range of family-friendly indoor and outdoor attractions and activities. There are many charming places for a family walk, an adventure playground designed for kids and areas for skiing and snowboarding in winter. What I recommend for families is to visit the capital city of Vaduz and the charming village of Triesenberg. And here’s why:

Vaduz

  • Very safe area for families
  • Unforgetful walk around Vaduz Castle
  • Visiting a local farm around Vaduz

Triesenberg

  • Suitable for hiking with your family
  • Local parks and great picnic areas
  • Snowboarding and snowshoeing

Handpicked accommodations for families

Vaduz Zentrum Meierhof, Vaduz

This Lichtenstein hotel offers mountain views and great accommodations. It is located 39 km from Salginatobel Bridge. Vaduz Zentrum Meierhof has free private parking, 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi. Some of the apartments have city views. There are 3 bedrooms, a living room, a well-equipped kitchen and 2 bathrooms in each apartment. There are also skiing opportunities in the vicinity of the hotel. The Kunst Museum is 1.4 km away and the nearest airport is St. Gallen-Altenrhein is 50 km away from the hotel.

Book Vaduz Zentrum Meierhof here

Enjoy your stay at Vaduz Zentrum Meierhof

Enjoy your stay at Vaduz Zentrum Meierhof

Hotel Oberland, Triesenberg

Hotel Oberland is located at 940 metres above sea level, surrounded by the mighty Alps. It offers a terrace with a great panoramic view of the Rhine Valley. The rooms are modern and cosy, with a shower or a bathtub. It is a self-service and self-catering hotel.

There is a small sauna area which is available free of charge, but only on request. This hotel is just a 10-minute drive from Vaduz and the same distance from the Malbun Ski Area. The golf course Bad Ragaz is not far. If you visit in Summer then it is good to know that the hiking and cycling trails start from the property. There is free Wi-Fi and on-site parking.

Book Hotel Oberland here

Hotel Oberland - Perfect for families

Family room at Hotel Oberland

 1.2 Couples

There are several reasons why Liechtenstein is an appealing getaway for couples. If you combine its natural beauties, rich culture and tranquil atmosphere perfect for leisurely walks, then you will enjoy it to the fullest. If you’re looking for where to stay in Liechtenstein with your loved one, the two most appropriate destinations are Vaduz and Malbun.

Vaduz

  • Stunning landscapes of the Alps
  • Wine tasting in the local wineries
  • Quaint streets and cosy cafes

Malbun

  • The secluded atmosphere and picturesque Alps
  • Winter sports and hiking trails
  • Luxurious accommodations

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Landhaus Am Giessen Hotel – Vaduz

Landhaus Am Giessen Hotel is one of the best hotels in Liechtenstein thanks to its convenient location. It’s within walking distance and just a short bus ride from the centre of Vaduz. It comes with free parking and free Wi-Fi. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and a balcony. Moreover, if you travel during summer, you’ll get to enjoy a superb buffet breakfast on the terrace.

Book Landhaus am Giessen here

Private room at Landhaus am Giessen

Relax and unwind at Landhaus am Giessen

Hotel Turna, Malbun

Hotel Turna is located at 1600 metres above sea level, at the edge of Malbun’s centre, next to the ski lift Sareis. Rooms have cable TV and free Wi-Fi. You’ll get to enjoy fine regional cuisine prepared by the owner himself, after which you can have an aperitif in the lounge bar. The wellness facilities include an aroma steam bath, a Finnish sauna and a big indoor swimming pool.

Book Hotel TURNA Malbun here

Single bedroom at Hotel TURNA Malbun

Have a pleasant stay at Hotel TURNA Malbun

1.3 Luxury traveler

If you’re wondering where to stay in Lichtenstein as a luxe traveller, we’ve got you covered! Liechtenstein caters to this group of travellers with their blend of sophistication and breathtaking landscapes. There are a few reasons why Vaduz and Malbun are perfect for luxury travellers. There are many accommodations that provide exclusive service and amenities that provide indulgent stays.

Vaduz

  • Restaurants with exquisite dining experiences
  • Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
  • Vaduz Castle
  • Exclusive shopping

Malbun

  • Exclusive accommodations with wellness and spa facilities
  • Winter sports in world-class style
  • Exclusive events and festivals

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Gorfion-das Familienhotel, Malbun

Gorfion-das Familotel is located in the centre of the quiet village of Malbun at 1600 metres above sea level. This family-friendly place offers stunning mountain views and a wellness area with an indoor pool, a sauna and a steam bath. You can use free-of-charge Wi-Fi.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. You can expect bathrobes and slippers. There is a very special offer of dishes in the hotel restaurant and diverse drinks in the bar. You can enjoy the 2 swimming pools, the spa and wellness centre.

Book Gorfion Familotel here

Gorfion-das Familienhotel, Malbun Kitchen

Relax at Gorfion-das Familienhotel, Malbun

Central by Residence Hotel, Vaduz

Located 40 km from Salginatobel Bridge, Central by Residence Hotel provides accommodation with free bikes, free private parking, a fitness centre and a terrace. There is also a restaurant within the hotel. It also offers a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free Wi-Fi. A minibar, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries and a desk are inside the rooms. Each room has a private bathroom, as few of which come with a balcony, too.

If you’re looking for a Liechtenstein accommodation that serves delicious breakfast, this place is for you. You’ll get to enjoy a continental, American or vegetarian breakfast in the morning before you go out to explore the city. Moreover, guests who like hiking, skiing and cycling will surely be delighted.
Dornbirn Exhibition Centre is 42 km from the accommodation and the Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts is 70 metres away. The nearest airport is St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport, 50 km from the hotel.

Book Central by Residence Hotel here

Experience comfort at Central by Residence Hotel

Central by Residence Hotel Lounge Area

1.4 Design-lovers

The combination of contemporary art and architectural diversity makes Vaduz an attractive answer to where to stay in Liechtenstein as a design traveller. Since there are more museums and galleries in Vaduz, it offers an outstanding visual experience for people who appreciate art.

Vaduz

  • Street art and Murals
  • Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
  • Boutique shops and Galleries

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Residence Hotel, Vaduz

Residence Hotel is one of the best Liechtenstein hotels, set in the pedestrian zone in the very heart of Vaduz, just below the Vaduz Castle. You can enjoy the stay in a well-equipped room or suite, which balcony overview of the castle and the Alps.

There is an on-site à la carte restaurant with international dishes offered to the guests, and a bistro serving snacks and drinks. You can relax after a busy day with a massage. The hotel also offers a car & bike rental and an airport shuttle.

Book Residence Hotel here

Private room at Residence Hotel

Enjoy your stay at Residence Hotel

Park Hotel Sonnenhof – Relais & Châteaux, Vaduz

Park Hotel Sonnenhof – Relais & Châteaux has a private park with panoramic views of the Alps, the Rhine Valley, Vaduz Castle, and the nearby vineyards. A modern, eco-friendly water cooling system keeps the whole building (including the rooms) cool during hot weather. It’s simply one of the best answers to where to stay in Liechtenstein if you’re looking for warmth and superior hospitality.

There is an indoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness centre. The hotel includes an award-winning gourmet restaurant. There are family rooms in this hotel which makes the stay more delightful if you travel with your family members.

Book Park Hotel Sonnenhof – Relais & Châteaux here

Personal space at Park Hotel Sonnenhof-Relais & Châteaux

Have a great time at Park Hotel Sonnenhof-Relais & Châteaux

1.5 Groups

Liechtenstein is a great destination for group travellers, because of the great combination of recreational and cultural activities. There are lots of group-friendly amenities even for groups with a diversity of demands. The best places for groups are:

Vaduz

  • Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
  • Scenic landscapes of the Alps and Rhine Valley
  • Cafes and Restaurants

Schaan

  • Industrial tours in Schaan
  • Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts
  • Dornbirn Exhibition Center

Handpicked accommodations for groups

B-smart motel Schaan, Schaan

Looking for the best Liechtenstein hotels to stay with your friends? The rooms in B-smart Motel Schaan include a private bathroom with a shower, a desk, and a flat-screen. Y Continental breakfast is offered daily. It is a non-smoking property. Skiing and hiking are the main activities that the guests can enjoy.

The location is great because it is only 37 km away from the Dornbirn Exhibition Center, and 5.5 km from the Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts.

Book b-smart motel Schaan here

Relax and unwind at b smart motel Schaan

Castle View Big Appartment, Vaduz

Castle View Big Appartment is an environmentally friendly accommodation in Vaduz with a great view of the castle. It is also very close to the Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts. It offers a balcony, private parking and a luggage storage room. The apartment includes a terrace, a living room and 3 bedrooms. There is a well-equipped kitchen, too, for those who are looking for Lichtenstein hotels where they can cook a meal on their own.

Book Castle View Big Appartment Vaduz Center here

Single bedroom at Castle View Big Appartment Vaduz Center

Have a pleasant stay at Castle View Big Appartment Vaduz Center

1.6 Solo-travelers

Are you a solo traveller looking for where to stay in Liechtenstein? Here, I’m sure you’ll have a delightful time. There are a variety of activities that you can enjoy. Visiting museums, exploring the shopping streets, long walks or relaxing in the local cafes is such a treat.

Vaduz

  • Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
  • Rhine Park and the Rhine Bridge
  • Local cafes and restaurants

Schaan

  • St. Laurentius Church
  • Schaan City Gate
  • The artificial lake Reschensee near Schaan

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Zimmer im Vaduz FL,Vaduz

The one-bedroom offers a flat-screen TV, equipped kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower. A fireplace in the accommodation will add to your cozy feeling.
The colder months are perfect timing to enjoy the winter sports in the surrounding area.

The accommodation has a great location and the Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts is 2.5 km away, while the nearest airport St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport, is 47 km from Zimmer im Vaduz FL.

Book Zimmer im Vaduz FL here

Relax and unwind at Zimmer im Vaduz FL

Have a great time at Zimmer im Vaduz FL

Schaan-vaduz Youth Hostel, Schaan

Schaan-vaduz Youth Hostel is an extraordinary place to stay. You have the view view of the entire countryside all around to enjoy your breakfast. There are rooms and dormitories with shared bathrooms. In summer, Barbeque food is served outside. Moreover, it’s only 300 m away from the bus stop and 3 km away from the Ràfis-Burgerau train stop is the perfect location. The area is great for skiing and cycling, perfect for the adventurer traveller.

Book Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel here

Experience comfort at Schaan Vaduz Youth Hostel

Have a wonderful stay at Schaan Vaduz Youth Hostel

1.7 Nightlife Traveler

I will again mention Vaduz and Schaan for the nightlife birds, because of the good selection of cosy bars, pubs and other venues. The nightlife is not as in larger European cities, but is still interesting, making it one of the best answers to where to stay in Liechtenstein.

Vaduz

  • Café am Platz
  • Cube Club Vaduz
  • Wunderbar and the diverse drink menu

Schaan

  • Café Fröhlich
  • Gasthaus Krone
  • Hotel Linde

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Hotel Vaduzerhof By B_Smart, Vaduz

Hotel Vaduzerhof By B_Smart is a self-check-in hotel with private parking, and rooms with a private bathroom and TV. You can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The mountain views and a sun terrace are relaxing spots in this accommodation.

Book Hotel Vaduzerhof by b-smart here

Private room at Hotel Vaduzerhof by b smart

Enjoy your stay at Hotel Vaduzerhof by b smart

Royal Apartment 02, Schaan 

Royal Apartment 02, with mountain views, offers 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, free parking, and Wi-Fi. It is spacious and in a great location.

Book Royal Apartment 02 here

 Royal Apartment 02, Schaan 

Royal Apartment 02, Schaan Living Room

1.8 For the Budget Traveler

For a budget traveller, I understand how challenging it can be to travel to one of the wealthiest countries in the world. However, with careful planning and some budget-friendly strategies, it’s still possible to experience the beauty of Liechtenstein without breaking the bank.

Schaan

  • Exploring the picturesque surrounding
  • Picnics and hiking
  • Community Events

Triesenberg

  • Hiking trails
  • Local cafes and bakeries
  • St. Joseph Church

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

Kloster by b-smart, Schaan

Kloster by b-smart is located in Schaan, only 38 km from Dornbirn Exhibition Centre, this Liechtenstein hotel provides accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. Guests can enjoy a vegetarian or a vegan breakfast. Activities like hiking, skiing and cycling are perfect choices. The Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts is only 4 km away.

Book Kloster by B-Smart here

Own bedroom at Kloster by b smart

Relax and unwind at Kloster by b smart

Restaurant Kulm, Triesenberg

Restaurant Kulm is located in the centre of Triesenberg, a picturesque mountain village. It has a view of Rhein Valley. The rooms are decorated in the traditional Walser style. Each has a TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms also have a balcony. Free parking and Wi-Fi are available.

As a bonus enjoyment, you are offered selected specialities and wine from the wine cellar.

Book Hotel Restaurant Kulm here

Make yourself at home at Hotel Restaurant Kulm

Enjoy your time at Hotel Restaurant Kulm

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Liechtenstein

Vaduz

Vaduz is the smallest capital in the world, which doesn’t stop it from being the best answer to where to stay in Liechtenstein. It is nestled in the Rhine Valley and it serves as a residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. With its blend of history, culture and stunning landscapes, it offers a unique experience in the heart of the Alps.

Schaan

Schaan is the largest municipality in Liechtenstein. It is known for its industrial activities, charming ambiance and vicinity to Vaduz. The combination of industrial activity, cultural richness and natural beauty makes it a distinctive and important part of Liechtenstein

Triesenberg

Triesenberg is a picturesque mountain village in Liechtenstein known for its stunning alpine landscapes, traditional architecture, and rich cultural heritage.

Malbun

Malbun is a landscape-rich Alpine resort village located in the principality of Liechtenstein. Known for its breathtaking mountain scenery and outdoor recreational activities, Malbun offers a peaceful escape for visitors.

3. FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Liechtenstein?

The best neighborhood to stay in Liechtenstein is Vaduz. As the capital and the smallest capital in the world, Vaduz offers a unique experience nestled in the Rhine Valley. With a blend of history, culture, and stunning landscapes, it provides an ideal base for exploring the enchanting country.

Where should you not stay in Liechtenstein?

While Liechtenstein is a relatively safe and small country, there isn't a specific neighborhood that is considered unsafe. However, travelers should be mindful of their preferences and interests when choosing accommodations. If seeking a vibrant nightlife, Vaduz or Schaan may be more suitable, while those looking for a quieter experience may prefer Triesenberg or Malbun.

What should I avoid in Liechtenstein?

Liechtenstein is a peaceful and welcoming country, but visitors should be aware of local customs and regulations. Avoid littering or disturbing the pristine natural environment, and be respectful of the cultural heritage. Additionally, adhere to any rules or guidelines provided by the accommodations and follow general etiquette in public spaces.

Where should I stay in Liechtenstein for the first time?

For first-time visitors, Vaduz is the recommended neighborhood to stay in Liechtenstein. As the capital, it offers a seamless blend of old-world charm and modern energy. Stroll through its pedestrian-friendly layout, explore traditional Alpine architecture, visit landmarks like Vaduz Castle and Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, and enjoy the local shops and cafes for an immersive introduction to the country.

4. MAP + All Sights

Ready to dive into Liechtenstein’s hidden gems? Our map section is your ultimate sidekick, pointing you toward the coolest spots to crash in this tiny but mighty city. Whether you’re dreaming of a cozy alpine lodge, a swanky city pad, or a peaceful countryside escape, we’ve got you covered.

5. Summary where to stay in Liechtenstein

With these suggestions on where to stay in Liechtenstein, you’re bound for an amazing experience!

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