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Schaan-Vaduz Train Station

So it's not yet even 8am, I'm feeling the lack of sleep, and I arrive at Schaan-Vaduz. Liechtenstein was a beer fueled insparation, a couple of Fridays before I left that still seemed a good idea the following morning. Maybe not now :-O. It was raining and the cloud was down to the base of the mountains.

I just got the notion to go, it was in the news in the UK a few weeks ago concerning the tax dodging, and it is one of theses places everyone has heard of, but doesn't know anyone that's been. Well I was here now, didn't have that much time, so I might as well make the most of it. Coming out of the station headed up towards the town centre of Schaan. Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein but runs right into the next town of Schaan, though Leichtenstein does extend further up the valley .

Clock Tower

First thing that struck me was the amount of traffic :-O . There were four private security people doing points duty at the crossroads of the main road, and there seemed to be a lot of heavy lorries. The second thing that stuck me was that there was my hotel :-) and I went in and chanced it and although I wasn't expecting to get checked in I was able to dump my rucksack (again thanks to Danikbates I knew it was a bit of a hike into the centre of Vaduz). 

Although I was tired I knew I was just going to have to push through it, and having got rid of the bag felt OK. Set off along the main road and kept looking up to the hills and the cloud that covered them getting brief glimpses of jagged peaks, but always knowing I wasn't seeing what it was really like.

Hills
Still looked great in a Hammer House Of Horror eerie way. Still worth taking lots of pics. Soon reached the town limits of Vaduz and was soon able to see the Schloss(castle) on the hill.

As I appraoached the town centre I saw a sign for the RheinStadion, and being into football decided to head down to check out where Liechtenstein play there international games. They don't use it when they are playing the bigger nations, or countries that will bring a large travelling support( they move the game to Switzerland usually), but while I was waiting at the reception desk I noticed the guestbook had been signed by folk from Finland who had been over for a game. The stadium was small and basic, and to be honest even here in Scotland we have 3rd Division clubs with better stadiums,but they are from towns with a population of over 34,000.

Vaduz City Limits
 

I now found myself on the banks of the Rhein and decided to walk up along the side of the river and soon came to a covered wooden bridge. The road beside it had a roundabout with a sign pointing to Switzerland, so I figured the river must be the border and decided to go through the bridge. Right in the middle of the bridge I found a sign that marked the border :-) . I love places like that where you can physically jump from one country to another ( might just be me though).

When that had amused me enough I walked down the raod and found myself coming back into Vaduz from the other side. Headed into the centre and found the Tourist Information where I had been reliably informed you can get your passport stamped for a fee (no gueses now for who told me :-D ) .

Entering Town
Around the rest of the centre there are a lot of statues, they seem big on that, though some of them are quite bizzare.

The cloud had cleared a little, but it still wasn't what I had expected to see. Eventually I decided to go back to the hotel and check in and walked the 4km back,well I wasn't doing anything else that day. Rooom wasn't that great, but went for a couple of hours sleep and then got the bus back into Vaduz and went for something to eat in a wee pizza place. There really wasn't anything to keep you there and after a short walkabout decided to have an earlyish night and go back to the hotel. I was already onto HQ to find out the best way out and had decided on the 8-05am out of Buchs SG, rather than the 10-13 InterCity. Got back to the hotel, and decided to have a couple more beers, but at 11pm thye came round and hit you with the bill.

Schloss
Went up to the room and for the first time ever actuallly hit the minibar in the room, all two bottles of beer that were in it.

With an early start planned I thought it best ot get up early :-D and was up at 6-45 (and I was :-O ) . Showered, packed what little I had to and checked out. Stepped outside and looked up at the hills and the clouds had lifted completely. This was more waht I expected. Decided I couldn't miss it, and would put off leaving and walk back to Vaduz again. Having had a good nights sleep, it didn't feel as bad, even carring a full rucksack.

Got tot the road up to the Schloss and decided I would do that as well, I was feeling really good that morning. It was a steep climb though, and I did feel it carrying the pack on my back, but I made it up to the castle.

Street View
Looks completely different from that side, but no access to it as it is the residence for the Royal family of the Principality. Some great views from up there though. Still with the intention now of getting the 10-13 I thought I better get going and headed down to the town centre to the sort of bus station at the post office. Was there just before 9 and there was a bus to Buchs at 8 minutes past so that was plenty time  

 

 

sweetsummerdaiz says:
Good for you for spur of the moment, get up and go-traveling!
Posted on: Sep 18, 2009
lauro says:
i always wanted to go here!
Posted on: Sep 18, 2009
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Schaan-Vaduz Train Station
Schaan-Vaduz Train Station
Clock Tower
Clock Tower
Hills
Hills
Vaduz City Limits
Vaduz City Limits
Entering Town
Entering Town
Schloss
Schloss
Street View
Street View
Low Cloud
Low Cloud
Rheinpark
Rheinpark
International Football Stadium :-O
International Football Stadium :-O
The Rhein
The Rhein
Wooden Bridge
Wooden Bridge
Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Light At The End Of The Tunnel
On The Border 8)
On The Border 8)
Church
Church
Famous Guy
Famous Guy
Important Building
Important Building
Skinny People
Skinny People
Face
Face
Big Fat Naked Woman Statue
Big Fat Naked Woman Statue
Horse
Horse
Singer
Singer
Town Hall
Town Hall
Women at the restaurant
Women at the restaurant
Smokey Mountain
Smokey Mountain
Diferent Day, Different View
Diferent Day, Different View
Peaks
Peaks
Morning Light
Morning Light
Sheer cliffs
Sheer cliffs
Across the valley
Across the valley
Should someone explain to them it…
Should someone explain to them it…
Across the town
Across the town
same castle,same hills,no cloud
same castle,same hills,no cloud
Up next to the casstle ???
Up next to the casstle ???
Back of the Schloss
Back of the Schloss
View fro up at the Schloss
View fro up at the Schloss
View across from the Schloss
View across from the Schloss
Turret
Turret
View up from the town
View up from the town
Border Signpost
Border Signpost
Liechtenstein Passport Stamp
Liechtenstein Passport Stamp