Though we were sad to leave Lucerne, we so much enjoyed the train ride deeper into the Alps. All we said over and over again was, “Ohh my… wow… stop… so beautiful.”
Y’all need to take a train through the Alps.
When Audrey & I started planning this trip, we saw that we would take the train very close to Liechtenstein.
Vaduz, and the rest of Liechtenstein, is nestled in the heart of the Alps between Switzerland and Austria. It is so tiny, in fact, that many Europeans don’t even know it’s a country.
Eager to add one more country to our list, we decided to hop of the train and eat lunch in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein.
Vaduz Castle sits up on a hill overlooking the city, where the Prince of Liechtenstein still resides.
While we were researching Liechtenstein, we found these facts about the country that are more interesting than our visit was. (Read more at: http://mentalfloss.com/article/69736/13-fascinating-little-facts-about-liechtenstein)
1. THERE’S VERY LITTLE CRIME.
2. SWITZERLAND ONCE ACCIDENTALLY INVADED IT.
3. ONCE A YEAR, ALL THE RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO PARTY IN A CASTLE.
4. THEY SPEAK GERMAN, BUT NOT EXACTLY.
5. YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF ITS MOST POPULOUS CITY.
6. IT’S THE WORLD’S LEADING MANUFACTURER OF FALSE TEETH.
7. AT ONE POINT, YOU COULD RENT THE COUNTRY BY THE EVENING.
8. THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS SURPRISINGLY FAMILIAR.
9. THANKS TO A PROPERTY DISPUTE, LIECHTENSTEIN DIDN’T RECOGNIZE THE EXISTENCE OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC OR SLOVAKIA UNTIL 2009.
10. THE COUNTRY IS NOT ONLY LANDLOCKED BUT DOUBLE-LANDLOCKED.
11. QUIET TIMES ARE IMPORTANT.
12. THE CURRENT OWNERS NEGLECTED IT FOR A WHILE.
13. WOMEN ONLY RECENTLY GOT THE VOTE.
Our trip to Liechtenstein was longer than we antipated because of a missed bus, and a train that only leave every 2 hours, so all in all, though we’re glad we stopped, we overstayed our welcome.
This cute little dog wearing a wreath around his neck running down the alley toward our table almost, almost redeemed our trip. He was pretty cute.
Finally around 6pm, we started making our way to Innsbruck, Austria, arriving to our Airbnb after dark.
In the morning, we picked up some coffee and croissants and strolled around Innsbruck, and let me tell you, it felt like a fairytale.
We toured the Imperial Palace in Innsbruck, which was the summer residence of the Habsburgs of Austria, originally built around 1460. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but I snuck a few.
When I told my mom about Innsbruck, I said that it’s a fairytale, and I would be happy to come back and spend more time here. She replied that I’ve said that about everywhere so far.. but really, Innsbruck is beautiful!
Now I’m off to read up on my Austrian Habsburg history.
Next stop: Back to Germany! Garmisch-Partenkirchen where we visit the famous castle Neuschwanstein and up to Zugspite, the top of Germany