Tiny Triesenberg

For most, Liechtenstein is a quick stop to check off yet another country on their list. They only stop for an hour at most, in the capital Vaduz – and leave with a very incomplete impression of this ancient Alpine country.

The little principality has much more to offer, so I recommend you spend a few days and head for the hills. About halfway between Vaduz and the ski resort Malbun is toy-sized Triesenberg with its tiny City Hall, onion-domed church, wooden chalets on rolling green meadows, towering mountains, and grand views of the Rhine River Valley below.

With only 35 000 inhabitants in the entire country, you would expect them to speak the same language. Well, they do. But not entirely. Triesenbergers has had a distinctive dialect since the Middle Ages, and are actively encouraged to use it and keep it alive.

Triesenberg is only a 2.5 kilometres brisk climb from Vaduz, and if the hike is too steep, the local post bus takes only a few minutes. Unless it has to stop for cows.

near Triesenberg

Have you been in Triesenberg? Or anywhere in Liechtenstein?

35 Responses to “Tiny Triesenberg”

  1. ItalianNotes 5 June 2012 1539 #

    I’m no different from most, I guess. I’ve been to Liechtenstein, but didn’t register where. Now I have to do it again to check out the cute cows.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 0951 #

      Mid-September seems to be the time :)

  2. Adina 5 June 2012 1906 #

    I’ve never been to Lichtenstein before, but I could picture myself that it’s something like Switzerland. It must be such a beautiful country!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 0952 #

      Like Switzerland in many ways, but also with subtle differences.

  3. Turkey's For Life 6 June 2012 1328 #

    Wow, do such idyllic places still exist then? Lovely – especially as the locals are actively encouraged to keep their local dialect alive.
    Julia
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 0953 #

      I quite liked that, too.

  4. Michael Figueiredo 7 June 2012 0140 #

    I can’t wait to go to Liechtenstein someday. I want to hit up all the Little Countries in Europe. 3 down so far!
    Michael Figueiredo recently posted..Where in the world am I? (#24)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 0954 #

      They’re very interesting, Europe’s tiny countries.

  5. Marie 7 June 2012 0156 #

    I once saw a herd of cows being moved up the mountains in Switzerland. It was so idyllic and old-fashioned in the best possible way.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 0956 #

      Ah yes, I remember the first time I stumbled upon cows being herded through the streets. Gstaad, it was. Gave me a very different first impression of that town (and a much nicer one) from what I had expected.

  6. Natasha von Geldern 7 June 2012 0228 #

    Such a cute country – thanks for the tip! What a beautiful cow :)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 0957 #

      Yeah, she is a lovely one :)

  7. D.J. - The World of Deej 7 June 2012 0333 #

    I have always been fascinated with Liechtenstein, ever since my 7th grade geography teacher talked about her visit there…
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 0958 #

      I was too when I was younger. Seemed such a fairy-tale sort of place. Very romantic.

  8. Travelogged 7 June 2012 0553 #

    Why are the cows dressed up with flowers? Is it a special occasion or the gals just felt like looking nice that day?
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 1000 #

      The cows were being brought down from grazing on the mountain, so I suppose they were just celebrating. :)

  9. Marlys 7 June 2012 0650 #

    This all sounds very interesting. We’ll have to get over there for that hike. Thanks for this tip.
    Marlys recently posted..Bricks Won’t Break Your Bones

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 1000 #

      Lots of easy hikes in Liechtenstein for you two :)

  10. Leigh 7 June 2012 2308 #

    Interesting post about such a small country. I’ve yet to visit but I now have a reason to. I wonder what the cows think of the wreath.
    Leigh recently posted..Photos from Hiking the Kerry Way in Ireland

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 1001 #

      They didn’t seem too bothered. I think…

  11. Cathy Sweeney 8 June 2012 0129 #

    You’ve got a point. I think a lot of people can’t imagine that there is much to see in such a small place. You prove them wrong and I would love to spend some time in Triesenberg and other places there.
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..Capital Ideas for a Washington D.C. Visit

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 1002 #

      I’ll write about Malbun, later – another lovely spot further up in the mountains there.

  12. Andrea 8 June 2012 0927 #

    We were wanting to stop here just to see it and say we’d been but ran out of time. Love the decorated cows!
    Andrea recently posted..Posture and Ergonomics for Digital Nomads

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 1003 #

      Can always do a road trip now that you live in the area :)

  13. Laurel 8 June 2012 2105 #

    Haven’t been to Triesenberg, but Lichtenstein is definitely on my list, especially since it’s not that far from Munich.
    Laurel recently posted..Lesotho: A Land I Want to Explore

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 1003 #

      Very close indeed.

  14. Megan 9 June 2012 0048 #

    I’ve never been to Liechtenstein and I’ve never thought of going… will have to reconsider now!
    Megan recently posted..Roamancing Egyptian Satellite TV in Marsa Alam

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 1004 #

      It’s a sweet little country, definitely worth a visit.

  15. InsideJourneys 9 June 2012 1736 #

    Yeah, we tend to breeze through smaller countries and miss some beautiful gems. Thanks for sharing. Liechtenstein was never on my list but I’d definitely consider it now. So much to see, so little time!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 1004 #

      Ain’t that the truth.

  16. InsideJourneys 9 June 2012 1737 #

    I’m still having a problem with SU.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 June 2012 1005 #

      No worries. (SU is fickle.)

  17. Why are cows of Switzerland, Germany and now Liechtenstein better looking than those in the US? Would love to visit one day!
    Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista recently posted..Picturesque Costa Brava

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 June 2012 1543 #

      Don’t know much about American cows, I’m afraid. But being let loose to graze on an Alpine mountain all summer long would make me happy too :)

  18. I would love to visit these tiny countries one of these days. That would be quite a sight to see and the green hills in the background look stunning.
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