It was a cold rainy day and I got up early to get over to Vaduz for the day. The first museums opened at 10:00am and I wanted to be there as soon as they opened to spend as much time there as possible. The buses were full with what I’m assuming were commuters heading from Buchs to Schaan in Liechtenstein. From there, I switched to the bus that took me to the capital, Vaduz.
The first stop was the Liechtenstein Postage Stamp Museum. It was small, but interesting. Places like Liechtenstein and Andorra starting in the mid part of the 20th Century made lots of stamps. Stamp collectors buy them and don’t use them to send mail, so aside from the printing costs, it’s all profit. It’s a good source of income for small countries, probably not as lucrative as it was when more people collected stamps, but still good money.
Right next door to the stamp museum is Treasure Chamber of the National Museum. You have to get a token from the people at the stamp museum to gain entrance. It has a mixture of old paintings, prints, many jeweled Easter eggs, old guns, knives, and moon rocks.
The main part of the day was spent at the Liechtenstein National Museum. For such a small country, they have put together a great museum. It covers the entire history of humans in the area that would become the principality. It even has a wing devoted to the natural history of the area with exhibits on the geology and flora and fauna. There is also nice sections on how the principality came into being, as well as on the current and past Princes of Liechtenstein.
I grabbed some lunch at a place and then decided to visit the The Princely Wine Cellars of the Prince of Liechtenstein in Vaduz. It was winter, cold, and raining so I had the place to myself. They offer a tasting of the three wines produced there and I enjoyed all three (that’s not a really high bar as I am a fan of almost all wines). I purchased two small bottles to take back home. I had purchased a larger bottle at the COOP store in town.
After the winery, I headed by bus back to Buchs to grab my dinner and get ready for the train the next day for Vienna.