Hike the Liechtenstein Trail in Winter
Since the highest point of the Liechtenstein Trail is only about 1100 metres above sea level, the entire route can usually be completed during the winter months. If weather conditions are not permitting, there are alternative sections that bypass the higher altitudes.
There are many ways to hike along the 75 kilometre Liechtenstein Trail, even in winter. We recommend that winter hikers complete the Liechtenstein Trail in several daily stages. It is important to keep a close eye on the weather conditions. The steep sections from Triesen to Triesenberg, Triesenberg to Vaduz and to Planken should only be completed if they are free of snow and are dry. If weather conditions mean it is not possible to hike along these sections of the route, you should switch to an alternative route or take a bus.
Cosy accommodation and restaurants are available at or near the stopover locations. The Liechtenstein Trail remains an unforgettable experience, even as a winter hike.
1. Winter stage: Balzers-Triesen-Triesenberg-Vaduz
It is normally possible to complete the section of the route from Balzers to Triesen throughout the year without difficulty. Caution needs to be exercised, however, at slippery sections. The original route via Triesenberg runs as follows and should only be undertaken when the weather conditions are good: Route Balzers-Triesenberg and route Triesenberg-Vaduz
From Triesen, there is an alternative for the section Triesen-Triesenberg-Vaduz (see below). Along flat Riet marsh roads, the alternative route takes hikers comfortably and safely from Triesen to the capital Vaduz. Length of the Balzers-Triesen-Vaduz section 14 km, length of the Balzers-Triesen-Triesenberg-Vaduz section 26 km
Alternatively by bus:
Line 11 and 13: Triesen from the bus stop “Sonnenkreisel” to Vaduz bus stop “Vaduz Post”
2. Winter stage: Vaduz-Schaan-Planken-Nendeln
The section from Vaduz to Schaan is normally no problem for hikers during the winter months. On slippery passages, however, caution is advised on this route and good footwear is required. The original route runs as follows and should only be undertaken when the weather conditions are good: Route Vaduz-Schaan-Planken-Nendeln
Instead of choosing the steep ascent to Planken and then the very steep descent down to Nendeln, we recommend the alternative via the Riet marshes from Schaan to Nendeln (see below). Length of the Vaduz-Schaan-Nendeln section 16 km, length of the Vaduz-Schaan-Planken-Nendeln section 17 km
Alternative route Schaan to Nendeln (instead of Schaan-Planken-Nendeln)
Alternatively by bus:
Line 13 and 14: Schaan from the bus stop “Kinderheim” to Nendeln bus stop “Sebastianstrasse”
3. Winter stage: Nendeln-Eschen-Gamprin/Bendern-Ruggell (15 km)
From the Municipality of Nendeln, the Liechtenstein Trail wends its way via Eschen, Gamprin-Bendern to Ruggell. In Eschen there are a number of short ascents and descents to master, which can be slippery when snow is on the ground. Walking sticks and good boots are recommended for these sections.
4. Winter stage: Ruggell-Schellenberg-Mauren-Schaanwald (19 km)
From the northernmost municipality of Ruggell, the Liechtenstein Trail leads through the Ruggeller Riet and then over the Schellenberg to Mauren before ending in Schaanwald. In Schellenberg there are a number of ascents and descents to master, which can be slippery when snow is on the ground. Walking sticks and good boots are recommended for these sections.
Our overnight accommodation offers
including a beautiful Liechtenstein scarf
Our luggage transport service
The best way to enjoy the Liechtenstein Trail is to travel light. We therefore offer a handy luggage transport service to move your bags from hotel to hotel. Luggage transport generally applies to any accommodation in Liechtenstein that is registered as such. For bookings via AirBnB no luggage transport is bookable. More about the luggage transport service
Information about the Route
- The trail goes through all 11 municipalities of Liechtenstein
- The route is 75 kilometres long
- Ascents/descents of 2,000 m/2,000 m
- Min./max. altitude of 429 m/1,103 m
- Overall walking time of 21 hours
- The trail can go from south to north or north to south
- The route exclusively consists of the existing network of paths and trails
- It is possible to begin the trail from every municipality
- Parts of the route are also accessible for people with limited mobility
It is recommended to walk the Liechtenstein Trail with hiking boots. Especially the sections Triesen-Triesenberg, Triesenberg-Vaduz, Planken-Nendeln and Ruggell-Schellenberg contain steep sections.
Route layout, Liechtenstein Trail (2.5 mb)
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Media coverage about the Liechtenstein Trail
- New York Times: This Cross-Country Hike Took 5 Days. That’s Going the Long Way
- Lonely Planet - Best of Europe 2019: Alpine thrills: Liechtenstein for lovers of the outdoors
- Time Magazine - World's greatest places 2019
- Norwegian Airlines: Small Country - Big Hike (from page 48)
- Hemispheres Magazine (United Airlines) - Hike Liechtenstein in just three days