Through the mountains with star chef Hubertus Real
If I have to pick one place in Liechtenstein that stands for the promise of "Princely Moments", I would definitively choose Fürstensteig. Powerful, mighty, mystical. Already after the third turn you encounter an extraordinary rock formation that combines the power and strength of this unique nature.
Fürstensteig in the evening light
Every time I stand in front of this work of art created from wind and rain, behind it the breathtaking view of the slowly awakening Liechtenstein and the Rhine Valley, I become aware of how small we humans are in comparison to this immense nature. A sight that makes me feel humble.
«Everything becomes lighter for a moment, life's problems small, feelings of happiness overwhelming.»
Fürstensteig is only suitable for sure-footed hikers who are free from vertigo.
I enjoy such mystical and beautiful moments best at sunrise when no one is up yet, or in the early evening when the sun slowly disappears behind the mountains. It is a way to let go. I dive into another life. Time stands still. Loneliness. Just me and nature, the huge rocks, the wind. These moments are at once switching off and recharging, physical challenge and relaxation.
The Fürstensteig - Drei Schwestern hike is only suitable for sure-footed hikers who are free from vertigo.
You will never forget the hike through the secured cliffs.
(Video: Hubertus Real)
You never walk alone on the Fürstenteig hike. You take the power and strength of this piece of Liechtenstein nature with you, whether you like it or not. They accompany me in many stressful situations in everyday life and make my laugh. You can't really explain it. You have to have been up there to understand it: the myth of Fürstensteig.
«Where otherwise only the chamois jumped and shied away from the feet of men, there now leads a bold footbridge - the calloused hand conquered the rock.»
It is the respect for the mountain and for those who made it accessible to mountain hikers with the construction of the Liechtenstein Fürstensteig from 1898 onwards that is expressed in this poem. Rudolf Schädler was one of the first to be able to climb this bold mountain.
Hubertus Real enjoys the most a sunrise in the Liechtenstein mountains. Let yourself be enchanted and inspired by the wonderful atmosphere. (Video Thomas Zerlauth & Daniel Hager)
Hubertus Real has compiled a selection of his most beautiful hiking pictures from the mountain world of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Situated at eye level with the Castle Vaduz, the Real family has been providing culinary highlights in family ambience for decades. First and foremost, top chef Hubertus Real, who has received several awards and a gold medal at the World Skills in Sydney in 1988.
Hubertus Real with his mother Jutta
Restaurant Marée at the Park Hotel Sonnenhof was awarded 17 Gault Millau points and 1 Guide Michelin star.
The Park Hotel Sonnenhof in Vaduz, a Relais & Châteaux hotel and award-winning restaurant, is a true Garden of Eden for gourmets, wine lovers and sun worshippers. According to the international travel magazine HIDEAWAYS, the small boutique hotel is now one of the most beautiful and best family-run hotels in the world.
The foundation for the Real dynasty was laid by Hubertus' great-grandfather, with the former Café REAL in Vaduz. After having worked as top chefs in the best houses worldwide, Emil and his brother Felix 1962 took over the boarding house Sonnenhof. Emil Real died in 2016 at the age of 86. For his pioneering spirit, creativity and entrepreneurial courage, Liechtenstein honoured the Real family with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2017.
Fürstensteig-Drei Schwestern hike
The ,Drei-Schwestern-Weg' ('Three Sisters' track) and the Fürstensteig can be referred to as the most classical mountain hike. This tour for sure-footed hikers, with safe tracks leading along steep, cliffy rocks, will surely be remembered forever..
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- Restaurant Marée at Park Hotel Sonnenhof
Gastronomy & wine
Liechtenstein offers a wide range of restaurants with gourmet cuisine. The country is also home to several excellent small-scale vineyards - including the Prince of Liechtenstein Winery - spread across the valleys of Eschnerberg and Schaan to Vaduz, Triesen and the gentle slopes of Gutenberg Castle.
It is an experience not to be missed: discover the highlights of the Principal-ity of Liechtenstein on foot on the Liechtenstein Trail. Awaiting the explorer are 75 kilometres full of exciting stories, sights, majestic views, idyllic spots to have a rest, and much more.
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