the place where Liechtenstein meets Switzerland

by ada

Of all places of the world, Liechtenstein is the one I never gave any thought before my surprisingly adventurous last summer. People like me* usually have nothing to do with the tax paradise of Europe, and there is a reason for it, haha.**

* people coming from Eastern-European countries and living on nurses’ salaries

** there was that awkward moment, when I got confronted with the price of one single scoop of Liechtensteinian ice cream; it’s the equivalent of 4 euros in CHF. It made me immediately realise that despite having come a long way since my Socialist childhood, I’m still very, very far from blending in

Anyway. If you all of a sudden, under whatever circumstances, find yourself in Vaduz, as it happened to me simply by becoming a travel nurse, you really should take the time to visit the last remaining wooden bridge over the  river Alpenrhein.

You may take the bus there, because public traffic in Liechtenstein is excellent…

Liechtenstein Bus 2

…except when it’s not. Because it’s early in the morning. Or late in the afternoon. Or it is Saturday. Or Sunday. Or any other holiday.

Alte Rheinbruecke Vaduz Sevelen 11

Fortunately, everything is in walking distance in Vaduz, so if you are too impatient to wait a whole hour for the next bus, just take the road and walk along some poetic scenario…

Vaduz Castle 1

…and a colourful industrial area…

Vaduz 1

…until you reach the Alpenrhein…

Alter Rhein 5

…and your destination, the Alte Rheinbrücke.

Alte Rheinbruecke Vaduz Sevelen 45

It is 135 meter long…

Alte Rheinbruecke Vaduz Sevelen 43

…and is made completely of wood.

Alte Rheinbruecke Vaduz Sevelen 6

The original bridge was built in 1871. During the following 140 years it needed to be adjusted to the actual water capacity of the river several times.

Alte Rheinbruecke Vaduz Sevelen 38

The last renovation took place in 2010. There is a small memorial plaque hanging inside of the bridge to one of construction workers, the carpenter Andreas Maier-Toth, who recently passed away. Similar to the half of this planet’s population, he too had Hungarian roots.

Andreas Maier-Toth 1

Now walk over the bridge together with other creepy shadows fellow tourists.

Alte Rheinbruecke Vaduz Sevelen 2

Once safely arrived in Switzerland…


…consider your possibilities.

Sevelen 2

You can either look over to Vaduz castle (remember, it’s full of living princes waiting for you to marry all of them)…

Vaduz Castle 7

…or admire the Swiss flora…

Alter Rhein 1

…and fauna.

Alte Rheinbruecke Vaduz Sevelen 10

Or you can just take a lazy bike ride along the river.

Sevelen 15

This is also the place where, after a long, exhausting but fruitful career as a Swiss investment banker, you can finally retire and live for your hobbies.

Sevelen 4

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