Crossed the Swiss border to Liechtenstein for a brief stop in the capital Vaduz. We arrived at very early in the morning; most of the shops were closed so there wasn’t much to do except to wander around.
The Vaduz Castle lies on a hillside 120 meters above Vaduz. Thought to be constructed as a fortress as early as the 12th century and now it’s the primary residence of Liechtenstein’s Princely Family.
Drove past the Austrian Alps on the way to Innsbruck. Absolutely breathtaking!
Lunch stopover- fresh salad and antipasti (Eur 9.30) and a very juicy schnitzel (Eur 10.60).
The Hofburg/ Imperial Palace in Innsbruck. This is not the main facade though, but nevertheless it looks so grand!
Wandered around the charming Old Town, a small area of medieval houses. The Goldeness Dachl, a landmark structure completed in 1500. The roof was decorated with more than 2000 copper tiles and the Emperor and his wife used the balcony to observe festivals, tournament and other events that took place in the square below.
Did you know that Swarovski was founded in Austria? Time to explore…and shop!
Stunning shoe display
Bonnie Lee’s label Suecommabonnie from Korea on the left and Indian-inspired design by Catwalk Design Team on the right.
By Louis Yaghi and Italian shoe designer Diego Dolcini
By Christian Louboutin; with heels 21cm in height, these are purely decorative items. On the right, a design from Bebe.
Brazilian label Osklen and Jimmy Choo
Didn’t get this in the end because it was too big
The Crystal Matrix Chamber Wonders.
Gelato from Tomaselli Gelateria… less than 2 Euros if I’m not wrong.
And the exploring continues, followed by afternoon tea.
Our stay for the night was Grauer Baer Hotel, a 2 minute walk away from The Old Town. The room and bathroom (size of 2-3 HDB master bathrooms) were huge!
Skiing is a popular sport in Austria
Horse carriage ride through the alpine scenery, up a mountain village.
We stopped at a traditional Tyrolean Gasthof for a drink. The horses need a break too!
Another rest stop…Hubby had a beer while I had hot chocolate.
Dinner (included in the tour package) at the hotel was quite good. My apologies for the poor quality pictures. We had salad, broccoli soup, pork schnitzel and apple strudel, which fared better than the one we had at a café in the afternoon.
Get up early for breakfast. Its buffet style, with a lot to choose from. One of the best breakfasts we had in the tour.