Wedged between Austria and Switzerland, Liechtenstein is a fairytale setting, its 160-square kilometers offering stunning mountains and deep valleys, medieval castles, vineyards and a top-notch dining scene, which draws on Alpine and European influences. We list the 10 must-try restaurants in this tiny Principality.
A hybrid between a Parisian brasserie and a Neapolitan pizzeria, Burg Brasserie’s diners can either enjoy the sunshine at round white marble tables and wicker chairs, or inside this Belle Époque restaurant decorated with large paintings and mirrors. A lunch on the terrace offers an impressive view of the hill that’s home to Vaduz Castle, the most emblematic building of the Principality. Burg Brasserie serves international cuisine dominated by Italian flavours and is the place to be on warm summer evenings.
As in most Alpine countries, wood is omnipresent in Liechtenstein’s homes. Restaurant Adler recreates this rustic ambience with charming, natural or olive-painted furniture and walls. This spacious restaurant is romantic and intimate in the evening thanks to its dim lighting, and is one of the most renowned gastronomic venues in the country. Its success has to be attributed to the attention it pays to the quality and freshness of its products. The menu demonstrates a clear preference for local delights such as Käsknöpfle(cheese dumplings), hash browns, cutlets and flavourful game dishes.
Restaurant Torkel is perched right next to the Herawingert Princely Vineyard and is a stylish venue that features a rustic décor of wooden structures, landscape paintings and an authentic Oriental carpet. A romantic covered terrace gives a view over a blooming garden, with valleys in the not-so-distant background. Whether you choose to dine inside or outside, you’re guaranteed to taste some of the region’s freshest produce, part of the reason why Torkel and its head chef Ivo Berger have received 16 Gault et Milliau points.
Part of the Park Hotel Sonnenhof, Restaurant Marée is a Michelin-starred restaurant located on a plateau offering a stunning view over the Principality’s mountains. The menu is full of experimental dishes created by its head chef, Hubertus Real who shows real imagination, boldness and talent in his cooking. Take the time to wander around Park Hotel Sonnenhof’s surroundings and admire the building whose architecture mixes traditional Alpine style with contemporary and avant-garde elements.
Thanks to its mild climate and steep hills, Liechtenstein is home to passionate wine producers. The Prince of Liechtenstein himself owns a winery, visited by thousands of wine enthusiasts every year. Other wine businesses, such as the Harry Zech Vineyard CANTINA and the Hoop Vineyard, open their doors to tourists, but a wine-tasting session is not quite the same without a rich meal to accompany it. There’s no better place in Liechtenstein than Ristorante Enoteca Leonado to get the best of both worlds. In the country’s finest Italian restaurant, diners can choose from a menu that includes sensational pasta, meat or fish dishes and Italian ice-cream to satisfy their tastebuds.
Liechtenstein’s landscape is sprinkled with delightful wooden huts and chalets and Bergrestaurant Sareiserjoch is certainly one of the most traditional and pleasant restaurants around. A tribute to hunting, its décor features lamps made of antlers and a stone fireplace in the centre of the room. Bergrestaurant Sareiserjoch’s menu includes mouth-watering soups, meat and cheese fondue and, during Thursday evenings in winter, raclette, the latter two being typically convivial meals. If the sky is clear, a lunch on the terrace is a must-try, as it offers an amazing view over Liechtenstein’s scenic mountains.
Alpenhotel Malbun‘s restaurant has an Alpine vibe, with a fireplace, dominated by an impressive reindeer head and imposing beams holding up the venue’s ceiling. The menu is focused on high-quality meat dishes, including stir-fry, steak variations, game and fondue. There is a wide range of local and foreign wines on offer, and its French pastry as a dessert is a must. A night in one of the hotel’s comfortable rooms will only make the pleasure last longer.
A massive wooden four-star hotel located in the middle of Malbun, Hotel Gorfion’s restaurant features a stylish décor of burgundy walls and green leather chairs. Guests are served fine-dining prepared by Chef Philipp Reisner, who uses products exclusively from the organic farm of Georg Frick.
Although Bangshof is not exactly a restaurant, this farmyard plays a very important part in Liechtenstein’s culinary landscape. The door to the Ruggeller Riet nature reservation, where this delightful spot is located, is the place to be on Sundays in spring and summer. Every week, the Bangshof organises a Buura-Zmorga, which is Liechtenstein dialect for ‘farmer’s breakfast’. Join this cheerful buffet and make friends while sampling the country’s best farm products.
b’eat is a multifaceted venue which contrasts with the tradition and tranquillity that characterise Liechtenstein. One of the country’s trendiest nightclubs, b’eat cultivates a glamorous image that also applies to its restaurant, a modern, classy cream-dominated venue. Its cuisine, a blend of international and local dishes, is equally detail-oriented. As the sun sets, b’eat changes faces and becomes a hip nightlife hangout full of lighting ranging from hot pink to lilac-purple, cocktails and dancing to lively DJ sets.