Scenery In Liechtenstein During Day Trip

Day Trip to Liechtenstein from Zurich: How to Get There, What to See, Where to Stay

On my recent visit to Switzerland, I was so close to the tiny country of Liechtenstein that I just had to go. It’s one of those countries that you go to just because you can. And that’s what I did.

How to Get to Liechtenstein from Zurich

Liechtenstein is much easier to get to than I had anticipated. You’re basically going to choose between train or rental car.

Car

I hired a car for my quick trip through Switzerland and I think hiring a car is the best way to get to Liechtenstein and also the best way to explore this tiny country. I got a great deal on holidayautos.co.uk out of Zurich Airport (only US$37 per day!), so check them out. The drive is about 1 hour 30 minutes on a motorway from the airport or downtown Zurich.Liechtenstein In Day From Zurich

Train

But if you don’t want to drive, the next best option is to catch a train. It’s possible to catch a train from Zurich Airport to Zurich Main Station and then onto Sargans. This trip will take about 1 hour 20 minutes depending on connection times and time of day (check https://www.sbb.ch/en/ for details). Sargans is really close to the border of Liechtenstein and from there it’s a 15 minute bus ride to the town of Balzers (just book your ticket on the SBB site to Balzers and the bus will be included in the price). There’s a couple of things to see in Balzers: Gutenberg Castle and Jubiläumskirche (a picturesque church).

The best part about catching the train and bus to Liechtenstein is that it’s included as part of the Swiss Travel Pass (a pass giving you unlimited train travel in Switzerland)! Even travel on the bus within Liechtenstein is included in the Swiss Travel Pass (you can buy them here).Interesting Church In Liechtenstein

Bus

Once inside Liechtenstein, there’s a really good bus network that can carry you around most of the country. While driving around, I even saw buses going right up above the snow line and into the mountains, so you should be able to get everywhere you want (using your Swiss Travel Pass again – you can buy them here).

Where to Stay in Liechtenstein

Accommodation in Liechtenstein is expensive. If you have a car, you can choose to stay anywhere really, including Switzerland. But I chose to stay in Liechtenstein itself and got a really fantastic hotel with the BEST breakfast called Hotel Kommod (check the current price). It was expensive (US$130/night), but the quality was far above what I expected and it was very modern and also sound-proofed to the max. It’s located in an industrial area which is odd, but if you have a car, that’s irrelevant. The bus also stops out the front of this hotel.Vaduz Castle LiechtensteinYour other options are going to be spread throughout the country and there doesn’t appear to be any one large concentration of hotels. During my research Hotel Restaurant Kulm looked like a good option especially because it has fantastic views and only cost $110 per night (booking.com price is here).

What to Do in Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is small and you really don’t need to spend much time there. In fact, I spent one night and about 6 hours the next day driving around. The main spots are Vaduz Castle, Gutenburg Castle, Jubiläumskirche and the awesome mountain road via Triesenburg to Malbun ski region.Snowy Liechtenstein On The Road To MalbunThe mountain road is worth going up whether you’re catching the bus or driving your own car because the views are phenomenal especially as you go up through the residential area of Triesenberg. You can even stop here and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants, but be warned that they can be very expensive (think US$50 per person or more).

At the top of the mountain, the road proceeds through a tunnel to a valley at the back of the mountain and then on to the town of Malbun.

Here you’ll find ski fields and LOTS of snow, even in early November mainly because the altitude is 1600m above sea level compared to 450m in Vaduz. So awesome.

For me, the mountain road is actually the highlight of Liechtenstein. To get there, follow the signs to Triesenberg on the main 28 road south of Vaduz. The road to Triesenberg from Vaduz Castle was closed when I visited in November, but you might have better luck.

Where to Eat in Liechtenstein

Where you eat in Liechtenstein really depends on your budget and how much you care about your time in Liechtenstein. If money isn’t the number one factor for you, I highly recommend choosing one of the restaurants with a view in Triesenberg. Honestly, the views paired with good local food would be amazing.View From Triesenberg LiechtensteinBut if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of cheap options. Liechtenstein like any other country has fast food options such as McDonalds as well as supermarkets where you can buy pre-made sandwiches. It just depends on your travel style.

Liechtenstein is an easy country to visit if you’re already in Switzerland, particularly Zurich.  Just allocate a day to go there and you will have visited one of the smallest countries in the world!

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about how to get to Liechtenstein.

 

Spadaa Koffie, Bandung: No Sugar on Sunday (Really), but Everything Else is Good

Spadaa Koffie is a small coffee shop owned by the same people who own Blue Doors. And just like Blue Doors, we think this place is a hit.

Let’s just get a few criticisms out of the way first so we can get onto the good parts. No coffee shop should deny their customers sugar. But Spadaa (and Blue Doors) will not give sugar to their customers on Sunday. It’s the height of coffee snobbery and we hate it with a passion. Secondly, my eggs didn’t have salt on them. That’s it. These are my only criticisms at this stage.Spadaa, Bandung Food And DrinksWe ordered the Mushroom Sliders, Big Breakfast, Magic and fresh juice.

The Mushrooms Sliders was not sliders. It was mushrooms on toast with scrambled eggs. Not sure why they call it sliders. Naming aside, the meal was fabulous. Mushrooms seasoned beautifully, the bread the best in Bandung (yes, amazing sourdough) and the eggs light and fluffy (despite having no salt). A fabulous meal. But not sliders!Spadaa, Bandung FoodThe Big Brekkie was halal meaning beef bacon. I guess you have to compromise when the majority of your customers don’t eat pork. The poached egg was cooked to perfection, mushrooms tasty, bread delightful and the tomato packed with sambal. Delish.

The coffee was predictably very good and in line with the best cafes in Bandung. The juice couldn’t be faulted — freshly squeezed juice pure and simple.Spadaa, Bandung CoffeeThe fitout is completely different to almost anything else in Bandung. A large garden courtyard surround by 4 seating areas.

The seating area on the roof is a winner.Spadaa, Bandung Big TreeIf you need to get work done, the wifi is fast enough at 12mbps down and 4mbps up. There are also plenty of power points if need them as well.

We’re fans on this place. We really are. But they need to cut out this coffee snobbery crap because it doesn’t go down well with customers who simply like sugar in their coffee. They, after all, are the customer.Spadaa, Bandung InsideOne last thing. I’d like to give a big shout out to the 4 guys I spoke to in the upstairs area.

Spadaa Koffie
Jalan Ternate 5, Bandung
Instagram: @spadaakoffie
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00 (food until 21:00)
Mushroom Sliders: Rp47.000
Big Breakfast: Rp70.000
Magic: Rp30.000
Fresh Juice: Rp42.000
* No tax!

Kuro Coffee, Bandung Coffee

Kuro Koffee (Papaya Supermarket), Bandung: Awesome Anti-Mainstream Coffee Shop with Great Coffee

If you like small and cozy coffee shops that aren’t overrun with the Instagram crowd, you’re going to absolutely love Kuro Koffee.

This coffee shop is the sort of place you come to if you love great coffee without all the fuss that goes along with it in many places. In other words, a coffee lover’s dream.Kuro Coffee, BandungI ordered a latte and it was excellent. Served in a custom porcelain cup from Japan, I loved that they were happy to experiment with a different cup. I love it.Kuro Coffee, Bandung SusanSusan’s Sakura Lemonade was too sweet for my liking because she mixed all the sugar syrup in. But the flavour itself was fantastic and a little bit different to most drinks you find in Bandung.Kuro Coffee, Bandung DrinksPrices here a very good for the qualily. Rp25.000 for that cafe latte was brilliant.

The fitout is really quite pleasant. Air conditioned inside, pleasantly cool outside (the smoking area). There are a couple places to sit and open a laptop and the wifi is fast with 20mbps down and 4mbps up.Kuro Coffee, Bandung Outside AreaThey also do a range of food, but we haven’t tried that yet.

Kuro Koffee is one of my new favourite coffee shops in Bandung. The focus is on quality and not just trying to follow the latest trend. Awesome.Kuro Coffee, Bandung Coffee Machine

Note: A new outlet has just opened in Paskal Hypersquare.

Kuro Koffee
Jalan Sukaasih 1, Bandung (Inside Papaya Supermarket)
hello@kurokoffee.co
kurokoffee.co
Instagram: @kurokoffee
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00 (Sun from 10:30)
Cappuccino: Rp25.000
Sakura Lemonade: Rp30.000

Mr Guan, Bandung

Mr. Guan Coffee & Books, Bandung: Incredible Old Building Worth Visiting for Coffee

If you’re sick of the same same feel of Bandung coffee shops with their white concrete walls and floors and lots of industrial steel, you’re going to love Mr. Guan Coffee & Books.

Mr. Guan isn’t the first coffee shop to open inside of an old colonial house, but I think they’re probably doing it the best right now. The fitout is really awesome with original tiles, lots of old style furniture and a colour scheme that takes me straight back to 1940. It really is something.Mr Guan, Bandung CounterThe coffee here is good too. They do a bunch of manual brew stuff, but there also have an espresso machine if you’re into cappuccinos and the like.Mr Guan, Bandung DrinksAside from drinks, they also have a menu of light bites and some rice based dishes. It’s all very reasonably priced and far below what you expect to pay at Bandung’s top cafes these days.Mr Guan, Bandung InsideMr Guan, Bandung DoorThere are plenty of tables for working on and the internet here is fast. I tested it 11mbps down and 29mbps up. I get the impression that it goes faster than that as well if you’re here when it’s not so busy.Mr Guan, Bandung Sitting In Front Of WindowOne last point. The outdoor are is lovely and a perfect spot for those who love to smoke and drink coffee.

Mr. Guan Coffee & Books
Jalan Tamponas No.22, Bandung
Instagram: @mrguancoffee
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
Cappuccino: Rp25.000
Ice Matcha Susa: Rp25.000
* No tax!

911 Coffee Lab, Bandung

9/1/1 Coffee Lab, Bandung: Good and Cheap Coffee Shop Where You Can Hang Out and Smoke

With so many expensive coffee shops in Bandung doing great coffee, we sometimes wonder why people aren’t trying to tap into the cheaper market by producing great coffee at a great price. 9/1/1 Coffee Lab fits the bill perfectly by doing great tasting coffee for a price with is half what you often pay elsewhere.

Located in small building on Jalan Saparua, 9/1/1 Coffee Lab (sometimes written 911 Coffee Lab) has as many seats outside as inside. This means that if you’re a smoker, there are plenty of places to sit back, have a coffee and a cigarette. Inside or outside. This also means that if you hate smoking, you probably won’t like this place.911 Coffee Lab, Bandung InsideThe drinks we had were good, but quite a distance from the best in Bandung. That said, they were better than we had in our recent 2 week trip through Europe which generally has bad coffee.911 Coffee Lab, Bandung Coffee ToolsMy cappuccino was made manually without an espresso machine. The coffee was good, but I’m afraid it was too cold. Only lukewarm. Still, worth every cent I paid given it’s so cheap.911 Coffee Lab, Bandung CoffeeAt Rp16.000, it’s one of the cheapest milk based coffees in Bandung and certainly the best at this price point. Perhaps why the cafe seems to be so popular.

The menu has a range of typical snacks such as pisang goreng for good prices.

If you’re price conscious but still like good coffee, come here. It’s really good.911 Coffee Lab, Bandung MuralWifi barely worked when I visited.

9/1/1 Coffee Lab
Jalan Halmahera 2, Bandung
(0813) 1373 7389
911coffeelab@gmail.com
Instagram: @911_coffee
Opening Hours: daily 08:00 – 23:00
Cappuccino: Rp16.000
Red Velvet Latte: Rp20.000
Pisang Goreng: Rp15.000
Cake: Rp5.000 (cheap!)
Muffin: Rp8.000 (cheap!)
*No tax added!!!

U Coffee Bandung

U Coffee, Bandung: Good quality, Cheap, Good Environment & Fast Wifi

We saw U Coffee some time ago when zooming past and promised we would go back at some stage. And we’re glad we did, because it’s a good one.

Located next to the driving range on Jalan Lombok, it looks small from the outside but opens up considerably once you walk inside. There’s a lot of space to hang out, open a laptop and basically just kill time. And it’s quite a pleasant place to hang out as well.U Coffee Bandung Side RoomI ordered a cappuccino and it was excellent. Silky milk, extremely strong coffee taste and quite hot. At Rp23.000, it was a bargain. Especially because it’s made with an espresso machine (not common at this price point).U Coffee Bandung CoffeSusan’s iced lemon tea was just normal. Nothing special there except 2 slices of Indonesian lemon/lime.U Coffee Bandung CounterWifi here is very fast. I clocked download at 15mbps and uploads at 21mbps. That was with a bunch of school kids on laptops upstairs doing who knows what with the wifi (surfing porn). It’s fast and that is a massive bonus.U Coffee Bandung DrinksFood options range from snacks such as tahu with chilli all the way through to pizza and spaghetti. Good one.U Coffee Bandung SnacksI really like this place. Good quality, cheap, good environment and fast wifi. A great combo that makes this place a winner in my eyes.

U Coffee
Jalan Lombok 10, Bandung
(0822) 8228 5000
Instagram: @ucoffee.bdg
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Cappuccino: Rp23.000
Ice Lemon Tea: Rp20.000
Tahu Garang: Rp22.000
* Add 5% service

Marka Coffee Bandung Counter

Marka Coffee & Cafe, Bandung: Coffee Fantastic, Comfy Fitout, So-so Food

We are always excited to try new cafes and coffee shops in Bandung and Marka is no different.

The cafe is set over 2 floors with loads of natural light, concrete and wood. It’s a typical cafe scene in Bandung and Marka really does a good job of providing a modern yet comfortable space.Marka Coffee Bandung SwingOn the lower floor there are a couple of swings for children and we noticed that this was a selling point for some customers who were happy to have a second coffee while their kids played.

We ordered the chicken sandwich, karaage chicken, a magic and iced lime ginger tea. And overall we though it was just OK, but with massive potential.Marka Coffee Bandung Coffee MachineFirstly I have to say that the magic was sensational and I’d happily come here again for that. I’d even highly recommend it to my friends it was so good. The lime ginger tea was tasty, but Susan couldn’t really taste the ginger.Marka Coffee Bandung Coffee And TeaNow onto the food. Bandung cafe food has traditionally been very poor. But recently there have been a few cafes trying to do better and they’re now charging high prices for it. But for high prices, we expect quality. And to be honest, the quality still doesn’t justify the price. And Marka, sadly, is no differently

The chicken sandwich was disappointing. Each component of the sandwich when tasted in isolation was quite good. Especially the bread. The bread was awesome. But the ingredients of the sandwich managed to seep down to the bottom slice of bread and make it soggy. Like really soggy so that it became mush. No one wants to eat mushy bread.Marka Coffee Bandung FoodI sort of expected the sandwich to be edible with my hands, but that wasn’t possible mainly because it was extremely wet and the chicken was chopped into tiny pieces. Perhaps I should have asked first, but I was kind of expecting a big chunk of grilled chicken. I think that would have been preferable. All in all, nice components, but not a dish I could recommend.

The karaage was coated in salted egg wash of some sort. The karaage was enjoyable and on its own was very good. But again, as a dish, it failed. Mainly because it’s served with rice and a dollop or coleslaw and nothing else. So your mouth kind of gets dry and you sort of need a beer to wash it all down with. Which is what you would do in a bar in Japan.Marka Coffee Bandung From AbovePerhaps the karaage would be better served as a special snack with some dipping sauces, no rice, no coleslaw.

We were really impressed with internet speeds here. We consistently got speeds of 26mbps down and 5 mbps up despite a busy cafe. There are also plenty of tables to work from and a few spots with electricity sockets.

This cafe has so much potential. It really does. Someone here knows what they’re doing when it comes to food and coffee. We just think they need to adjust a few of the menu items so they work as whole dishes and they will be well on their way to being one of the best cafes in Bandung.

We look forward to whether they hit the mark in the future.

Marka Coffee
Jalan Talaga Bodas 32, Bandung
(0813) 1331 7009
Instagram: @marka.cafe
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00 (Sat until 22:00)
Magic: Rp25.000
Iced Lime Ginger Tea: Rp25.000
Chicken Sandwich: Rp65.000
Karaage Chicken: Rp40.000
* Add 15.5% tax & service

Tobys Estate Bandung

Toby’s Estate, Bandung: Decent Cafe, But a Far Cry from Australian Standards

Wow, where to start. What a surprise to see the cafe where Adam learned to make coffee in Sydney turn up in Bandung. Our expectations were very high, so anything less than perfection was going to be noticed. And notice we did.

By Bandung standards, Toby’s Estate is one of the best there is. But by our standards, they still have some way to go.Food And Drinks Tobys Estate BandungWe ordered Buttermilk Chicken with Corn Frittata, Ricotta Pancakes, cappuccino & chai chocolate.

First of all, both drinks were excellent. They were good by world standards and we would be happy to come here again for them any day of the week.Coffee At Tobys Estate BandungBut the food was disappointing and this is why. On the menu, the buttermilk chicken is listed as fillet. But it came served with bones. Wtf? It wasn’t a mistake as the staff confirmed it always comes with bones. The other part of the dish was supposed to be a frittata. It was nothing like a frittata. It was more like a thin corn cake or corn pancake. It tasted good, but it wasn’t a frittata. In fact, the whole dish was a good one, but it just completely different to what you expect from the menu. They need to fix this.Buttermilk Chicken Tobys Estate BandungThe ricotta pancakes were cooked well and their flavour was good, but as with all pancakes we’ve had in Bandung they were a bit boring. Making pancakes taste fantastic is really difficult.Pancake At Tobys Estate BandungWe’re being very hard on the food here because we expect the best from the Toby’s brand and we expect the best because of the prices. And we didn’t get it.

The location of this cafe is great in the new Paskal 23 and the fitout is really modern and fresh. As good as anything in Bandung and certainly sets the standard of what a cafe should be. It’s excellent.Tobys Estate Bandung Paskal 23There is plenty of space for opening a laptop here and quite a few electricity sockets. Wifi worked well and there is a choice of either the cafe’s own wifi or the one for the entire mall. Both were fine even though we weren’t able to measure their speed.

This cafe is expensive. But we think it’s ok if a cafe is expensive if the quality is good. And to be honest, the food at this point in time does not justify the price.Tobys Estate Bandung Coffee ShopIf we compare Toby’s Estate to every other cafe in Bandung, it’s as good as or better than almost everything out there. But they have room to improve. And when they do, they will be the best in Bandung.

Toby’s Estate
Lobby Cai,L1, #10-11, Paskal 23, Bandung
(0878) 2383 3232
contact@tobysestatecoffee.co.id
tobysestatebandung@gmail.com
www.tobysestatecoffee.co.id
Instagram: @tobysestate.id
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00 (Fri & Sat until midnight)
Buttermilk Chicken: Rp75.000
Pancakes: Rp85.000
Cappuccino: Rp35.000
Chai Chocolate: Rp40.000
* Add 18.25% tax & service (!!!)

Kiputih Satu Bandung

Kiputih Satu, Bandung: Good Food, Good Coffee, Amazing Design All In My Old ‘Hood.

I used to live really close to this cafe when I first moved to Bandung in 2011, at a time before there were any cafes in the area. But in recent years, quite a few places around the Ciumbuleuit atas area have been converted into cafes such as Miss B and Wildgrass among others primarily because the air is cool and the existing buildings an incredible example of grand colonial housing.

Kiputih Satu is located just next to the main roundabout in Ciumbuleuit on the road that leads to the Padma. It’s in a grand old house with stunning balcony looking out to the small valley next door. It’s one of the better locations for a cafe in all of Bandung.Kiputih Satu Bandung OutsideThe food here is really good. A great selection of Western and Indonesian dishes as well as lite bights. I had the chicken burger and Susan had the Nasi Kenduri. The chicken burger was really good with perfectly crispy chicken, tasty mayo and crunchy hand cut chips. My only criticism is that the bun was dry and unpleasant. I think they make the buns in house, but they need to improve them because they’re not good. Making them soft would be a good start.Kiputih Satu Bandung BurgerThe Nasi Kenduri is savoury rice with mie goreng and a big fried chicken leg. Awesome! All of it was very Indonesian and very tasty.Kiputih Satu Nasi KenduriThe cold pressed juices are fresh and cheap. So cheap compared to what most people are charging these days in Indonesia for fresh juice.

The cappuccino was served in a latte glass which was odd… but it was tasty nonetheless and not too far from some of the better coffees in Bandung. The next coffee I ordered I specified the cup shown below…Kiputih Satu Bandung Coffee And JuiceKiputih Satu Bandung CoffeeWifi clocked in at 8mbps down and 4mbps up when we were there and there are lots of places to open a laptop.Kiputih Satu Bandung Coffee MachineWhen you consider all these points, Kiputih Satu becomes one of my favourite cafes in all of Bandung. It’s absolutely brilliant. I just hope they continue to improve their buns.

Kiputih Satu
Jalan Kiputih 1a, Ciumbuleuit, Bandung
(0817) 027 5629
Instagram: @kiputih_satu
Opening Hours: 07:30 – 20:00, Fri & Sat until 22:00
Chicken Burger: Rp65.000
Nasi Kenduri: Rp55.000
Cappuccino: Rp25.000
Merigold Juice: Rp30.000
No tax!

Mimiti Coffee

Mimiti @ Sumur Bandung, Bandung (Mimiti Baru): A New Mimiti in a New Location

The original Mimiti was a massive hit with the instagram crowd with its white concrete walls and clean lines and this new Mimiti does the same job, just better.

The old Mimiti has now closed down and this new outlet is in a bigger location in a more trendy area – close to Simpang Dago.Outdoor At MimitiThere is an inside area with air conditioning and an outside area which cops the full brunt of the sun (or rain). I find the inside area to be quite hot because the front door always seems to be open, particularly when it’s busy and the staff are having to walking in and out with both hands full.Mimiti Cafe BandungThey’ve replaced their tiny one group machine with a massive 3 group machine. And to be fair, they seem to be pumping out a lot more coffees these days. The cappuccino I had was up there with the best you can get in Bandung. Very nice.Coffee At MimitiWe also ordered food from next door at Kiri and it was not bad. Most people are going to be fairly happy with what they get. The Penne Verde was probably a bit too small for the price paid.Tuna Pasta At MimitiFood At MimitiAll in all, Mimiti hits the spot again and includes lots of electricity sockets, fast wifi and plenty of places to sit.

Mimiti
Jalan Sumur Bandung 14, Bandung
Instagram: @mimiticoffee
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 08:00 – 20:00, Fri-Sun until 21:00
Cappuccino: Rp32.000
Iced Green Tea: Rp38.000
Penne Verde: Rp49.000
Beef Rice Bowl: Rp49.000
* Add 15% to all food prices.