Buchs Mini Guide
Where is Buchs exactly?
Buchs is a small town in the canton of St Gallen
in Switzerland. It lies on the border of Liechtenstein near the town of Schaan. The town lies in a very rural area between the River Rhine and the Alvier Mountains.
How do I get There?
The nearest airport is in Zurich
and from there you can catch a train, it takes around 1 ½ hours. Having a hire car is the best way to explore the area as you will find the towns of Chur and St Gallen and also the city of Zurich are under an hour's drive away.
What Can I See in Buchs?
Buchs is mostly an industrial town but important to the area also for education and shopping. You may see a performance at the Fabriggli Theatre or see art and explore local culture at Kulturstudtlimuhle, a local arts centre. Outside of town, it is worth visiting the Schloss Werdenberg, a beautiful castle surrounded by a lake, it is shared equally by the towns of Buchs and Grabs. There's also a fabulous sensory exhibition where various exhibits are arranged so you only use individual senses to understand them. It is a great place to get to know more about how we interact with our environment.
Where Can I Eat and Stay?
If you want to see the city centre and do some shopping, the modern Hotel City Buchs is a good place to stay. It adjoins a shopping centre and gym facilities are available. You can eat out or stay at the Hotel and eat at the Restaurant Baren, it is a traditional old Swiss hostelry, where you can try rosti and fondue or raclette. If you want to stay out in the country, try the Landgasthof Werdenberg on the outskirts of Buchs, it has its own restaurant too.
Buchs is renowned in this part of Switzerland for the quantity and quality of its shopping opportunities. Many flock to Buchs for the designer shops and boutiques but the city has other attractions if you’re prepared to hire a car and look slightly further afield than Buchs itself.
Begin with a visit to the beautiful Schloss Werdenberg. The best photographs of this are taken from across the lake. Then head off to the natural beauty of Gigerwaldsee surrounded by its imposing mountains. Finally, a little further away is the expanse of Lake Constance. A day spent leisurely cruising the lake is essential, all within easy access of Buchs with a rental car.