I found myself on a tour bus in 1986 across Europe. One day the bus stopped and the tour guide pointed in the middle distance at a nice castle and said ‘we are in Liechtenstein, you have 15 minutes to take photos and we can’t go in the castle’.
Definitely a scene out of the movie ‘If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium’. To be fair it’s just a small town with some land, but I am glad to say “I have been to Liechtenstein!”.
Favorite thing: For such a small country, Liechtensteiners have a very high standard of living thanks in part to the country's function as a tax haven. It is easy to form a corporation in Liechtenstein and they have a very low business tax rate which makes it an attractive place to form a legal entity and do business. The formation of foundations registered in the name of an attorney or other Leichtensteiner, created to protect the privacy (or some may say hide the assets) of foreign financial holdings, also contributes to the economy.
Liechtenstein's official currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF) although at least one place we went asked us if we wanted to use Euro or Swiss Franc.
Liechtenstein is not cheap, we spent a bit of time trying to find a souvenir to add to David's collection at work and couldn't locate anything that was reasonably priced or for that matter interesting. Same thing goes for tshirts for my niece and nephew, way overpriced, so we decided to send them a postcard instead.
We used both our Visa card here and our ATM card with no problem.
This is only for slightly crazy people or for those who want to reach Buchs from Lindau without buying a Swiss motorway sticker. You start in the nice place Lindau in Germany (see my page), take the Autobahn to Austria (Bregenz) and continue in the direction to Innsbruck until Feldkirch, follow the signs to Vaduz, pass the checkpoint at Feldkirch/Tisis and youare already in the third country, Liechtenstein. After arrival there look for the next street leading to a bridge across the Rhine and you are in Switzerland. It is all together 55 km and if there are no traffic jams you could do it in far less than one hour by car or maybe in five comfortable hours on a bicycle via normal roads.
I need of course a whole day for such a thing because I want to see where I am...
One of Liechtenstein important money earner is her postage stamps.
So drop by the stamp museum and check out all the stamps issued from this prinicipality from Day one. Admission is free.
More important buy some stamps. Those friends and children who are collectors will be very appreciative.
When I was last in this tiny country I found out an interesting little fact about their national flag.
Apparantly the Olympic team turned up to the 1936 games and were gobsmacked to find another flag the same as their own.
It was the good people of Liechenstein rather than those of Haiti who took the initiative : and that's the reason they have a crown slapped on their flag !
If you enter Liechtenstein from Switzerland you will maybe not recognize the border.
Over a long distance it is the river Rhine seperating the two countries.
In the middle of the 6 bridges you find a sign marking the border, the sign is the coat of arms of the Princely House of Liechtenstein and it is also the large national coat of arms.
Making a nice sujet for a picture.
This is a lovely postcard of Vaduz.
Let's talk about the cost of living here in this tiny principality.
Costs in Liechtenstein are among the highest in Europe. :-( If you're on a super-tight budget and you stay in hostels, you could probably survive on approx. US$40 a day (I hope) after buying a rail pass. If you decide to stay in a pension, enjoy eating out and don't want to miss out on the nightlife here (what nightlife?), be prepared to spend at least twice as much.
- Budget Room: US$20-30
- Moderately Priced Hotel: US$30-60
- Top-End Hotel: US$60 and upwards
- Budget Meal: US$10-25
- Restaurant Meal @ Moderately Priced Restaurant: US$30-40
- Top-End Restaurant Meal: US$50 and upwards
This is the Flag of Liechtenstein. The national colours are Red and Blue and the colours given by the prince are Red and Yellow. You will see the whole country full of these three bright colours.
Fondest memory: I first came to Liechtenstein in December and then in April... Last month i was there TWICE. I love this country.
My favourite thing about liechtenstein is that it is amazingly small and beautiful. Everything is so nicely done that one feel's like if i have come to a wonderland.
Fondest memory: Now you can imagine hwo much do i like this country. It is situated between Switzerland and Austria. You can come here either from Feldkirch (Austria), Buchs (Switzerland) or Sargans (Switzerland)
Favorite thing: Triesenberg is on a terrace above Vaduz, and it commands excellent views over the Rhine Valley. As well as a lovely onion-domed church, it has a museum devoted to the Walser community, which journeyed here from Switzerland in the 13th century. The Walser dialect is still spoken in the region.
Favorite thing: Liechtenstein's premier ski resort nestles amid the mountains in the country's south-east. As well as two ski schools, it has good runs for novices and more difficult ones for the experienced. The main road from Vaduz terminates at Malbun, and there are daily buses from the capital.
Little more than a village, Vaduz contains most of the points of interest in Liechtenstein. Two adjoining streets, Städtle and Äulestrasse, enclose the centre of town, and everything of any importance is within this small area. The State Art Collection (Staatliche Kunstsammlung) has good temporary exhibitions and includes parts of the art collection that the princes of Liechtenstein have acquired over the centuries. The Postage Stamp Museum contains more than 300 frames of stamps issued since 1912. For ski buffs there's even a Ski Museum, open only in the afternoons.
Although the castle is not open to the public, it is worth climbing up the hill for a closer look. There's a good view of Vaduz and the mountains, as well as a network of marked walking trails along the ridge. The National Museum (Landesmuseum) has coins, weapons, folklore exhibits and an informative slide show of the history of Liechtenstein.
There is a hostel in town as well as a few mid-priced hotels. Restaurants are expensive in Vaduz but there are some good choices - keep an eye out for lunchtime specials.
The first and only indication you get of entering Liechtenstein is the border sign on the bridge crossing the Rhine from Switzerland. Liechtenstein is not the biggest tourist draw in Europe but if you are in the area, you certainly should go and spend a few hours there if for no other reason but to say you have been there.
I was exclusively in Vaduz, the capital where there's a beautiful castle. It's nothing like a city, but rather a small mountain village.
Liechtenstein is famous for the unique stamps, highly wanted by philatelists !!! I used to collect them for some years...
Fondest memory: If you like rich people...go over there.
Mareestrasse 29, Vaduz, 9490, Liechtenstein
Good for: Business
Feldkircher Strasse 1, Schaan, 9494, Liechtenstein
Good for: Business
Triesenberg, 9497, Liechtenstein
Good for: Families