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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!”.
Written Oct 7, 2011
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.
Written Sep 9, 2007
Favorite thing: 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.
Written Sep 9, 2007
Favorite thing: 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...
Written Nov 13, 2006
Favorite thing: 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.
Written Oct 20, 2006
Favorite thing: 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 !
Written Jun 13, 2005
Favorite thing: 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.
Written Apr 11, 2005
Fondest memory: 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
Updated Jan 22, 2004
Favorite thing: 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.
Written Feb 25, 2003
Favorite thing: 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)
Written Feb 25, 2003