Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein_flagLiechtenstein is a small country that is located between Switzerland and Austria. It is technically “The Principality of Liechtenstein,” so it is a leftover of the many small states that made up the Holy Roman Empire.

Land Locked

It has the distinction of being one of the only two doubly-landlocked countries in the world, Uzbekistan being the other. This means that the countries that surround Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria, are themselves landlocked.

Liechtenstein is also the only country that is set entirely in the Alps. It is a beautiful country of mountains, forests and castles. Vaduz Castle sits high on a mountain looking down on the capital city of Vaduz. The castle is also home to the current Prince of Liechtenstein.

Liechtenstein Trade and Banking

But Liechtenstein is not just about scenery. It is also an important centre of trade and banking. Although it is a small country with limited natural resources, it is a very prosperous country, and its citizens enjoy a very high quality of life and standard of living.

Liechtenstein Airport

Liechtenstein has no airport, but visitors will find that it is easy to get to by train, bus or car. Once inside the city, tourists can use the very handy public bus and its seven day unlimited use pass. Biking is also a fun way to explore the country.

Vaduz

Vaduz is the capital city and it’s here that visitors will find the Castle, a cathedral, the Liechtenstein Kunstmuseum and many shops, restaurants and hotel accommodations. The Castle is not open to the public, but it is a pleasant and easy walk up the hill to get a closer look at the home of the royal family.

Gothic Castles

Tourists who are interested in castles will want to check out the city of Balzers. There is a very picturesque Gothic castle up on a hill, and in the town there is a pretty church.

There are other nice views in Liechtenstein worth looking for. Since biking and hiking are popular, visitors can leisurely travel the length of the country and discover these views and at the same time stumble on pleasant villages and inns along the way. Driving up on the side of the mountain provides a spectacular view over Vaduz and the rest of the country.

Winter time brings many other opportunities to enjoy what Liechtenstein has to offer. Liechtenstein has its own ski resort called Malbun. This is a small resort, but it is more affordable than some of the other bigger resorts in the Alps, and it offers both winter and summer activities.

Winter Sports

It is known as a family-friendly village partly because of its traffic-calming measures. In the winter there is downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledging, and lessons at the winter sports school. There are also 14 km of footpaths, and even a museum devoted to skiing.

In summer there is hiking and biking, and, for children, there is the Pet Donkey Zoo. There are also many different kinds of birds to be seen at the Galina Falconry Centre in Malbun.

Liechtenstein offers many things for adults and children to see and do, both in the winter and in the summer.

Lednice_Castle_Liechtenstein

Lednice Castle

 

Vaduz Castle Liechtenstein

Vaduz Castle

 

About Edward

Edward Alan Kurtz is an American writer. He specializes in writing works of fiction and non-fiction for children, as well as travel books and articles. Mr. Kurtz was born in Pennsylvania and completed several university degrees. He lived for many years in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives and writes in Thailand.

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