Liechtenstein: attractions of a small country

The inhabitants of Liechtenstein themselves call their homeland the small country and its capital, Vaduz, the small city. And is that we are talking about one of the smallest territories in Europe, with 160 km2, and the sixth smallest country in the world. Dimensions that are not impediment to find numerous attractions on its surface.

Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein

Vaduz is the main reference city in Liechtenstein. It contains some of the emblems of this Central European principality, which has borders with Austria and Switzerland. Undoubtedly Vaduz's great attraction is its castle, built in the Middle Ages, but that today is very modified by the reforms that were carried out during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Vaduz Castle -Boris Stroujko

In addition to visiting the castle, in Vaduz it is also essential to walk through its old town, excellently well preserved.

At numerous taverns and restaurants open their doors to taste its local cuisine, which logically is closely related to those of its Swiss and Austrian neighbors. But in Liechtenstein, in addition to tasty beers, excellent wines are also produced.

On the other hand, in Vaduz you can visit two of the great museums. On the one hand, the Liechtenstein Art Museum, located in a modern built building that houses one of the oldest private art collections on the continent. And on the other hand is the Philatelic Museum or Briefmarkenmuseum, one of the national treasures that brings together fans of stamps from all over the world.

Other attractive cities of Liechtenstein

The great advantage of the Principality of Liechtenstein is that we stay where we stay, all the attractions of the country are close. For example, the city of Balzers with its Castle of Gutemberg and the Chapel of San Pedro are only 8 kilometers from the capital. And the Roman ruins that are preserved in the most populous city in the country, Schaan, are about 3 kilometers north.

Gutemberg Castle in Balzers - Miguel Cabezón

Other interesting places are the picturesque villages of Bendern, Mauren or Rugell, all very close. Or the cities of Triesen or Plaken, both possessors of historical hulls full of ancient monuments in which bourgeois mansions or religious chapels abound.

Liechtenstein, an alpine country

But if the urban centers of Liechtenstein are cultural attractions of great interest, we must not forget that This country is a mountainous territory in the heart of the Alpine mountain range.

Sports and nature tourism meet here throughout the year. While in summer the landscape becomes the ideal place to practice sports such as hiking, in winter, skiing, in its different modalities, is the undisputed king.

The Alps in Liechtenstein - lucarista

In this way, In winter a highly valued destination in Liechtenstein is Malbun. There is the main alpine ski resort in the country and buses depart constantly from the capital to this area in the southwest of the principality. While if you prefer to practice Nordic or cross-country skiing the most appropriate place is Steg.

"It is no more who gets taller, but he who is influenced by the beauty that surrounds him, feels more intensely."

-Maurice Herzog-

If the trip to Liechtenstein is in summer and you want to travel the mountain paths you have to go to Triesenberg. There, sports in nature and landscape photographs are combined with the visit to this city, where there is an amazing museum of contemporary art.

Triesenberg - Marekusz

Curiosities of the Principality of Liechtenstein

The peculiar feudal history of this territory that made it a sovereign state today and its geographical situation within the European continent has made it have certain peculiarities that it is essential to know before traveling there. On the one hand It is a territory whose official language is German, although it is a very own Germanic dialect.

Liechtenstein - g215

And on the other hand, it is not a state of the European Union and therefore its official currency is not the euro, but the Swiss franc. However, it is a country that is attached to the European Economic Area. A category that does not have Switzerland, with which it shares currency and with which it had to redefine its customs policy.

But if there is something that does unite these two peculiar alpine countries, it is that both Liechtenstein and Switzerland are, in practice, tax havens within the richest area of ​​the continent.

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