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Liechtenstein

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile
This is a country known mostly for its royal family and its wealth per capita. Since this small territory (15 miles long and 7.5 miles wide) is not far from France (just on the other side of Switzerland), why not go and discover the hills and valleys of this destination full of history. If you are tired of old market towns and fortified castles, go for the trio cheese-mountain pasture-grapes: there is nothing better than having a good meal after a hike, and the wine here is good, what better reason is there to travel to Liechtenstein?

Our Editorial team's advice

Do not miss spending some time or eating in one of the historic inns, like the Gasthof Löwen in Vaduz: built in 1380, it is the most ancient in Liechtenstein.
To see: Funkensonntag festival. The first Sunday of Lent, to celebrate the end of winter and chase away bad spirits. Inhabitants in each village burn an immense wooden pillar topped by a straw witch. There is a competition among the villages for the highest pillar.

pros

  • +Those who love hiking and skiing will enjoy its alpine setting. Liechtenstein has 250 miles of hiking trails. From a quiet walk along the Rhine to the difficult ascent of the Naafkopf (8,430 feet), there is every level of difficulty!
  • +The country's political stability and the banks' absolute discretion makes Liechtenstein a renowned banking centre.

cons

  • -Due to its small size, Liechtenstein offers little distractions except those on the mountain.
  • -Liechtenstein is among the most expensive countries in the world. Choose mid-seasons (April-May and September-October), less tourists, thus less expensive.

Food

Liechtenstein cuisine is very similar to Swiss cuisine with few Austrian tonalities. The Kasknopfle, small cheese balls, is one of the country's specialties. You also have excellent wines, including the Vaduzer (red wine). No excess, for laws on drinking and driving are very strict.

Souvenirs

Liechtenstein is known for its postage stamps, wine, hand-painted pottery and ceramics and marble-crafted objects from Balzner.
Shops open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM and from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Saturday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Souvenir shops in Vaduz also open on Sunday and public holidays, from April to October.