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Europe » Liechtenstein
June 25th 2000
Published: April 15th 2007EDIT THIS ENTRY

When looking at an overall map of Europe, you'd probably skip right over the tiny, landlocked country of Liechtenstein. Bordered by Switzerland to the West and Austria to the East, it's one of the smallest independent sovereign states in Europe. The country is only about 16 miles long and 4 miles wide. From Zurich, Switzerland I chose to take a day trip to the capital city of Vaduz. It's really quite simple. Just an hour train ride to the city of Sargans, SW and then a 30 minute bus ride on to Vaduz.

Upon arriving in the capital, I was surprised to see that the drop off point was right in front of the Post Office and not a station. I picked up a city map and started exploring. The only information I had heard regarding Vaduz was that it's a small town overlooked by a castle atop a hill. The castle is Schloss Vaduz which was named after the town and is the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. It can be reached by car, but for a nice, short hike I recommend the clearly marked trail up to the top. It offers some great views of the town and the surrounding mountains. Although generally closed to the public, the castle is open at certain times of the year.

Walking around Vaduz is actually quite peaceful. There are tourists, but it's such a small number that it's really not a problem at all. In fact, unlike many other European towns, you can hear the relaxing sound of chirping birds when walking down the town's streets.

The city center is located right by Town Hall. It's where you'll find many shops and restaurants as well as the tourist information booth. From there, you can take a bus tour or for those who would like a souvenir in their passport, a fee of 2 Swiss Francs pays for the country stamp.

All of the main attractions in Vaduz can be reached on foot. These include the Rotes Haus or (Red House) which is the oldest in town and sits in front of one of Vaduzs' many wine vineyards. Walking south on Stadtle Street, you'll find both the Art Gallery and the Postage Stamp Museum. St. Florin Cathedral is located in the most southern part of town and is also next to the school of music and the Regierungsgebaude (Government Building).

Perhaps the most popular souvenir from Liechtenstein is the country's postage stamps. Being the small country that it is, these stamps are sought after by collectors worldwide. The local shops sell a huge variety of both year and images. Check out the Postage Stamp Museum for a quick history lesson on the Postal Industry of Liechtenstein and its neighbors.

Whether spending just one afternoon or multiple days in Liechtenstein, it's a nice country to visit. Although it doesn't boast a huge number of attractions, it does have unique sites, and like neighboring countries, the landscape is beautiful.

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16th February 2008

I surely did enjoy reading this article as it was quite clear the author was able to not only appeciate the quiet beauty of such a place but to also convey it.
22nd March 2008

im doin a proj. on lich. and it was quite helpful
9th November 2008

Love the photos. I am visiting a friend in Zurich in 2 weeks and even though it is winter, I wanted to make the most of my visit so will definitely check out Vaduz. Can't wait actually!! Thanks for the article, really helpful. xx
15th April 2009

ive been to Liechtenstien, well drove through it, but i had to do a projst on it and this helped... thanks
10th September 2009

nice country
nice weahter of this country
20th September 2009

Dear All, I will arrive at lichtenstein at 9/28 from Budapest, would you please tell me train time every day, and which nice hostel near train stain? Many thanks for your help! Kind Regards, Ellan
17th October 2009

Family ancestry
A cousin of mine who lives in europe has traced our Ehry family back to Mauren, Lichtenstein. These pictures give me a wonderful insight as to how my early relatives lived and the country that they lived in. I still can find Mauren on the internet, but the pictures are beautiful! Thank you Cliff Ehry
22nd October 2009

Within my last visit to Lichenstien last week, which is the first ,I really discover it is out of the world I don't know how to express my admiration, I kept silence just watching every thing attentively, enjoying and testing the beauty of this country and the nice people there, I talk to my self, why I'm not one of them, its a hope, and hope may come true. God bless your home.
16th November 2009

i am also doing a project on lich and this atually helped me alot
13th January 2010

the best
i can truly say that it was amazing
13th March 2010

Great place
I really enjoyed visiting Lictenstein. A place I could live.
26th April 2010

cool views
theses are really great pics if lichenstein and there most likely is better ones out there
24th February 2011

These photos are fantastic great blog

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