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Liechtenstein - across the country within a weekend

Liechtenstein, Europe, Landscape overview

How many of us have tried disarming sense that the time spent in a foreign country will never be enough to know it all? This would be true for a normal country, but the old continent, holds enough rich pieces of land, material and spiritual, to be independent countries, and offers the advantage to be covered within hours. In addition to the real economy of time, you will have the opportunity to find that a weekend will be enough to "stir" every corner of the country. Liechtenstein is part of the success among microstates, but this feature is only a small part of its charm.

Dwarf between giants.

Bordered by Austria and Switzerland, Liechtenstein is, along with Uzbekistan, a country continental in all power of the word, since to reach the sea, you have to cross the borders of other two countries. And the features do not end here. It is the only country that has the German official language, without the border with Germany, although the influence is not hard to understand the historical context and geographical location. While neighboring countries exert influence, not be neglected on the economy, culture and transport, people are very proud of this small country of their origin and there is no greater mistake than from a tourist to confuse them with the Swiss, Austrians or Germans. If you are German speaking, you must be prepared to converse in a dialect of German, Swiss variant rather close or Austrian. The foreign language spoken is English, followed by French.

A Brief History

Currently regarded as a tax haven because of low taxes, Liechtenstein's, under the scepter of Prince Hans-Adam II, has not always fate of Fortune, on his side. Remnant of the former Roman Empire, the little territory for several centuries was removed from the map of political interests, the role of the European scene, being a minor one. Before the reign of the current dynasty, the land was enfeoff Counts of Hohenems. Liechtenstein dynasty, from the tiny principality has inherited the name, came from the southern part of Austria, and Liechtenstein resided in the castle, family owned from 1140 until the thirteenth century, recovered later in 1807. Enjoying the status of advisers of the Habsburg family members could take over Liechtenstein under the vassalage vast territories, they would increase the influence and wealth. Without the necessary basic skills to qualify in the race for the throne of the empire, the family received in 1699 and 1712, rights over the Schellenberg and Vaduz regions. Little country would go down in history on January 23, 1719, when King Charles VI declared, Vaduz and Schellenberg regions, united, rising to the rank of principal, under the name of Liechtenstein, in honor of or devoted servant Anton Florian of Liechtenstein. In 1806, the state found themselves under the direct influence of the French emperor, Napoleon I, which led to the collapse of imperial mechanisms, legal and political needs of Liechtenstein. Prince remained a vassal of the king leading to dissolution of the French Confederation of 19 October 1813. Soon after, he joined the Confederation of German principality of June 20, 1815 until August 24, 1866, chaired by the Emperor of Austria.

During the Second World War, Liechtenstein remained neutral, and therefore safety treasures of countries involved in war was given little principality. At the end of the war, the country offered asylum to a group of 500 Russian soldiers who collaborated with German forces. Was an act of sacrifice on the part of Liechtenstein given the limited size and resources of the country. In contrast, Britain has repatriated the Russians who fought alongside the Germans during the war, an episode that ended with their extermination in the Russian gulag. Neutrality has not prevented Czechoslovakia and Poland, after the division of territories to the table, to expropriate lands of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia belonging to Liechtenstein, which acts from the political relations of these countries, have been strained. In the decades that followed this black episode in history, an independent principality had a thriving prosperity due to reduced taxes policy that has attracted many foreign companies, reaching that far, the number of corporate headquarters to exceed that of the inhabitants. While the Prince of Liechtenstein occupies sixth place in a top of the richest men of the world population - which is higher than the average European city - enjoy one of the highest living standards.

Time for Culture

Located in the shadow of great culture, Principality wishes to retain its distinctive note which makes it attractive in the eyes of tourists. After all, not every country can be accessed from start to finish in a few hours...

In terms of museums, the most important are found in the capital Vaduz, a city which houses more than 5,000 inhabitants. Among them, stands by far Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, which houses important collections of modern and contemporary art, classical and international collections. Avant-garde design of the museum - a black box constructed of concrete and black basalt - was developed by two Swiss architects who have not left out, the logistics function, providing generous underground parking basement. Those who wish to deepen the principality's history should visit the National History Museum, near which is a ski museum.
Private collection of art belonging to the Prince of Liechtenstein is provided to public admiration, but to see it will have to make a raid in Vienna, where it is exposed in the Liechtenstein Museum. As the history that we are given outdoors would recommend Vaduz Castle, a medieval fortress that has undergone significant changes in the XVI and XVII, Red House, another medieval building which became the emblem of the capital Vaduz and whose tower added during reconstruction can be seen from afar, Gutenberg castle and the ruins of Schellenberg. The advantage is that you will not have to waste precious time between destinations.

Time to relax

On chapter entertainment, things can sit by itself for the benefit of tourists that visit the country during one of the festivals taking place throughout the year: Farmers Fair, flea bazaar, traditional New Year celebrations or "Guitar Days". If you have a car available, the most effective (and cheaper) to visit the country is through tourist trains that start in the capital Vaduz.

Explanations for tourists are available in 14 languages, to not lose valuable information about the objectives covered. Moreover, public transport is very effective in Liechtenstein, is widely used by both locals and the tourists, attracted by low price subscriptions. If you want to experience the sensation of a kingdom comprising all eyes is enough to climb to the village Triesenberg.

Another pleasant way to spend time, if the weather will look merciful, is to cover the entire country on a bicycle, which takes several hours, depending on how often stops. In this chapter, connoisseurs say that there will be frequent, because the landscapes are breathtaking capable, more powerful than physical effort made in this journey, worthy of a team of scouts. All the exercise I could include skiing, although many would agree with the fact that this activity is very pleasant for those who master the art of Slaloms snow. The slope of Malbun is indicated, the favorite of those who choose to practice skiing in Liechtenstein.

Useful info

• You will be surprised to know that there are few restaurants in Liechtenstein, and if the version of McDonald's who is popular in the area will not smile, you can opt for a delicious snack at one of the small local bakeries, which sell only fresh produce.
• The official currency is the Swiss franc, but if you do not have time to go to a home exchange is good to know that in general, the euro is accepted, but in a rather unfavorable exchange rate for tourists. Unfortunately, Swiss influence is not just the money, but at high prices, which is about the same level with neighboring, more expensive than other European countries.
• As for restaurants, number of hotels is low, while prices are higher than those in neighboring countries. Many tourists opt for accommodation in Feldkirck, Austria, a town which lies close enough to not be a disadvantage.
• As you can guess, Liechtenstein does not have its own airport. The nearest is in Zurich, Switzerland, at 115 kilometers away. Another option is the airport of Friedrichshafen, Germany, used by airlines engaged in low-cost flights. Special buses connect the various localities, and the prices they practice, are more than acceptable. Rail transport is provided by Austrian Railways, linking Austria and Switzerland via Liechtenstein. Probably the most effective way to get in Liechtenstein remains the car, but attention should be paid to the mountains. Before you travel it is advisable to inform the visa, because after holding a national referendum, Liechtenstein refused to join the European Union.


• Despite the high standard of living, the female population of Liechtenstein and has earned the right to vote only in 1984.
• The population of the principality is very proud of his origins, so that any confusion with any of the neighboring populations will not be seen with good eyes, is also desirable to avoid discussions on political issues and especially the critical opinions on the monarchy, as Prince Hans-Adam II is a popular political figure in the population;
• Although the performance on winter sports athletes is not uncommon, Liechtenstein is the country with the most medals per capita - 9 medals in alpine skiing.