Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

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  • Day103

    We were on a high after the Rheinfall visit so with a spare 4 or so hours off we went to Liechtenstein, a 25km-long principality between Austria and Switzerland. It is a doubly landlocked German-speaking microstate and a constitutional monarchy headed by the Prince of Liechtenstein. The capital, Vaduz, a cultural and financial center, is home to Vaduz Castle, the palace and official residence of the Prince.Read more

  • Day195

    Another busy day today - we're blasting as quick as we can through the rest of Switzerland! Fairly early departure from Zuoz, heading north again out of the mountains. After about two hours driving through progressively smaller mountains and wider valleys we arrived at our first stop, the mountain country of Liechtenstein.

    This is definitely small enough to be called a micro-country, it's only about 200sqkm in area and with a population of 37,000 - about the same as Thirroul! We stopped in the capital city, Vaduz, where the Prince's castle stands on a cliff-top above the main town. You can't go inside as it's still their main residence, though these days the country is a constitutional monarchy with the Prince as just a figurehead. Good views from nearby though!

    Drove down into the main part of town, and here you really notice that it's the second-wealthiest country on earth in terms of GDP per capita (only Monaco is higher). Lots of brand new luxury cars, everyone dressed sharply in designer suits and dresses, prices quite high as well. We bought our lunch from the Co-op supermarket and ate at a small park in the bus station! Wandered up and down the main pedestrian mall but it was basically all super-expensive boutiques and luxury chains like Hermes and Rolex, so after an hour or so we hopped back in the car and drove off. Good to tick it off at least!

    Next stop for the day was the Swiss city of St Gallen to the north-west, heading up towards the German border. Here was our only UNESCO stop for the day, at the Abbey of St Gall. This was a supremely important medieval monastery, with one of the largest libraries in Europe. Something like 140,000 documents in the collection, and over 400 of those are from pre-1000 which is quite crazy. Also the earliest known still-surviving architectural drawing, a layout plan of an ideal monastery (which was never built).

    Spent a couple of hours going around here, though outside of the library where we couldn't film, there wasn't a whole lot to see. Ah well.

    Back in the car where we headed further north to our digs for the night, a shepherd's hut in someone's backyard! Quite roomy, and they had a large "natural" swimming pool in the backyard, so we jumped in after ducking out for dinner supplies. Cooked up some Bavarian sausages for dinner which was quite good - first time in a long time that we've cooked something other than pasta or pizza! And lucky we're going to Italy in a few days!
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  • Day91

    In the afternoon we drove south into the Principality of 🇱🇮 Liechtenstein to Vaduz which is the capital and also where the Royal Palace is.

  • Day112

    Travelling along the Deutsches Alpenstrasse we crossed the border to Austria. In itself it was hardly noticeable but there were a few changes, such as the more variable speed limits.

    The Alps, some of them snowcapped, rose up around us, peaks emerging from a layer of low cloud that dislocated them from the land. We travelled a little way along Bodensee shore; somewhere we'd probably seen looking over the lake from Germany the previous day. Eventually we drove in to the cloud and after a while, emerged the other side to see bare cliff faces topped with pines.

    We quickly reached Liechtenstein, the world's 6th smallest country. Because it is not in the Schengen zone, there were armed guards at customs but they waved us through without requiring us to stop.

    The road to the capital city Vaduz, took us through a flat valley floor with mountains rising up to the left, the right and ahead of us. There was a string of villages that seemed to meld into one but we shortly arrived in the capital and parked up out of town at a large stadium car park that was free as it was the weekend.

    Walking in to the capital 'city' we strolled past cattle with their cow bells chiming and over a few tree lined streams. In a country only 30km long Vaduz had city status but it appeared more like a town to our eyes. Its one outstanding feature was 'His Serene Highness Prince Hans Adam II's castle perched on a cliff above the city.

    We wanted to get about £50 worth of Franks out of the bank but unfortunately got muddled with the exchange rate (near enough the same as Euros) and ended up getting about £180 out :(

    It didn't take us long to explore the town and we found ourselves a table outside the Engel Restaurant opposite the Rathaus. The sky was a clear blue and it was very warm in the sun. We enjoyed lunch and a glass of Liechtenstein beer. The restaurant had wifi and we were in range of the city wifi which was a welcome discovery after the connection difficulties we'd had in Germany.

    On the way out of town we accidentally crossed over the Rhein (which was a beautiful aquamarine) and found ourselves in Switzerland! We hastily turned back, 3 countries in one day was quite enough so Switzerland would have to wait.

    Driving into a country, it is often the on-road differences you notice first. Lichtenstein had yellow zebra crossings, horizontal as well as vertical traffic lights and black number plates with the country symbol of FL on them (the country being too small to be divided up in to regions).

    There was only one Liechtenstein stopover in the Bord Atlas. Triesenberg was less than 7km away but we needed to again drive up 7 hairpin bends. We were getting worried it didn't exist as there had been no signs and the sat nav directed us off the main road onto a steep single track street. Just as we were giving up hope we saw a laminated image of a motorhome taped to a free standing letterbox. It turned out the stopover was on someone's driveway! The main road came to a dead end 9km after the stopover so it was very peaceful. We spent a quiet evening enjoying listening to donkeys eeaawing, cow bells and church bells chiming and the occasional dog barking. The sun went down early behind the tall mountains and a few hours later the moon came up surrounded by a wide arc, like a faint colourless rainbow disappearing behind the high black mountain horizon.
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  • Day64

    I've had 2 weeks off from blogging - did you miss me ❓

    Made my way into Liechtenstein, I'd booked into a little mountain village just outside of Vaduz which is the capital. I was hoping for a cute little relaxing village, and from the pics you can see thats what I got. The country side just gets more and more scenic, and the roads more and more windy (as in curves) - just keeps getting better.

    One thing I will say, the schnitzell in Austria, Liechtenstein (and Switzerland) are a lot tastier/better than those at home. Only downside to this little country, damn it's expensive, even in the slower summer season.

    Fact: Liechtenstein is only one of 2 countries that is double land-locked.

    Cheers for now
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  • Day47

    We stopped for lunch in the capital city of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, and ticked another country off the list.

    The was a small car show going on, so I snapped a few photos of the entrants. It was a fairly sleepy visit, but there was some excitement when a tourist decided they wanted a photo of themselves inside one of the convertibles... The doors were locked, but she didn't see that as a deterrent, unlocked it and climbed in. One of the organizers saw this happen and proceeded to tell and wave his arms in an attempt to get his point across that that was not allowed, she conveniently got the message after her husband got the photo.

    Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in the world, but the drive through was gorgeous!
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  • Day16

    Crossed a border yet again, this time into the small country of Liechtenstein. It has an area of just over 160 square kilometers, and an estimated population of 37,000.

    Very quite being a Sunday and was through the country in a flash.

  • Day6

    Wir erleben so viel Menschlichkeit.
    Der Besitzer des Hotels Linde hat uns durch seinen Freund ein Pfadfinderhaus zum übernachten besorgt. Aber noch besser: wir sind auch zum Abendessen nochmal eingeladen!
    Es ist der Wahnsinn wie nett er ist.

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