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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

  • ... bzw. unsere Mägen. Wir kriegen ein kaltes Getränk und einen Cheeseburger gratis. Sogar ein Eis gibt's noch dazu und eine organisierte Unterkunft.
    Wahnsinnig nett!
    Wir haben jetzt unsere Rucksäcke im Hotel gelassen und laufen ohne weiter zu unserem Ziel, Vaduz.

  • Nachdem wir am Pax-Denkmal auf dem Walenberg waren, sind wir nach Liechtenstein. Unspektakulär. Außer schöne Autokennzeichen und neue Architektur, wurde uns nicht viel geboten. Das lag aber auch einfach an dem Wetter. Schon auf dem Walenberg hoch war die Fahrt mehr als schwierig, da wir bescheidene Sehverhältnisse hatten. Bis wir auf 1400 m waren, hat es sehr lange gedauert. Nun stehen wir, in Deutschland, im Stau und steuern den Bodensee an. Leider ist es auch hier nur 18 Grad kalt.Read more

  • Wir haben den Ortseingang von Vaduz erreicht. Es ist tatsächlich geschafft. Jetzt sind wir alle erleichtert und froh.