A tiny principality nestled between Austria and Switzerland, Liechtenstein offers a whole lot more to travellers than its small size would have you think. Read on for a full guide to Liechtenstein!
Probably one of the most rare passport stamps around, travelling to Liechtenstein gives you serious bragging rights. But with year-round alpine attractions including sports and Alpine trails, Liechtenstein is no novelty travel destination!
Many of the walks on offer in Liechtenstein are suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities, making the stunning views accessible to everyone. Come wintertime, some of the best ski slopes around are to be found in Malbun. You’ll also find a mini-golf course here (for summertime use only of course) and you’ll find it hard to beat the stunning Swiss Alps as your backdrop. Liechtenstein is also known for its wine – as you’ll see from the gorgeous shot above.
Vaduz, the capital, is easily navigable on foot, with most attractions within easy walking distance. But there are also busses for those wanting to watch the world go by!
- Liechtenstein is the only country to lie entirely within the Alps.
- Liechtenstein is a principality… so that means it has a prince! Hans-Adam II to be exact. He lives in Vaduz Castle, above the capital Vaduz. And he’s a wealthy chap, with an estimated personal fortune of over $5 billion.
- Liechtenstein’s citizens enjoy one of the world’s highest standards of living.
- Liechtenstein has more registered companies that it does citizens.
- The country has one of the world’s lowest crime rates, with a police force totalling just 125 employees.
- Liechtenstein is one of the few countries in the world without a military.
- In March 2007, a 170-person Swiss infantry unit accidentally crossed 1.5 km into Liechtenstein territory, causing what you might call an ‘accidental invasion.’ No-one appeared to notice, but the Swiss Army informed Liechtenstein anyway and offered official apologies.
See Liechtenstein in all its Alpine glory on the Ultimate Europe tour.