Explore Liechtenstein – One of the Smallest Countries in the World

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1 liechtenstein-05Liechtenstein is the sixth smallest country in the world and lies entirely within the Alps. The country is in Central Europe and bordered by Austria to the east and north and by Switzerland to the west and south. Vaduz is the capital and Schaan is the biggest town in Liechtenstein. This scenic and unique country offers great hiking and road biking and is home to ninety kilometers of marked bicycle paths.
Liechtenstein is very mountainous and the highest point is Grauspitz. The Grauspitz is a mountain in the Rätikon range of the Alps, located on the border between Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The magnificent Grauspitz lies between the beautiful valleys of Fläscher Tal (south) and Lawenatal (north). Both sides of the mountain are in the basin of the Rhine. The river flows approximately 7 kilometers west of Grauspitz.
The Alps (Malbun)
2 Liechtenstein_mountain_sceneryLiechtenstein’s cold winters with frequent snow make it a popular ski destination. Malbun is a small and pleasant place for a wide range of winter activities, including skiing. The town lies behind the southern Alpine ridge near Saminatal Valley. The Rhine River and the mountains covered in snow is a spectacular view.
You can glide down the snowy hills through kilometers of idyllic nature. The Malbi Park Kinderland is located in the center of the ski area and is great for children to either improve their skills or to take their fist turns on the snow.
Exploring the country by challenging the 400 kilometer network of hiking trails is one of the most popular activities among locals and visitors in Liechtenstein during the summer months.
Great Sightseeing in Vaduz
3 Vaduz LiechtensteinThe capital of Liechtenstein is rather small and one can easily explore the city by foot. To learn more about the history of this country, you can visit the Landesmuseum. The Postmuseum displays the postal history and the KunstMuseum, designed by the Swiss architects Meinrad Morger, offers an interesting collection of modern and contemporary art in Vaduz.
The Liechtenstein National Museum at Stadtle 43, Vaduz (phone: +423 239 68 20) offers a wide collection of exhibits for all walks of life. The museum offers many activities for children, especially during the festive season.
The most prominent landmark in Vaduz is the castle. The Vaduz Castle is the home of the reigning prince and overlooks the city from the hills that surround it. The Castle has been the permanent residence of the Princely Family since 1938 and is not accessible to the public. You can enjoy breathtaking views from the surrounding area by walking up to the castle. The Cathedral of Saint Florin is also a popular tourist attraction, displaying various periods of architecture.
The Red House
4 Vaduz Red HouseWhile walking around the Mitteldorf area, you should see the Red House. You will be able to see the building from a distance, because it is built on a mountain. The Red House is a gabled stairs structure with a large tower containing living quarters. Since 1807 the building has been in the possession of the Rheinberger family. Egon Rheinberger – a famous painter, sculptor and architect from Liechtenstein – extended the Red House between 1902 and 1905.
If you are in the center of Vaduz, referred to by locals as “Städtle”, ensure to visit Old Castle Inn at Aeulestrasse 22, or phone +423 232 10 65. The restaurant offers good authentic food at reasonable prices. The Old Castle Inn has a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere.
Fables from Liechtenstein
The long tradition of fables and legends were passed on from generation to generation. The fables include Golden Boos (one of the best-known legends in the country), The Guschg Herdsmen’s Doll, The Hound of Santamerta, The Three Sisters and The White Horse of Lochgass and The Three Sisters.
5 The Three Sisters LiechtensteinThe Three Sisters is Liechtenstein’s most famous legend. Three sisters went up to Gafadura, above the village of Planken, to pick berries for the Feast of the Assumption (15 August). The church bells were announcing the holy feast and were also calling all the worshippers to church. The one sister wanted to go to church, but the other two sisters said that the baskets had to be full of berries before they could return to the village.
It was only towards the end of the afternoon that the baskets were full and the three sisters started to walk home. A beautiful woman asked them for some berries as they were heading home and the sisters were reluctant to give her any. They said that people who wanted berries should pick them themselves.
A halo appeared around the beautiful woman’s head. She said: “You have dishonored my holy day and refused my request. Your hearts are of stone. Therefore, as punishment, you shall be turned to stone and remain here forever.” The sisters were transformed into huge rocks, which from that day on, became known as the Three Sisters.
Visa Requirements for Liechtenstein
Switzerland and Liechtenstein share the same entry requirements. The provisions concerning persons requiring visas are identical. Individuals requiring Liechtenstein visa may submit an application to the Swiss representation in their country of residence. The Swiss authorities decide on the request.

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