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LIECHTENSTEIN TRAVEL GUIDE

The Principality of Liechtenstein is a small, alpine German-speaking country doubly landlocked by Switzerland and Austria known for its medieval castles, alpine landscapes and villages linked by a network of trails. It is the last remnant of the Holy Roman Empire and an independent nation with very close ties to Switzerland. It enjoys a very high standard of living and is home to some incredibly beautiful mountain scenery. The principality's capital, Vaduz, is mainly a modern city and a major centre of commerce and international banking.

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  • Capital: Vaduz
  • Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
  • Area: 160 km2
  • Population:38 749 (2020)
  • Language: German (official), Alemannic dialect
  • Religion:Roman Catholic 76.2%, Protestant 7%, unknown 10.6%, other 6.2% (June 2002)
  • Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug)
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BEST TIME TO VISIT LIECHTENSTEIN

The best time to visit Liechtenstein depends on what you would like to do during your trip. The country experiences a temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. The summer months of June to August are the warmest and driest, making them the best time to visit if you plan on outdoor activities such as hiking and sightseeing. If you prefer cooler weather, the spring and fall months of April to May and September to October are pleasant and less crowded. The winter months of November to March can be cold and snowy, and many outdoor activities may be limited, but it can be a good time to visit for skiing and winter sports.

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LIECHTENSTEIN WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Liechtenstein has a continental climate, i.e., the weather varies considerably over the course of the year. Cold, Cloudy Winters With Frequent Snow Or Rain; Cool To Moderately Warm, Cloudy, Humid Summers.

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SNOW SPORT IN LIECHTENSTEIN

The winter snow sports season in Liechtenstein starts late November and lasts until the end of March. The best snow is usually from mid January to mid March.

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The best time for outdoor activities in Liechtenstein is from June to October although you can expect a few rainy downpours during the months of June to August.

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The winter snow sports season in Liechtenstein starts late November and lasts until the end of March. The best snow is usually from mid January to mid March.

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HEALTH RISKS IN LIECHTENSTEIN

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

LIECHTENSTEIN TRAVEL COSTS

The cost of traveling to Liechtenstein will vary depending on factors such as your mode of transportation, accommodation, and activities. Here are some estimates to give you an idea:

  • Airfare: Round-trip flights from major cities in Europe to Zurich, Switzerland, which is the nearest major airport to Liechtenstein, can cost anywhere from $50 to $500, depending on the season and the class of travel.
  • Transportation: If you are arriving in Zurich, you will need to take a train or bus to Liechtenstein. A one-way train ticket from Zurich to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, costs around $20.
  • Accommodation: The cost of accommodation in Liechtenstein ranges from budget-friendly options like hostels and guesthouses, which can cost around $50 per night, to more luxurious options like hotels and resorts, which can cost $100 or more per night.
  • Food and Entertainment: Eating out in Liechtenstein can cost between $15 and $30 per meal. The country has also many activities like hiking, skiing and visiting the museums, and it will depend on the activity and the type of ticket.
  • Other expenses: You should also budget for other expenses like transportation within the country, souvenirs, and other incidentals.

Keep in mind that these are estimates, and the actual cost will vary depending on your specific travel plans and the level of luxury you prefer.

 

Here is an example of estimated costs for a 3-day trip to Liechtenstein:

  • Airfare: Round-trip flights from major cities in Europe to Zurich, Switzerland, can cost around $300.
  • Transportation: A one-way train ticket from Zurich to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, costs around $20. If you plan to travel around the country, you can purchase a half-fare card that cost around $35 for 3 days.
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a budget-friendly hotel or guesthouse can cost around $150.
  • Food and Entertainment: Eating out for 3 days can cost around $90.
  • Activities: Visiting the Vaduz Castle cost around $8, and visiting the National Museum of Liechtenstein cost around $6.
  • Other expenses: You should also budget for other expenses like souvenirs and other incidentals.

Total: around $600- $700 depending on the level of luxury you prefer. This is an estimated cost, and the actual cost may vary depending on your specific travel plans and personal preferences.

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LIECHTENSTEIN TRAVEL TIPS

Here are some travel tips for Liechtenstein:

  • Currency: Liechtenstein uses the Swiss franc as its currency, so you will need to have Swiss francs on hand when visiting.
  • Transportation: Liechtenstein is a small country, so it is easy to get around by bus or train. The bus system is efficient and inexpensive, and it connects most towns and villages. You can also rent a bike or walk to explore the country.
  • Accommodation: You can find a wide range of accommodation options in Liechtenstein, from budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses to more luxurious hotels and resorts. Booking in advance is recommended, especially during peak season.
  • Weather: Liechtenstein has a temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. Be prepared for the weather conditions, and bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Activities: Liechtenstein offers many activities like hiking, skiing and visiting the museums. There are many hiking trails in the country, including the scenic Malbun-Sareis trail. Liechtenstein also has a good ski resort, Malbun, that offers both downhill and cross-country skiing.
  • Language: The official language is German, but many people in Liechtenstein speak English and other languages, so you shouldn't have any trouble communicating.
  • Safety: Liechtenstein is one of the safest countries in the world, and crime is relatively low. However, it is always a good idea to take normal precautions and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Customs: Liechtenstein is a customs union with Switzerland, so there are no customs formalities when entering or leaving the country.
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SIGHTS & HIGHLIGHTS OF LIECHTENSTEIN

Liechtenstein is divided into 11 municipalities, which can be grouped into 3 main regions:

  • Vaduz: This is the capital city of Liechtenstein and the main center for business and politics. It is located in the western part of the country, on the banks of the Rhine River. The main highlights of Vaduz include the Vaduz Castle, which is the residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein, and the Liechtenstein National Museum, which displays the country's history, culture, and art.
  • Schaan: This is the largest municipality in Liechtenstein and it is located in the north of the country. The main highlights of Schaan include the St. Florin Church, which dates back to the 12th century, and the Schaan-Vaduz Trail, which offers beautiful views of the Rhine Valley.
  • Balzers: This is a municipality located in the south of the country, on the border with Switzerland. The main highlight of Balzers is the Burg Gutenberg, which is one of the best-preserved castles in Liechtenstein. It is now a museum that displays the history of the castle and the surrounding area.
  • Triesen: Located in the center of the country, Triesen is famous for its beautiful churches, such as St. Martin's church, as well as its ski resort, Malbun, which is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
  • Triesenberg: This municipality is located in the east of the country, and it is known for its traditional Walser houses and its picturesque mountain scenery.

All regions have its own charm and offer different activities. In general, Liechtenstein is a small country, so it is easy to visit multiple regions during your trip.

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There are many things to see and do when visiting Liechtenstein, here are some of the best:

  • Vaduz Castle: This is the residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein, and it sits atop a hill overlooking the city of Vaduz. The castle is not open for tours, but it is still worth visiting for the beautiful views of the city and the Rhine Valley.
  • Liechtenstein National Museum: This museum is located in Vaduz and it offers an overview of the country's history, culture, and art. It is a great way to learn more about Liechtenstein's past and present.
  • Skiing in Malbun: Liechtenstein has a good ski resort, Malbun, that offers both downhill and cross-country skiing. It's a great destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
  • Hiking: Liechtenstein has many hiking trails, including the scenic Malbun-Sareis trail, which offers beautiful views of the alpine scenery.
  • Visit the Traditional Walser houses: Triesenberg is known for its traditional Walser houses, which are a type of architectural style that originated in the Alps. They are characterized by their wooden construction, sloping roofs, and ornate carvings.
  • Visit the St. Florin Church: This is a Gothic church that dates back to the 12th century, located in the municipality of Schaan. It's a beautiful and historic building that is well worth a visit.
  • Visit the Burg Gutenberg: This is one of the best-preserved castles in Liechtenstein, located in the municipality of Balzers. It is now a museum that displays the history of the castle and the surrounding area.
  • Visit the St. Martin's Church: This is a church located in Triesen, it is considered as one of the most beautiful churches in the country.
  • Visit the Princely Collections: The Princely Collections are located in the heart of Vaduz, it is a museum that showcases the Princely House of Liechtenstein's art and cultural heritage.
  • Visit the Liechtenstein Center: The Liechtenstein Center is a state-of-the-art exhibition and event center in the town of Bendern. It provides an overview of the country's history and culture, as well as its economy and society.
  • Shopping: Liechtenstein has a good selection of shops and boutiques, selling everything from traditional crafts to high-end fashion and jewelry.
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What To Eat

WHAT TO EAT IN LIECHTENSTEIN

WHAT TO EAT IN LIECHTENSTEIN

Liechtenstein has a variety of culinary options, here are some traditional dishes and local specialties you should try when visiting:

  • Käsknöpfle: A traditional dish made of soft, eggy dough dumplings, served with a cheese and onion sauce.
  • Rösti: A traditional Swiss dish made of grated potatoes, fried in butter, similar to hash browns.
  • Älplermagronen: A traditional alpine dish made of macaroni, potatoes, and cream, with caramelized onions and grated cheese on top.
  • Schlutzkrapfen: A type of ravioli filled with spinach and cheese, served with butter and grated cheese.
  • Zürcher Geschnetzeltes: A traditional dish from the Zurich region, it's made of thin slices of veal, sautéed with mushrooms, onions, and a creamy white wine sauce.
  • Raclette: A traditional Swiss dish, it is made by heating a large wheel of cheese and scraping off the melted cheese onto potatoes and other accompaniments.
  • Apfelstrudel: A traditional Austrian and German dish made of sweet dough filled with apples, served warm with vanilla cream or vanilla ice cream.
  • Rivella: A Swiss soft drink made of water, sugar, and a special blend of 13 herbs and spices, it is one of the most popular soft drinks in Liechtenstein.

Keep in mind that Liechtenstein is a small country, and it is situated in the heart of Europe, so you can find a variety of international cuisine options also. It's worth noting that the country has many restaurants and cafes, serving local and international dishes, and it's also a good idea to try some of the local wines and beers, which can be excellent.

LGBTQ IN LIECHTENSTEIN

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Liechtenstein enjoy many, but not all, of the same rights as non-LGBT people. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1989, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation has been outlawed in some areas since 2016. Liechtenstein has recognised registered partnerships since 1 September 2011.

 

Despite Liechtenstein's reputation as a conservative Catholic nation, open and public discrimination against LGBT people is extremely rare and almost completely unheard of and the majority of the population support the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

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WHERE TO STAY IN LIECHTENSTEIN

For a first-time visit to Liechtenstein, it's recommended to base yourself in Vaduz, the capital city, as it offers convenient access to major attractions and amenities in the country. Here's why:


Where To Stay In Vaduz:

Vaduz is the political and cultural center of Liechtenstein, known for its charming Old Town, historic landmarks, and picturesque Alpine scenery.

Explore attractions like Vaduz Castle, the Kunstmuseum (Art Museum), and the Prince's Vineyard.

Budget Accommodations:

  • Hotel Gasthof Löwen: Located in the heart of Vaduz, Hotel Gasthof Löwen offers comfortable and affordable accommodations. It provides simple yet clean rooms, a cozy restaurant serving local cuisine, and a friendly atmosphere.

Mid-Range Accommodations:

  • Hotel Vaduzerhof: Hotel Vaduzerhof is a mid-range hotel situated in the center of Vaduz. It offers modern and spacious rooms with amenities like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. The hotel also features a restaurant serving Swiss and international dishes, as well as a terrace for outdoor dining.

  • Hotel Real: Hotel Real is another mid-range option in Vaduz, offering comfortable accommodations with a touch of elegance. Guests can enjoy well-appointed rooms, a restaurant serving traditional cuisine, and a bar/lounge area for relaxation.

Luxury Accommodations:

  • Park-Hotel Sonnenhof: Park-Hotel Sonnenhof is the epitome of luxury in Vaduz. This five-star hotel offers lavish accommodations with stunning views of the Alps and the Rhine Valley. Guests can indulge in spacious rooms and suites, gourmet dining at the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, and pampering spa treatments.

  • Hotel Residence: Hotel Residence is a boutique luxury hotel located in a quiet area of Vaduz. It offers elegant rooms and suites with upscale amenities, a fine-dining restaurant specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, and a wellness area with a sauna and steam bath.

Tip: Visit Liechtenstein during the summer months (June to August) for pleasant weather and outdoor activities like hiking and cycling, and consider booking accommodations in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.


Additionally, for those interested in exploring the natural beauty and outdoor adventures of Liechtenstein, consider staying in the following regions:


Where To Stay In Malbun:

Malbun is a picturesque mountain village located in the Alps, known for its skiing and hiking opportunities, as well as its stunning alpine landscapes.

  • Budget: Hotel Garni Alpspitz offers affordable accommodations with cozy rooms and mountain views, located near the ski lifts and hiking trails.

  • Mid-range: Hotel Turna provides comfortable rooms and amenities, including a restaurant and spa, with a central location in the village near outdoor activities.

  • Luxury: Familien & Sporthotel Turna Malbun offers luxurious accommodations with upscale facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, wellness treatments, and gourmet dining options.

Tip: Visit Malbun during the winter months (December to March) for skiing and snowboarding, or during the summer months for hiking, mountain biking, and scenic chairlift rides.


Buchs is a Swiss town located near the border with Liechtenstein, offering a convenient base for exploring both Liechtenstein and nearby Swiss attractions.


Where To Stay In Buchs:

Buchs provides a strategic location for travelers looking to explore both Liechtenstein and Switzerland, with easy access to major highways and public transportation. Explore nearby attractions like Werdenberg Castle, the Old Town of St. Gallen, and the Rhine River.

  • Budget: Hotel City Buchs offers affordable accommodations with simple rooms and convenient amenities, located near the train station and city center.

  • Mid-range: Hotel Buchserhof provides comfortable rooms and modern facilities, including a restaurant and bar, with a central location close to shops and restaurants.

  • Luxury: Hotel Restaurant Schlosshof offers luxurious accommodations in a historic setting, with elegant rooms, gourmet dining options, and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Tip: Consider staying in Buchs as a more budget-friendly alternative to accommodations in Liechtenstein, while still providing easy access to attractions in both countries. Additionally, booking accommodations in advance can help secure the best rates, especially during peak travel seasons.

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