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Introduction to Liechtenstein

Nod off and you might miss Liechtenstein - it's more akin to a big ski run than a regular European country. You can look for differences between Liechtenstein and Switzerland but you're kidding yourself if you think you've found many. Sure, it has its own stamps...

Full country name: Principality of Liechtenstein

Area: 160 sq km

Population: 33,145

Capital City: Vaduz

People: Germanic 87.5%, Italian, Turkish, other 12.5%

Language: German, French, English

Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant

Government: hereditary constitutional monarchy on a democratic and parliamentary basis

Head of State: Prince Sovereign Prince Hans Adam II

Head of Government: Head of Government Otmar Hasler

GDP: US$825 million

GDP per capita: US$25,000

Inflation: 1%

Major Industries: Dental products, hardware, pottery, specialty machinery, stamps.

Major Trading Partners: EU, Switzerland

Member of EU: No

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Traveler Facts

Visas: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the USA do not require visas for visits of up to three months. Generally the regulations for Liechtenstein are the same as those for Switzerland.

Health risks: altitude sickness, hypothermia, sunburn

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2

Dialling Code: 423

Electricity: 230V ,50Hz

Weights & measures: Metric

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Look out for processions and fireworks on 15 August, Liechtenstein's national holiday.

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Best time to Visit

You can visit Liechtenstein any time of the year. Summer lasts roughly from June to September and offers the most pleasant climate for outdoor pursuits. Unfortunately, you won't be the only tourist during this period, so prices can be high. You'll find much better deals during the shoulder seasons of April-May or late-September-October.

If you're keen on winter sports, resorts in the Alps begin operating in late November, move into full swing around Christmas, and close down when the snow begins to melt in April.

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Currency / Costs / Approx. Spending

Currency: Swiss Franc


Budget: Swf5-12

Mid-range: Swf12-30

High: Swf30-50

Deluxe: Swf50+


Budget: Swf25-40

Mid-range: Swf40-90

High: Swf90-125

Deluxe: Swf125+

Costs in Liechtenstein are among the highest in Europe. If you're on a tight budget and you stay in hostels and self-cater, you could get by on around US$40 a day after buying a rail pass. If you stay in pensions, enjoy eating out and want to sample the nightlife count on spending at least twice as much.

All major travellers cheques and credit cards are accepted. Commission is not charged for changing cash or cheques, but shop around for the best rates (hotels usually have the worst rates). Tipping is rarely necessary as hotels, restaurants and bars are required by law to include a 15% service charge. Even taxis normally have a service charge included. Forget about bargaining unless you go to someone's garage sale - it's just not done.

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Although it is little more than a village, Vaduz contains most of the points of interest in Liechtenstein. Two adjoining streets, Städtle and Äulestrasse, enclose the centre of town, and you will find everything of any importance is within this small area.

The State Art Collection (Staatliche Kunstsammlung) has good temporary exhibitions and includes parts of the art collection that the princes of Liechtenstein have acquired over the centuries. The Postage Stamp Museum contains more than 300 frames of stamps issued since 1912. For ski buffs there's even a Ski Museum, open only in the afternoons.


Liechtenstein's premier ski resort nestles amid the mountains in the country's southeast. As well as two ski schools, it has good runs for novices and more difficult ones for the experienced. The main road from Vaduz terminates at Malbun, and there are daily buses from the capital.


Triesenberg is on a terrace above Vaduz, and it commands excellent views over the Rhine Valley. As well as a lovely onion-domed church, it has a museum devoted to the Walser community, which journeyed here from Switzerland in the 13th century. The Walser dialect is still spoken in the region.

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