Liechtenstein Travel Guide


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Liechtenstein

 

The sovereign principality of Liechtenstein is located in central Europe, sandwiched between Austria to the east and Switzerland to the west, south of Lake Constance and aside the east bank of the Rhine river. One of the smallest countries in the world, it measures approx. 5 miles wide by 15 miles in length.

 

The terrain is mainly mountains and valleys, with the highest peak being Mt. Naafkopf at approx. 8,500 feet. The population is comprised of mainly of Alemannic people, with Italian, Turkish and others. The dominant religion is Roman Catholic with some Protestants and others. German is the official language with the Alemannic dialect (a Swiss/German mix). The closest international airport is in Zurich , approx. 78 miles away.

 

The capital and largest city is Vaduz and other major cities in Liechtenstein are Balzers, Malbun, Schaan, Nendein and Ruggell. Vaduz has a population of approx. 5,000.

 

Being a part of the German Confederation in the 18 th century, Liechtenstein was founded in 1719 and became a sovereign state in 1806. The country has many interesting and historic landmarks, including the medieval Vaduz Castle in the centre of the capital. The Castle is the primary residence of the ruling family and is not available for tours.

 

Visitors to the country can enjoy bicycle and skating trips beside the Rhine as well as hiking in the mountains. There are museums, including a Ski Museum and the Liechtenstein Art Museum which houses a collection belonging to the Prince and includes works by Rubens and Rembrandt. Liechtenstein is known for producing its own postage stamps, and there is also a postage stamp museum. For skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and skating, the major winter destinations are Malbun and Steg where all manner of winter sports are available.

 

As a summer destination, Liechtenstein has plenty to offer for the visitor and especially outdoor enthusiasts with climbing, and hiking in the nature reserves, forests and vineyards.

Liechtensteiners have a good standard of living with one of the lowest tax rates in the world.

 

European Health Insurance Card

 

Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.

 



 

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