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One Day in Liechtenstein

Vaduz-Liechtenstein

Though we only spent 12 days in Switzerland, after we saw the toll it took on our wallets we were ready to leave. With our first ride share whisking us away from Geneva and dropping us in Bregenz, Austria we were finally in the land of lower prices though with equally as beautiful scenery.

With Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein being only a train and bus ride away, we couldn’t pass up the chance to see one of Europe’s smallest countries, a mere 62 square miles in area.

The Liechtenstein family founded the country in 1712 and from 1719 to 1806 it served as a principality of the Holy Roman Empire, until finally securing its independence in 1866.  As the largest exporter of dentures Liechtenstein is also well known for postage stamps, wine production and its status as a tax haven. This status as a tax haven (business taxes are a maximum of 20%) has also led to concerns about the use of financial institutions for money laundering and tax evasion. The country currently also has one of the highest personal income rates in the world.

Oh and in the capital, Vaduz, the prince still lives in a castle on a hill overlooking the town center.

Vaduz-Liechtenstein-viewofthecastle

What a country.

Though the castle is not open to the public a short hike up the hill allows you to get close and at least catch a glimpse of the exterior. We started our day with the castle and the top opened up with views of the town below and the mountains in the distance.

Vaduz-Liechtenstein-castle

 

Vaduz-Liechtenstein-viewfromthewalk

As we made our descent we had our sights set on the Liechtenstein history museum, the Liechtensteinisches Landesmuseum, but unfortunately that was closed so we had to settle on the Briefmarkenmuseum, the stamp museum, which to its defense did prove to be interesting.

Vaduz-Liechtenstein-stamp-museum

You never really think into stamp designs but the museum shows you how stamps are simply miniature works of art with various intricate designs and many colors. With email being the norm now, mailing letters is going out of style but back in the old days stamps played a much larger role and each country or event would deserve its own mini work of art to then be collected or pasted on an envelope and sent into the world.

The stamp museum is located in the center of town so a quick stroll was in order before we made our way to the opposite side of town – simply to admire the picturesque houses and small backyard vineyards.

Vaduz-Liechtenstein-vineyards

One house in particular caught our attention – the red house. With the stunning mountain backdrop and the grape vines in front the house simply shines.

Truly one of the more interesting houses we’ve seen in these parts.

Vaduz-Liechtenstein-redhouse

While there are many other places to see and scenic natural activities (skiing, hiking, etc) to participate in  in Liechtenstein with only one day our time was limited to a tour of Vaduz, the capital.

Overall we enjoyed our day trip and would recommend it to others in the area.

From Vaduz we took a bus to Feldkirch, Austria and then a train to Bregenz, Austria where we were staying.

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3 Responses to One Day in Liechtenstein

  1. Great pictures! Beautiful! 🙂

    Michelle October 2, 2013 at 1:19 PM Reply
  2. Your visit looks like a trip back in time! Princes living in castles, proud postage stamp heritage, beautiful buildings… Liechtenstein may be small but has tons of character!

    Heather October 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM Reply
  3. Liechtenstein was the first country that i saw in my life as a “foreign country”. I saw it on a book and fell in love. Still counting days to go there one day 🙂

    Gokhan October 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM Reply

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