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Travel to Liechtenstein

Thursday, 29 January 2009

travel Liechtenstein PrincipalityLiechtenstein is located in the Upper Rhine valley of the European Alps. It is the fourth in the list of smallest countries of Europe and second of the two doubly landlocked place in Western Europe, bordered by Switzerland from one part and Austria from another.

Being such a small country Liechtenstein attract a range of tourists that are attracted by picturesque and splendid landscape of the place. There you see no busy and smoking vehicles save the ski buffs on zig zag roads and the buildings from concrete and stone are rarely found there in the mountainous territory during winters and green pastures in other seasons as well as magic castles, mighty Rhine river, primary landmarks of historical significance.

The entire territory of the principality is divided into 11 regions known as Gemeinden. In spite of its limited natural resources, Liechtenstein is one of the countries having more companies than people. And what does it say about? It is well developed, free-enterprise economized place with developed financial service sector. Though the population in Liechtenstein rates less than in other developed countries, the living standard in there is close to that of well-developed European countries.

The route to Liechtenstein

9.5 km of railway connect Austria and Switzerland through Liechtenstein. There is no state airport; the nearest on is in Zürich. There are 90 km of marked bicycle paths in the country and the route to this place is opened for anyone who wished to visit the principality of the principalities in Liechtenstein, Schaan, you may get to Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy.     

Liechtenstein is so small place that you can finish with sightseeing in a day. When you only visit all castles, museums, engaged in traditional activities or enjoyed lake and mountain sports, you may say you have enjoyed and did have a rest in Liechtenstein.

Visit Liechtenstein Museums

One of the famous and popular places of interest is the National Art Museum in Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein. The museum has permanent exhibition of the cultural and natural history of Liechtenstein including collection, preservation, documentation, and research of cultural and natural historical objects with relevance to Liechtenstein history and social studies.

Another specific museum is Ski museum in Vaduz where tourists and all those who go in for sports will find everything from the history of skiing to the extent of their knowledge and wishes.

The Postal Museum documents the progress of philately and postal history in Liechtenstein and cultivates contacts with associations of collectors in Liechtenstein and abroad.

The Walser Museum is also the start of the Walser-Sagenweg with exhibitions of cultural landscape, history myths and legends of the Walser. When you walk or hike in the area of the Alps all the scenery will fill you in energy and vitality for everyday routine.

Castles of Liechtenstein

Local rulers built castles to defend against invaders and often against their own peasants who would rise up against tyrannical and corrupt rulers. Nowadays most castles are destroyed. Two of them, Castle Vaduz and Gutenberg Castle, still stand today. The ruins of two others can still be seen at Schellenberg and Schaan.

The Castle of Liechtenstein in Vaduz is situated on hill in the village of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. It was primarily intended to serve as a fortress and protect Liechtenstein from enemies. Vaduz Castle today is the official residence of the ruling Prince and his family upon the restoration works. It is not open for public but you may climb the hill and get a good look at its outside and a beautiful view of the village and valley below.

The other distinguished Castle Vaduz is the Guttenberg Castle, magical and mysterious built in the 13th century. Gutenberg has played a central role in local cultural history ever since the Bronze Age, it helped to confront attacks of invaders. You are welcome to take a walk around the castle along the small paths. Also it is not open to public save the official events and social measures like «Kultur-Treff Burg Gutenberg».

Visit also ruins of Schellenberg Castle and again a must tour program can be considered as successfully performed without losing a minute of your leisure time.

Liechtenstein Activities

Liechtenstein has available splendid winter sports facilities locating between lakes and mountains to offer tourists. The main ski resorts include Malbun and Steg. Malbun is popular on the international skiing circuit for its varied facilities, and is a predominantly good option for beginners. Steg is renowned for excellent cross-country skiing. Triesenberg is known for its mountain-bike tours and hiking. Skiers find both places ideal for cross-country, down the valley skiing and skating. In summer season this place offer mountain biking and paragliding as well as hiking for enthusiasts. A special kind of golf, Fancy "Star Wars", windsurfing gliding, rambling, angling, hunting, riding, cycling, tennis, squash, billiards are in the list of summer activities for all who wish to spend their leisure time favorably.  

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Swimming, Kiting, Kayaking, Snorkeling and Rafting are for brave and sporty people. As well the place offers recreational activities for those who prefer spend their time at quieter but no less effective activities like Spa procedures, movie watching and just enjoying dances in spots and bars that form part of evening entertainment.

Stay in Liechtenstein

Once you choose to spend your time in Liechtenstein you'd better book a ticket before subject to limited accommodation facilities. Also staying in there you must taste local dishes and courses to not only breathe the air of the country but also taste it trough local cuisine and wines in traditional restaurants. Wine is widely grown in Vaduz since it's very popular among natives and tourists as well. Apart from Kaseknopfl, small cheese dumplings topped with onions, you find no more special cooking in Liechtenstein besides many other dishes that meet tastes of various visitors of this place.

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