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Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein.

Beautiful Mountain Scenery, Liechtenstein. - Liechtenstein.

Beautiful Mountain Scenery, Liechtenstein. - Liechtenstein.

Liechtenstein.

I have been to Liechtenstein twice. The first time was in the eighties, the second in 2009. On our first visit we came across from Feldkirch in Austria for the day, but to our surprise the bus fare was much cheaper than we expected. We discovered that Liechtenstein was in the middle of a campaign to reduce traffic by making its public transport free, so instead of the intended day trip we found a bed and breakfast, stayed for a couple of nights and explored Liechtenstein for free. We also went across to Sargans and Buchs in Switzerland very cheaply as we only paid for travel past the border. This was a very enjoyable visit because in addition to seeing Vaduz, Liechtenstein's capital with its picturesque castle, we were able to explore the beautiful Alpine countryside of Liechtenstein, too.

Traditional Alpine style buildings. - Liechtenstein

Traditional Alpine style buildings. - Liechtenstein

Our second visit was much shorter. We only visited Vaduz briefly as we just stopped off for a couple of hours on our way back to Feldkirch from Buchs. We spent this time climbing up to the castle. We both noticed that the area between Vaduz and Feldkirch was much more built up than on our earlier visit. Liechtenstein is the fourth smallest country in Europe and the sixth smallest country in the world. It is a landlocked country located between the Swiss canton of St. Gallen and the Austrian province of Vorarlberg. The official language of Liechtenstein is German. Liechtenstein is a principality. The ruling prince is Prince Hans­ Adam II von Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein gets its name from the Princes of Liechtenstein, who purchased the County of Vaduz in 1712 and the lands of Schellenberg in 1699 and joined them together to form the Principality of Liechtenstein in 1719. These princes were originally from Upper Austria. Vaduz itself is an attractive place to visit with its mountain top castle, but our best experience was taking a bus out of Vaduz to Malbun then hiking back. The beautiful Alpine scenery was fantastic.

Vaduz Castle.

This lovely hilltop castle is quite a steep trek to get to but it is worth the climb. Vaduz Castle is the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.The castle gave its name to the town of Vaduz. Vaduz Castle was originally built by the Counts of Werdenberg ­Sargans. It was later acquired by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein in 1712. The castle was restored between 1905 and 1920, and expanded in the early 1930s by Prince Franz Joseph II. It is not possible to go into the castle as it is still home to the Prince of Liechtenstein.

Vaduz Castle - Liechtenstein

Vaduz Castle - Liechtenstein

Vaduz Castle

Vaduz Castle

Vaduz Town Hall.

Vaduz town hall or rathaus is in the centre of Vaduz. It has some attractive looking bronze horse sculptures outside it. These sculptures are by Swiss sculptor Nag Arnoldi. These sculptures were placed in front of the town hall in 2002.

Vaduz Town Hall

Vaduz Town Hall

Cow Statues.

We first encountered lots of cow statues one summer when we visited Zurich. They were everywhere and nowadays they do seem to pop up all over the place. Vaduz was no exception to this growing bovine trend.

Cow Statues

Cow Statues

Liechtenstein National Museum

We did not have sufficient time to visit the National Museum, otherwise known as the Liechtenstein Landesmuseum, in Vaduz on our last visit. Apparently it has a permanent exhibition about the history, culture and landscape of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Its opening hours are: Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. ­ - 5.00 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m. ­ - 8.00 pm. Monday closed.

Liechtenstein National Museum

Liechtenstein National Museum

Malbun.

If you have time to see some of Liechtenstein other than Vaduz, then I would recommend a trip to Malbun. I believe it is a popular place for skiing and snowboarding in winter, but we went in summer and found it wonderful for hiking as the surrounding Alpine scenery is very beautiful.

Malbun

Malbun

Malbun

Malbun

Getting To Liechtenstein.

Liechtenstein is a small country and does not have its own airport. To get to Liechtenstein it is necessary to travel by bus from one of its neighbouring countries. Bus services to Vaduz operate from Feldkirch in Ausria and from Buchs and Sargans in Switzerland.

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