Liechtenstein is a small, landlocked country that borders Austria and Switzerland. It is only 5 miles wide and 15 miles long. It is doubly-landlocked, meaning that the countries that surround it are also landlocked. It is very prosperous, and has a population of just 34,000 people. Major industries include banking and false teeth.
For visitors, the main attractions of Liechtenstein are winter sports, hiking and picturesque townships. Malbun is a very pretty ski resort with awe-inspiring views of the Rhine valley below. The highest mountain, Mt. Naafkopf, rises to 8,500 feet.
The capital city, Vaduz (population 5,000), features the royal castle (not open to visitors, unfortunately) and the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, a museum of modern and contemporary art. There is also a ski museum and a postage stamp museum. The Prince's Wine Collection is on a vineyard to the north of Vaduz. The township also features a respectable number of cafes and restaurants.
Because of Liechtenstein's proximity to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, it is possible to visit all four countries in one day.
Liechtenstein's currency is the Swiss Franc. Many shops also accept the Euro.
Driving in Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein has no airport and only one railway station. The best way to access the country is by road. Drive Travel has many Car Hire, Luxury Car and Leasing suppliers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Peugeot, Citroen and Renault Leasing programs allow driving in Liechtenstein. Some Car Hire and Luxury Car Hire suppliers deliver into Liechtenstain for a fee - contact Drive Travel for details.
There are two roads into Liechtenstein from Switzerland and three from Austria. The Swiss Autobahn A13/E34 runs along the Rhine River, close to the Liechtenstein border. Road quality is generally high, but there are many winding mountain roads.
Traffic in Liechtenstein drives on the right hand side. A warning triangle is compulsory, as are snow chains in mountain areas. Children under 12 must travel in the back seat.