Why Go to Liechtenstein? This is certainly not a country high up on the list of most folks heading to Europe on vacation. So why did we decide to stop in this wee little country? Well, firstly there was the thrill of seeing just how many countries we could see on our two week road trip. So yeah, in part, we drove to Liechtenstein to check another country off our last. But there was another reason, probably something that you have picked up from us over the years. We love to explore, and we love to make the most of every opportunity… especially while we are traveling!
Squeezing Lichtenstein in before venturing south to Italy added about 5-6 hours of driving. We weren’t sure if this was a good idea before our trip began, but once we realized how much we really enjoyed the actual driving part of our adventure… well, there was no question about it – we were definitely going to check out this country!
Looking at the map, you may be wondering how the heck Liechtenstein is even considered a country. It is basically a speck on the map of Europe. There is, however, no doubt about it, Lichtenstein is definitely a country!
It is the sixth smallest country in the world, with a population of only 35,000 people. Liechtenstein is a mountainous principality sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria. From the moment that we arrived, we were immediately surprised by it’s beauty!
Mountains, castles, great views, long scenic walks, summer pastures, museums, and plenty of winter sport options to keep you active in the colder months.
Even though we only had a day in Liechtenstein, we were able to get a good taste of what this beautiful little country has to offer. So, in conclusion: Why go to Liechtenstein? Well – why not?
If you do find yourself in Liechtenstein, be sure to drop in at the Tourism Office in Vaduz and getting a Liechtenstein stamp in your passport! This will cost you 3 Swiss Francs (CHF), but if you like filling up those passport pages, then don’t miss out on this opportunity. Justin got his stamp, but I decided not to bother – unlike his speedy American passport service, I have to jump through many hoops to apply for then receive mine. And anyway, we are married…. I’ll just say his stamp is “our stamp”! 😀
Here are some fascinating fast about Liechtenstein:
AN ANNUAL PARTY. Once a year, on Liechtenstein’s national holiday, the Price of Liechtenstein invites all of the residence of this tiny country to have a drink in the garden of Vaduz Castle.
WORLD’S LEADING MANUFACTURER OF FALSE TEETH. Liechtenstein produces 60 million sets of false teeth every year!
BARELY ANY CRIME. If you want to live someplace safe – then this is the place for you! The average Liechtenstein resident doesn’t even lock their front door. The last murder took place in about 1997. Committing a crime of that magnitude will get citizens shipped off to neighboring Austria because the prisons in Liechtenstein have very few inmates.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE. German is this country’s official language, but most residents speak an Alemannic dialect that’s very different from standard German and closer to Swiss Standard German. The country is therefore usually referred to as Liachtaschta, not Liechtenstein, by its citizens.
DOUBLE-LANDLOCKED. Both of the countries that border Liechtenstein—Austria and Switzerland —are themselves also landlocked.
SHHHHHH. Noisy activities during the country’s official lunch break – 12:00 to 13:30 – are strong discouraged.
If you find yourself in one of Liechtenstein’s neighboring countries – Switzerland or Austria – then pop over to Liechtenstein! Get that stamp, see a beautify new country, and then add another country to your list! Why not?!