Liechtenstein is a landlocked country located right in the middle of the mountain slopes in Rhine Valley and countries like Switzerland and Austria. Most of the country’s wealth comes from its reputation for being a tax haven. However, its government is trying to change things up recently in an effort to turn it into a financial center. The form of government in Liechtenstein is a constitutional monarchy with the Prince of Liechtenstein being the highest form of rule in the country. Learn more about the culture, history and other information before you travel to Liechtenstein.
In terms of economy, Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person throughout the world. It also ranks second in terms of unemployment rate with Qatar at number one.
Due to its geographical landscape, Liechtenstein features a mostly alpine climate. The country is mostly mountainous, which also makes it a popular for winter sports enthusiasts to travel to Liechtenstein.
Currency: Swiss Franc
Official Language: German is the official language in Liechtenstein.
WiFi Availability: You can find a lot of hotels and restaurants that offer free wireless internet access. WiFi connection is widespread in the touristfrequented areas of Liechtenstein.
Airport/s: There is no airport in Liechtenstein. However, you can choose from any of the following international airports that for travel to Liechtenstein. These are all within an hour drive: ZurichKloten Airport in Switzerland, St. GallenAlterhein Airport in Switzerland and Friedrichshafen Airport in Germany.
Visa Required: The same visa requirements in Switzerland applies for travel to Liechtenstein. The latter does not impose any border controls with Switzerland. Liechtenstein also does not issue its own visas.
Driving: In Liechtenstein, you must drive on the right side of the road.
International Driver’s License Accepted? If your driver’s license is not written in German, Italian or French, then you need to carry an international driver’s license in Liechtenstein.
Crime: The crime rate in Liechtenstein is considered very low. Also, the record of violent crimes is very low; most are economic crimes.
Electrical Adapters: Like most other countries in Europe, Liechtenstein uses an electrical voltage of 230 volts at a frequency of 50 Hertz.
Trivia: Despite not sharing borders with Germany, Liechtenstein is a German speaking nation. It is also the smallest of all Germanspeaking nations.
The cuisine in Liechtenstein has been influenced by its neighboring countries, particularly Austria and Switzerland. The use of cheese and soup are very prominent in the country’s cuisine. Meanwhile, its expansive dairy industry means that they also use a lot of milk products in cooking. Other common ingredients used in Liechtensteiner cuisine are beef, chicken, pork, potatoes, greens and cabbage.
One of their most notable dishes is called Muesli. This is a breakfast dish that is prepared with uncooked rolled oats served in water or juice with various types of fruits and nuts.
Rosti is also popular in Liechtenstein. It is a coarsely grated potato that is fried. There are several variations to this dish depending on which region it is made from.
Travel to Liechtenstein: Notable Attractions
Vaduz Castle: This palace is the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. The castle was named after the town where it sits in – Vaduz. The town is also the capital of Liechtenstein. The palace is situated atop a hill overlooking the entire town.
Vaduz Cathedral: Also known as the Cathedral of St. Florin, this neoGothic church serves as the center of the Roman Catholic archdiocese in Liechtenstein.
Gutenberg Castle: Unlike Vaduz Castle, this one is not a residence building. It is a preserved castle within the town of Balzers. It is one of the five castles within the principality of Balzers. However, it is just one of two that are preserved until today. It is also one of the most popular attractions for those who travel to Liechtenstein.
Schalun Castle: This castle is most commonly referred to as the Wildschloss. This castle ruin is located within the town of Vaduz. It is located amongst the mountains and is only within a kilometer from the town center.