Know About Liechtenstein Before Travel

Liechtenstein maintains a complete customs union with Switzerland and hence does not issue its own visas: if you can enter Switzerland, you can enter Liechtenstein, and there are no border formalities needed for crossing between the two countries. In essence there is nothing more than a sign announcing your arrival in Switzerland or Liechtenstein, similar to the situation at smaller border crossing in many EU nations, (Austria/Germany/France/Italy etc.) Stamp hunters can, however, get an authentic Liechtenstein entry stamp in their passport at Vaduz’s tourist office for €1.50. The stamp is also available at the Liechtensteines Landesmuseum. This is the same entry stamp received (for free) by non-European visitors when entering Liechtenstein from Austria – although the border guards do not always stamp your passport if entering via Feldkirch.

Liechtenstein has a continental climate featuring cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow or rain, making the country a moderately popular ski destination. Summers are cool to moderately warm, also often cloudy and humid.

Talk
The national language is German. This is a different dialect from High German — which is spoken in northern Germany and generally regarded as ‘proper German’. The dialect(s) are much similar to those spoken across the Rhine in Switzerland and in Austria. Almost everyone can speak dialect and standard German, unlike in Switzerland.

See
Vaduz- Great views of the royal castle. It however is a private residence and not open to the public.

Malbun- Wonderful little ski resort with a breathtaking road and views of the Rhine valley below.

Do
Liechtenstein offers great hiking, road biking, and mountain biking terrian. Skiing and snowboarding are also offered at a reasonable price at the country’s small resort in comparison to the expensive lift prices in neighboring Switzerland or Austria.

Eat
You will find a few restaurants in the larger cities of Liechtenstein. There is also a McDonald’s restaurant-signs point to it up to 3000m away! The many small bakeries are a great place to get a warm, fresh roll or pastry.

Drink
There is a small amount of wine that is produced in Liechtenstein that is available in supermarkets and tourist shops throughout the country. Expect to pay around 25 Swiss Francs for an average bottle. The Prince even owns his own vineyard in Vaduz, off the main road. Beer is also available for purchase that is made with malt from Liechtenstein, although the beer itself is brewed in Switzerland. A variety of other European wines, beers, and soft drinks are also available.

Stay
There are a few hotels in Liechtenstein, but they tend to run on the expensive side. There is one youth hostel [2] located in Schaan, but it closes for the winter. You will probably be able to find cheaper accommodation in neighboring Feldkirch, Austria.

Camping Mittagspitz is the only campsite in the Principality. It offers excellent facilities, a friendly reception and a fabulous reasonably priced restaurant. The campsite was used by the author Lloyd P Clark and his Smooth Fox Terrier, Harry, whilst wRemember that this is a traditional Catholic country. On a Sunday the streets are all but dead except for the tourists and the tourist shops. Liechtensteiners are very proud of their national identity and would take offense to being wrongly labeled German, Austrian or Swiss.

Remember that this is a traditional Catholic country. On a Sunday the streets are all but dead except for the tourists and the tourist shops. Liechtensteiners are very proud of their national identity and would take offense to being wrongly labeled German, Austrian or Swiss.