During the Easter break Mr J and i did a 6 day road trip and we managed to add Liechtenstein to our list ! Jo boy had no intentions of visiting this less known place but i was so determined that we do it. Liechetnstein (pronounced Leesh-ten-st-eye-n) is a teeny weeny country that is sandwiched between Austria and Germany. The first time i heard about this country is from my friend Reshmi. One day we were sitting at the Hub Eindhoven during a dutch conversation class and suddenly a travel topic popped up! We were asked to write down the countries we have visited so far . I was trying hard to recollect the 25 + countries i had visited and thats when Reshmi said Liechetnstein. I was like what? Where is it on the map? Reshmi lived in Germany for a short period of time and thats when she visited it. She told me that its a cute country with a beautiful castle which is worth seeing. Ever since then, i would google and look at L on the map and wonder when would i go there. Its not easy to convince J. He would ask me why on earth do we go there? What does the place have to offer? Are you doing it just to tick off one more country from the list? After a few months, we both forget about this place . And suddenly Mr J made swiss plans and a super itenary . If you want to know the route/itenary, check out my previous post 🙂
So now coming back to Liechtenstein, We spent a little over 3 hours in Vaduz on a beautiful sunny afternoon . Vaduz, the capital city has a popuation of not more than 6000 residents.
Things we did
- We walked upto the Vaduz Castle and clicked a few pictures . It was a 15 minute climb from the city center.
- Went to the tourism office and got my passport stamped for 3 euros. I had to do this!!! 😉
- Picked up a few souvenirs (they are priced quite high when compared to other EU countries)
- Sent postcards to family and friends (If you are a stamp collector, you may want to visit the Postal Museum which displays a selection of Liechtenstein’s postage stamps).
A few facts about Liechetnstein ( Source from here )
- It is the sixth smallest country in the world
- One of the safest countries in the world with very low crime rate. Apparently the residents dont even lock their front doors
- Unique stamps
- Every year , on the national holiday, The Prince invites all the residents to the castle for a beer party
- They are world’s leading manufacturer of false teeth
On the whole, we thoroughly enjoyed this visit. If you ever plan a trip to Swiss and have the time, make a visit 🙂 its just a 2 hour drive 😀
See you all in my next post ! until then Bye 🙂