Liechtenstein, whenever I hear this place I can’t help but feel magical, I don’t know but I associate the place to story books and prince and princess. But then it is indeed ruled and headed by a Prince! The Prince of Liechtenstein Prince Regent of Liechtenstein (Fürst von Liechtenstein) Prince Hans-Adam II von Liechtenstein is the monarch and head of state. Liechtenstein is the only remaining European monarchy that practice strict agnatic primogeniture which means only the first born son may inherit the throne. His eldest son Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg, has been regent of Liechtenstein since 15 August 2004.
But do you know where it is? Before coming to Switzerland I didn’t have any idea where this country is. Just imagine that its area is just over 160 square kilometres (62 square miles) with a population of about 37,000. They have 11 municipalities the largest one being Schaan, and the capital is Vaduz. That’s where Vaduz Castle is, the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. It is bordered by Switzerland to the west and South and by Austria to the east and North. Their unemployment rate of 1.5% is one of the lowest in the world.
If I were to compare this place to somewhere we Filipinos are familiar with, it is roughly as big as Quezon City in the Philippines with 165.33 square kilometres and a population of 2,936,116 . See the difference in population density.
So now you have an idea of how big this micro-state country in Central Europe is. It is very clean, no traffic, we didn’t see anybody looking homeless. Liechtenstein is a an alpine country so they are a popular destination for winter sports. They also have cultivated fields and farms and it’s really a sight to see them just like you are in some “Sound of Music” setting. The major language is German but a lot seems to speak English as well. For their currency they use both the Euro and Swiss Francs.
Some citizens of selected countries do not need a visa to enter as tourists for 90 days. If you are not sure if you need one, please read this link. If you want some TIPS on how to get a Schengen visa please read my article below.
Before visiting, you can check the Official tourism-website of the Principality of Liechtenstein here for more information. Check the variety of activities available as well when you visit this wonderful Principality. They also have the list and links of hotels in Liechtenstein on this website and basically everything that you might want to know. For us we opted to have the short guided tour to see the Liechtenstein Center in Vaduz.
Did I mention that we got the tour from Viator? I loved their package where we visited
The Liechtenstein Center is also the official tourist office in Vaduz. In the on-site gift shop visitors can purchase the unique postage stamps as well as a wide range of other Liechtenstein souvenirs. Right next to the Liechtenstein Center is also a replica of the ‘Km. 0. + 0. Km.’ stone, which marks the point from which all road distances in Liechtenstein were first measured in 1864.
The Liechtenstein Center is the perfect location for:
- souvenir shopping
- rental for receptions, speeches and presentations
Sommer (01.05. until 31.10.): Daily from 9.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.
Winter (01.11. until 30.04.): Daily from 9.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m.
Get the official stamp to prove that you have been to Liechtenstein! Available at the Liechtenstein Center and other tourist offices, it is the best way to show your friends that you have visited the principality.
Price per stamp
3.- Swiss francs / 3.- euros