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Liechtenstein Travel Guide

Key Facts
Official state name

Principality of Liechtenstein

Area

160 sq km (62 sq miles).

Population

37,009 (2013).

Population density

231.3 per sq km.

Capital

Vaduz.

Government

Imperial principality with a hereditary constitutional monarchy. Principality established in 1719.

Head of state

Prince Hans Adam II since 1989.

Head of government

Prime Minister Adrian Hasler since 2013.

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are used.

A pocket-sized principality in the heart of Europe, Liechtenstein rarely tops anybody's bucket list of continental must-sees. Yet this tiny, landlocked nation offers more than you'd imagine: from long-standing history to sky-high mountains; cliff-hanging castles to odd cultural quirks.

Many of Liechtenstein's historical highlights are located in the capital, Vaduz. While this tiny town may only have around 5,000 inhabitants, it also boasts an array of fascinating museums and galleries – including the Liechtenstein National Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the FIS Ski and Winter Sports Museum – as well as the atmospheric Prince's Wine Cellars and the neo-Gothic Vaduz Cathedral. All these attractions are watched over by the pretty Vaduz Castle, which remains the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

Vaduz isn't Liechtenstein's only town of historical note. The second town, Schaan, is actually larger than Vaduz, and comes with its very own impressive church and Roman remains, while Balzers in the south west boasts what is perhaps Liechtenstein's most arresting fortification. There are also beautiful chapels to be found in lesser-visited villages like Triesen and Planken.

And yet the true star of Liechtenstein is the remarkable nature. This country has arguably the most impressive landscape in Europe. Most of the peaks in Liechtenstein soar more than 2,000m (6,562ft) into the sky, making Liechtenstein a premier destination for skiing, hiking and mountain biking. Its shimmering lakes are also a big draw for swimmers.

As well as its permanent attractions, Liechtenstein also excels when it comes to unusual events. Some of the fun annual highlights include the Monster Concert (where troupes of musicians and dancers dress in outlandish costumes and bang drums), the Cattle Drive (where cows and sheep are festooned in colourful garments and adorned with bells) and the LGT Alpine Marathon (where competitors from around the globe run for 26 miles through the mountains).

Factor in Liechtenstein's dynamic dining, drinking and live music offerings, and you have a pocket sized nation that punches well above its weight.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 20 December 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

There is no resident British diplomatic mission in the Principality of Liechtenstein. If you need consular assistance, you should contact the British Embassy in Berne.

Around 2,600 British nationals visit Liechtenstein every year (source: Liechtenstein Office for Statistics). Most visits are trouble-free. 

There is one ski resort in Liechtenstein, Malbun. There is a moderate danger of avalanches at some times of the year. Follow local advice on weather and avalanche conditions. See Sports Activities and Winter Sports

There is a low threat from terrorism.

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