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LIECHTENSTEIN


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Vaduz; Population - 36,000; Currency - Swiss Franc

From Zurich it's an hour on the train to Sargans followed by a 30 minute bus journey to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein - January 2009.

 

swissnoteLiechtenstein uses the Swiss Franc as its currency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech46There's fantastic views of Vaduz on the way up to Vaduz Castle

 

 

liech52Liechtenstein is a wine producer and this is one of its vineyards. At the top right is the mediaeval red house - Vaduz

 

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liech45Vaduz has a population of only 5000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech51The Swiss Alps form the backdrop to Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vaduz and the Swiss Alps as seen from the walking trail leading to Vaduz Castle

 

 

liech40A great site in the Winter is this frozen waterfall, close to Vaduz Castle - Vaduz

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liech41A close up of the icicles - Vaduz

 

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liech38Next to the waterfall is this panoramic viewpoint - Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech52aMore scenes of Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech54Vaduz Castle, or Schloss Vaduz, is the home of the Liechtenstein royal family - Vaduz

 

 

liech56The current monarch is Prince Hans-Adam II - Vaduz Castle, Vaduz

 

 

liech60At the side of the road near the Castle a series of icicles had formed on the walls - Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech47Making my way downhill to the centre of Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech61I passed by this building on the way down. I've no idea what it is but it's mighty distinctive - Vaduz

 

 

liech21Checking out Vaduz Castle from Stadtle, Vaduz

 

 

liech28Vaduz Castle - Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech29In the Summer the trees are a riot of green and lend themselves to more spectacular photos of Vaduz Castle - Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech30Schloss Vaduz overlooks the capital Vaduz

 

 

liech32The Rathaus (Town Hall) stands in the shadow of the Castle - Vaduz

 

 

liech67It must be cold up there in Winter - paragliding above Vaduz.

 

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www.saar.ch

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liech79'African King' bronze sculpture, Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech69I stumbled across this covered wooden bridge which links Vaduz to Sevelen in Switzerland, crossing the Rhine river - Vaduz

 

 

liech74The bridge is used by pedestrians, cyclists (and horses of course) - Vaduz

 

 

liech62A series of canals flow parallel to the Rhine in Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech35The Government Building with St Florin Cathedral behind - Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech36Anyone know what's going on here? As I approached they got back on their coach and were off - Vaduz

 

 

liech77St Florin Cathedral, Vaduz

 

 

liech80'Reclining Woman' sculpture, Vaduz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech4A few kms north of the capital is the village of Mauren

 

 

liech3Mountains loom over Mauren

 

 

liech11Heading south from Mauren brings you to Eschen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech13Church spire, Eschen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech9Another mountain backdrop, Eschen

 

 

liech10Mountain scenery, Eschen

 

 

liech16Vaduz runs into the sizeable town of Schaan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech14Crossing the Rhine at Schaan leads to the Swiss town of Buchs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech17A church at Schaan

 

 

liech86Drive up the winding roads from Vaduz and arrive at Triesenberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech100The town of Triesenberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech96There's magnificent views of the Rhine valley from Triesenberg

 

 

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The Rhine cuts through the valley in a U shape, beyond which is Switzerland and the Alps - Triesenberg

 

 

liech93I'm guessing that the town on the left in this photo is Balzers in Liechtenstein - view from Triesenberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech88An ideal place to admire panoramic views - Triesenberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech103The following morning the valley snow had melted away - Triesenberg

 

 

liech105Carry on gaining altitude and end up at the ski resort of Malbun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech107Malbun has a few short ski runs, a natural ice skating rink, hiking routes and health centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech104The resort lies at 1600 metres above sea level - Malbun

 

 

liech114Snowboarding down the slopes at Malbun

 

 

liech116I decided to have a go at sledging down Sucka-Steg, a mountain found between Malbun and Triesenberg - Steg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech119A tunnel burrowed through Sucka-Steg, Steg

 

My YouTube video here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liech123A section of the toboggan run down Sucka-Steg. A sledge can be hired at the hotel restaurant (pictured) for a few Francs - Steg

 

 

liech124At the finish line. Tourist literature refers to this by the rather grandiose term of 'toboggan run' but it's fun all the same - Steg

 

 

liech127..especially at night, when the run is lit up.
It's possible to get a bus back to Malbun (or Vaduz) in the evening - Steg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website and content Copyright © 2008-2011 Mark Wilkinson. All rights reserved.

 

LINKS

www.tourismus.li - Liechtenstein tourist board

www.liechtenstein.li

www.youthhostel.ch - Schaan's youth hostel

www.malbun.li - info on Malbun, the principality's ski centre

www.about-liechtenstein.co.uk

www.lba.li - Liechtenstein bus network, in German only

 

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