Liechtenstein Journals

Xploring Liechtenstein

An October 1989 trip to Liechtenstein by the Xplorer

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Quote: Liechtenstein is a tiny country sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria set in the beautiful European Alps. It's so small that if you're not paying attention you may drive right past it. The country is has a mysterious quality about it because its one of the least heard of countries of Europe and one of the last that continues with a monarcy. Even though it's tiny, you will discover many unique qualities that will make it a worthwhile stop if you're in that neck of the woods.

Xploring Liechtenstein

Overview

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Just because Liechtenstein is a small country, don't be fooled into thinking there's nothing to do there. Quite the contrary. Not only will you find cool stuff there, you will discover that there are things that you can't do elsewhere. Set beautifully like a fairytale, the capital city of Vaduz sits nestled in a tight valley surrounded by the Swiss and Austrian Alps. Overlooking the city part way up the mountain, the Castle of Vaduz and the many cute homes and cottages that sprinkle the mountainside help make this country something you'd expect to see in a Disney cartoon.Quick Tips: Liechtenstein is a stamp collecters dream destination. If by any chance you collect stamps or know someone...Read More
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Liechtenstein has one main industry we noticed that interests tourists: the production and sale of postage stamps. The stamps are precious collectors' items and tourists come from far and wide to purchase stamps from this tiny monarchy. Many of the stamps depict the Royal Family of Liechtenstein. The stamps are not just regular stamps; they are like mini works of art.

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Castle Photo, Liechtenstein, Europe
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Liechtenstein is such a small country that we figured we could see the whole country from the top of the mountain that the country sits on. Five of us had rented a small Fiat Uno to tour Europe, and when we arrived in Vaduz, we headed up the mountain. It was a tall mountain and we heard there was a ski area at the top of the mountain. The climb was long and slow because the road zig-zagged for miles as we rose above the only real city, Vaduz. Part of the way up we passed an adorable castle perched on the mountain side overlooking the city. We finally made it to the top as far as the road would take us and got out to enjoy awesome views of this cute, little country. On the way down we had a probl...Read More

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Coat of Arms

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Being in Vaduz you will soon realize how unique of a place you are visiting. This tiny monarchy doesn't have a whole lot to offer tourists, but what it does have is used in their favor. One of the common elements we discovered as we browsed through the shops was the use of Liechtenstein's coat of arms design. We all ended up purchasing high quality sweatshirts with the name of "Liechtenstein" and its beautiful coat of arms. This proved to be a great investment because for years to come when I wore my shirt, I received countless questions and comments about this tiny, mysteriously unknown country.

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From the top. Photo, Liechtenstein, Europe
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We've discovered that most people haven't even heard of a country called Liechtenstein and even less have heard of its capital, Vaduz. Vaduz is really a small alpine town and the country is nestled in between the Swiss and Austrian Alps. The country has a Monarchy, and the country as a whole seems very quiet and conservative. They don't have their own currency so you don't have to worry about exchanging money. They officially use the Swiss Franc. The country is approximately 10 miles wide by 20 miles long. If you are not paying attention, you may just drive past this small country.
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When we visited Liechtenstein we discovered that it is a country that doesn't protect its borders. We were disappointed because one of the things we looked forward to was getting our passports stamped in every country we visited. We also discovered that Liechtenstein doesn't even have an army. Apparently the Swiss take care of that for them. Once in the capital, Vaduz, we discovered that the Post Office has an official passport ink stamp that we could get stamped in our passport for about one US dollar. We each got one and can now proudly display one of the prettiest stamps in our passport. It is oval and has a royal crown and the date.