Liechtenstein Travel Guide

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The Church in Schaan

The Church in Schaan

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Liechtenstein is a beautiful, German-speaking country in western Europe. The capital of Liechtenstein is Vaduz, but the largest city by population is Schaan. This 62 square mile country is settled amidst the stunning European Alps, on the Upper Rhine Valley. Liechtenstein may not be very well know to the general public, but has some very interesting characteristics and breath-taking scenery.

Liechtenstein's people are said to have one of the highest standards of living, likely due to the fact that the country follows a policy of remaining neutral being one of the few countries in the world without a military. It may help that the Prince of Liechtenstein, Prince Alois, is the sixth wealthiest leader in the world, as well.

Liechtensteiners

The culture of Liechtenstein shares many similarities with other surrounding German-speaking countries. Up to 33% of the population are from other countries, mostly Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Historical Society of the Principality of Liechtenstein work very hard and donate an abundance of time and money in the fight to preserve cultural documents. Liechtensteiners speak a dialect entitled Alemannic-German that is much like the dialects spoken in neighboring Switzerland and Austria, but has strayed much from standard German. For this reason, don't expect the German you learned in school to get you far in this unique country. Two-thirds of the country follow the faith of Roman Catholicism.

Things To Do

Liechtenstein has won more Olympic medals per capita than any other country, all being in Alpine Skiing. The area of Malbun is the only place for winter sports in the country, an activity in which many natives and tourists partake. It is a small skiing destination, but you won't have to wade through crowds or wait in long lines to gain access. There are 4 hotels in the area that generally start around $90 per night.

Places to See

The Kunstmeuseum Liechtenstein, located in the capital, Vaduz, is the largest museum in the country and specializes in modern and contemporary art from international artists. If you'd like to see more art from the country itself, Liechtenstein National museum, also located in Vaduz, hosts numerous permanent and alternating exhibitions.

Vaduz Castle, which can be seen from most any point near the capital, is a beautiful fortress that the Prince's family still lives in today. Gutenberg Castle, located in the village of Balzers, was built in the 13th century and is still in relatively good shape. The Red House in Vaduz, built before the Middle Ages, has had some renovation since, but is still a trademark of Liechtenstein society.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liechtenstein

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July 26, 2005 change by jensbabig

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