Liechtenstein Travel Guide
The Principality of Liechtenstein, as its officially known, is a central European country, which has a total area of 160 square kilometres and is nestled in between Austria and Switzerland. There are around 33,145 people living in the country, all of which are mainly of Germanic, Turkish and Italian descent and predominantly of a Roman Catholic and Protestant religion. The inhabitants speak German, English and French and when it comes to making money, hardware, machinery, stamps, dental products and pottery are their main profit makers, trading mainly with Switzerland and the EU.
In 1719, the Principality of Liechtenstein was set up within the Holy Roman Empire and by 1806, had become a monarch run country. The country soon started close relations with Austria but came into financial ruin, due to the First World War and had to enter into a monetary and customs merger with Switzerland. By the end of the Second World War, Liechtenstein's low taxes encouraged excellent financial development but a weakness in banking regulations resulted in suspicion, concerning the use of the financial institution and money laundering. Since then though, the country has put into use new anti-money-laundering legislature and ended a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the America.
Little Liechtenstein does its utmost to entertain its guests and within its capital of Vaduz, the hub of the country, is the Kunstmuseum, where contemporary and private art collections are on display, including work by Rembrandt and Ruben. Visitors will also find glass-covered banks and a post office within the area…so anybody needing stamps…! Anyone wanting to get a bit active whilst in the country can find some fine hiking, mountaineering and skiing areas within its mountains, with the popular sport of ski mountaineering also on offer.
To travel around Liechtenstein, visitors can jump on the post bus, a cheap way to get about but one that ends early on in the day. The little country does not have an airport and the nearest one is in Zurich, Switzerland, where trains will take its passengers to the area of Schaan, just north of the capital. Leaving from Buchs and Sargans in Switzerland, buses can take visitors to the capital city of Vaduz every hour and from Feldkirch in Austria, the buses run every 30 minutes. From June through September most travellers will come to Liechtenstein, as the sun is shining and the sea is warm. Coming to the country from April to May or late September to October though will provide visitors with cheaper accommodation and more space. Winter sports addicts should arrive in the country from Christmas through April, as after this time, the snow will melt!
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