After Stefan and I left Switzerland we decided to check out Liechtenstein. The entire country of Liechtenstein is only 62 square miles, making it the 6th smallest country in the world. In fact, the capital Vaduz has only about 5,000 people living in it. A few facts about Liechtenstein: Liechtenstein has one of the world’s lowest crime rates with its last murder occurring in 1997. Liechtenstein is the world’s leading manufacturer of false teeth. Once a year the Royal Family invites all of the residents of this tiny principality to the castle to enjoy a beer in the garden, and Liechtenstein has no Army.
As we were driving to Liechtenstein we got our first view of the Swiss Alps from our car window.
I cannot even describe to you how beautiful the Alps are. Because of the way the light hit the mountains it almost looked like velvet. It was incredible.
Upon arriving in Vaduz we parked the car and were greeted with this view.
Come on, how gorgeous is that? We originally had plans to visit St. Florin Cathedral, but as you can see it was under construction. We walked the main streets and Vaduz and took in the sights. This honestly didn’t take long at all.
You’ll see mostly banks as Liechtenstein is a bank haven.
You’ll also see charming little things like this “Take a Book, Leave a Book Library”. I think these are the cutest things and I’ve never seen one so of course I had to stop and see if any books were in English. No go 🙁
We had to stop into the Tourist Information Center and get a passport stamp! We had to pay for it (bummer), but it was only 3 CHF and was the first stamp in our passports since arriving in Germany. I love the ease of open borders for traveling Europe, but man, I’d really like to have all the passport stamps!
We walked by the Parliament building of Liechtenstein which is a really interesting design. I wish we could have went inside, but it was already closed for the day.
We also spent time near the fountain outside of Vaduz Town Hall. I just love how fancy the town halls are in Europe.
All around Vaduz you could see Vaduz Castle towering above the town. We spent some time in the National Museum of Liechtenstein which was interesting and informative. We had plans to go into the Postage Stamp Museum (seriously), but they had already closed for the day. Liechtenstein is famous for its postage stamps and we really wanted to buy some valuable ones. Oh well, maybe next time.
We walked around Vaduz some more and just looked at the mountains basically. Mountains always amaze me, but something about looking at the Alps is just special.
I wish these could be our views each day.
We had a really nice time in Vaduz. I honestly wish we would have just skipped Switzerland all together and just hung out around here all day. It was laid back and calm, not packed full of tourists and we loved every minute of it. If you decide to visit be aware that a lot of things close early between 3-4 pm and that the National Museum and Tourist Information center close at 5 pm. We have plans to go back in the fall, rent a cabin in the mountains and sip Liechtenstein wine on our balcony. We plan to further explore Liechtenstein as well. The country has a lot to offer: hiking, vineyards, skiing and AMAZING views!
Bonus: on our way home we saw this rainbow after we drove through 15 minutes of the hardest hail ever!