Liechtenstein


The Principality of Liechtenstein is Europe's fourth smallest country (160 sqkm in size) and has the highest GDP per capita in the world, when adjusted for purchasing power parity. I know I'm repeating myself when describing Europe's underrated microstates, but Liecthenstein was gorgeous just like the other ones: Luxembourg, Malta, Vatican City, San Marino, Monaco and Andorra.

Vaduz, the country's capital (population 5,100), is nice and full of very tasteful urban sculptures and art. Walk around the pedestrianised Stadtle Street and check out the shops and restaurants.

From Vaduz take the 20 minute hike up to Schloss Vaduz, the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. You cannot visit the castle, but the views of the city below and of the castle itself are very nice.

Located in a mountainous region, Liechtenstein offers great scenery everywhere you go. I visited the tiny town of Malbun (elevation: 1,600 metres, population: 50) which offered stunning views of the surrounding mountains (the drive from Vaduz to Malbun is also very scenic). Take the ski lift to 2,000 metres for even more spectacular views. The place seems to offer some incredibly scenic hiking trails, which I didn't have enough time for.

All in all, Liechtenstein was a great experience; too bad it's one of Europe's lesser known countries.

Read a detailed account of my trip to Liechtenstein here (a part of my series on Europe's Microstates)

Additional info:
- country entry on Wikipedia
- country profile on Wikivoyage

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