After leaving Venice, my next destination was the tiny nation of Liechtenstein. But to get there by Eurail, first I had an incredibly beautiful train journey though Austria, Northern Italy and a small part of Switzerland. These routes have consistently been named some of the most scenic train journeys in Europe, and I can vouch for that.
Once finally in Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s tiny Capital, I was greeted at an amazing hotel called Hotel Giessen, which was luxurious and comfortable; something I really needed and appreciated after such a long journey. The tourism board of Liechtenstein recommended Hotel Giessen, and it turned out to be quite nice. They also hooked me up with the country’s Adventure pass, which is an awesome way for budget travelers to experience Liechtenstein.
So all in all I had a great time getting to know this tiny country, and ended up learning a lot in my short stay here. Here are some of those things!
Things I learned about Liechtenstein
1. Liechtenstein has won nine Olympic medals.
2. Liechtenstein probably has the highest proportion of companies per capita of any country in the world, with one business for every nine citizens.
3. There are a total of 1,000,000 clinker bricks around the government district in Vaduz. If laid out end to end they would measure 250km, three times the length of Liechtenstein’s border.
5. Liechtenstein has not had an army since 1868.
6. The official name is actually The Principality of Liechtenstein.
7. The Liechtenstein Castle, owned by the royal family, is actually in Austria.
8. the Principality has no coastline, no airport and no harbour. They also don’t have their own currency.
9. Grauspitz is their highest point, at 2599 in elevation.
10. In 2003 Liechtenstein implemented anti-money-laundering legislation and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US.
11. Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan are the only two doubly landlocked countries in the world
12. Liechtenstein is the fourth-smallest country in Europe and the sixth-smallest country in the world. With an area of just 160km². The smallest in Europe being Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino.
13. The capital, Vaduz, only has a population of around 5300. The whole country has less that 40k
14. Liechtenstein is a unitary parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy. -Prince Hans-Adam II, Regent Alois, Prime Minister Adrian Hasler.
15. The national day of Liechtenstein is celebrated on August 15.
16. There are about 50,000 people that visit Liechtenstein every year, more the the whole population.