The Principality of Liechtenstein offers a surprisingly diverse mix of culture, nature and cuisine. Liechtenstein, the fourth-smallest country in Europe, lies between Switzerland and Austria. The Rhine Valley with its mild climate gives way to mountainous terrain with peaks of up to 2599 m. Among travellers, this Alpine state of 37,000 inhabitants is still considered an insider tip.
Despite measuring just 160 km², Liechtenstein is home to an exceptionally diverse range of attractions and offers something for everyone. Indeed, even the famous National Geographic Traveler Magazine has discovered Liechtenstein and selected it as one of the must-visit destinations worldwide.
Visitors with a passion for outdoor sports are spoilt for choice thanks to the countrys 400 km of well-signposted walking paths stretching from the valley floor up into the mountains, from gentle walks to challenging multi-day hikes in the Alps. Mountainbikers can also explore an abundance of clearly marked trails ideal for all abilities, while around 100 km of gentle cycle paths are a great way to discover the country and its sights on two wheels.
Situated in a protected position at 1600 metres above sea level, the Alpine village of Malbun offers guaranteed snow, modern lifts, 23 km of pistes and a childrens area known as malbi-park. Its family- facilities have even seen it receive the Families Welcome Award. The nearby region of Steg-Valüna is a paradise for cross-country skiers and provides 15 km of idyllic trails catering for both the traditional classic technique and the more modern skating technique.
With its museums, postage stamp collections, summer festivals and fine dining, it is no wonder that Liechtenstein is a popular destination for visitors wishing to experience the local culture on holiday. Highlights during the summer months include the National Day, LiGiTa guitar festival, Liechtenstein Festival and open-air film festival. In the pedestrianised area in the centre of Vaduz just a stones throw from the picturesque vineyards and impressive Vaduz Castle many museums, galleries and restaurants invite guests to embark on a cultural and culinary journey of discovery. Liechtensteins ten other municipalities are also home to thriving art, music and theatre scenes.
Considering its size, Liechtenstein has a remarkable number of excellent winemakers based in the mild Rhine Valley. A must for serious wine enthusiasts is a trip to the Prince of Liechtenstein Winery, where visitors can taste and purchase wines produced using grapes grown in the private vineyard belonging to the Prince. When it comes to food, Liechtenstein has many fine restaurants decorated with stars and toques, but also traditional guesthouses serving regional specialties. One of the most popular such dishes is Käsknöpfle mit Apfelmus, a hearty pasta-like dish with melted cheese and served with apple sauce, while drinks include whiskey, liqueurs and beer produced in Liechtenstein.