Liechtenstein Travel Overview

Liechtenstein Travel Overview

GENERAL

Official name of the state

Principality of Liechtenstein.

Capital

Vaduz.

Geography

According to top-medical-schools, Liechtenstein lies between the Austrian state of Vorarlberg and the Swiss cantons of Graubünden and St. Gallen on the western roof of the Rätikon above the valley of the Alpine Rhine. Despite its small size, the principality is divided into an Oberland (the former County of Vaduz) and an Unterland (the former Lordship of Schellenberg) with a total of 11 autonomous villages that offer a wide range of leisure and entertainment options. Liechtenstein is known for its excellent wineries.

Government

Parliamentary monarchy since 1921. Constitution from 1921, last change in 2003. Parliament (Landtag) with 25 members.

Head of state

Hans Adam II, since 1989. (His son, Prince Alois, has been performing all official duties since 2004.)

Head of government

Adrian Hasler, since March 2013.

Electricity

230 V, 50 Hz.

Time zone

Central European Time: CET +2 (CET +3 from March 26 to October 29, 2017)

GETTING THERE

Arriving by plane

The nearest international airports are in Zurich and Friedrichshafen. For more information see Travel – International in the chapter Switzerland and Germany. The St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport is also nearby (Internet: www.peoples.ch) (approx. 50 km away).

Flight times

Frankfurt – Zurich: 1 hour; Vienna – Zurich: 1 hour 20 minutes. Switzerland.

Arrival by car

The N13 motorway runs along Liechtenstein’s Rhine border to Lake Constance, to Austria, north to the Federal Republic of Germany and south past Chur to St. Moritz. Zurich, Bern and Basel can also be reached via the motorways. Bus: Regular buses run by the Liechtenstein Bus Anstalt LBA (Internet: www.lba.li) travel between all eleven localities and also go to the Liechtenstein Alpine region and to Feldkirch in Austria and to Sargans and Buchs SG in Switzerland. Good connections by bus to Vaduz and the other communities. The bus ride from Buchs to the capital takes 15 minutes, the taxi takes around 10 minutes.
Documents: National driver’s license.
Traffic regulations:
alcohol limit: 0.5â?? °.

Arriving by train

Rail connections from Germany run via Munich, Innsbruck, Feldkirch. From Vienna you also drive via Feldkirch (travel time: 8 hours 30 minutes). The cheapest connection from Zurich is via Sargans and Buchs (SG), from where there are also good express train connections to Vaduz (travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes).

Liechtenstein Travel Overview

MONEY

Currency

Switzerland.

Credit cards

Common credit cards are accepted for both cashless payments and withdrawals from ATMs. Signs at shops, restaurants and ATMs indicate which cards are accepted in detail.

ATMs

ec / Maestro card / Sparcard

ATMs are available everywhere, withdrawals are possible with an EC card with Maestro symbol as well as with common credit cards. EC cards are also accepted for cashless payment.

Attention: Travelers who pay abroad with their bank customer card and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.

Bank opening times

  1. General Mon-Fri 8.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

No restrictions.

Currency Exchange

You can exchange money in banks (exchange fee of 5%), at the airport, in train stations at exchange machines and in hotels. Most hotels and restaurants accept euros.

LANGUAGE

Overview

The official language is German. Colloquial language is an Alemannic dialect.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

DUTY-FREE SHOPPING

Overview

  1. Switzerland.

ECONOMY

Business etiquette

Business visits during Easter week, from mid-July to late August and between mid-December and early January should be avoided.

Business hours:
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1.30 p.m.-5 p.m. If the lunch break is shorter, it closes earlier in the evening.

Economy

The economic interests of Liechtenstein are i. General Represented by the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and Industry (see Switzerland).

Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Altenbach 8 (Obera Haus), FL-9490 Vaduz
Tel: 237 55 11.
Internet: www.lihk.li

Business contacts

The economic interests of Liechtenstein are i. General Represented by the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and Industry (see Switzerland).

Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Altenbach 8 (Obera Haus), FL-9490 Vaduz
Tel: 237 55 11.
Internet: www.lihk.li

COMMUNICATION

Phone

International direct dialing.

Cellphone

GDM 900/1800. Network operators are Mobilkom (Internet: www.mobilkom.li), Tele 2 (Internet: www.tele2.li) and Telecom FL AG (Internet: www.telecom-fl.com).

Internet

You can access the Internet from the Telecom Shop in Vaduz or from the telephone booths operated by Swisscom. Main provider: LIE-NET (Internet: www.lie-net.li). Mobile surfing on the Internet is made possible by the Goodspeed Wi-Fi hotspots, which are subject to a charge (Internet: goodspeed.io/de/index.html).

Post Office

Post offices in Vaduz are Mon-Fri 7.45 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat 8 a.m.-11 a.m., in Schaan Mon-Fri 7.45 a.m.-12 a.m. and 1.45 p.m.-6 p.m., Sat 7.45 a.m.-11 a.m. and in Triesenberg Mon-Fri 7.45 a.m.-11.45 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.-5.45 p.m. Open on Saturday, 8.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Letters within Europe are en route for 3-4 days.

Radio

Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.

SHOP

Overview

Ceramics, pottery, postage stamps.

Shop opening times:
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-4 p.m. From April to October, the souvenir shops in Vaduz are also open on Sundays and public holidays.

NIGHTLIFE

Introduction

There is a cinema each in Vaduz, Balzers and Schaan. In the »Maschlina-Bar« and in the »Escape« in Triesen, in the »Tiffany« in Eschen, in the »Derby« in Schaanwald, in the »Pacha« and in the »Schlosshof« in Balzers you can dance. The TaK and Takino theaters in Schaan offer pantomime, dance theater, plays, jazz, concerts, cabaret, ballet and theater for children and young people.

CULINARY

ACCOMMODATION

Other accommodation options

Liechtenstein’s only youth hostel, between Schaan and Vaduz, is approx. 500 m away from the main road. Schaan-Vaduz Youth Hostel, Untere Rüttigasse 6, FL-9494 Schaan (Tel: 232 50 22. Internet: www.jugendherberge.ch/schaan). A total of 110 beds are available.

Hotels

Hotel classification: Hotels are divided into the Hotelstars Union star categories from one to five stars.

CULTURE

Religion

Catholics (76.2%), Protestants (7%).

Social rules of conduct

Manners: Shake hands to greet you.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in restaurants, pubs, bars and discos. There are no separate smoking rooms.

Tip:
Included.

CLIMATE

Best travel time

Temperate climate with warm, sometimes rainy summers. In winter it can get very cold at times.

COUNTRY DATA

Area code +423 Area (km2) 160 Population 37624 Population density (per km2) 235 Population in 2015 Member of the EU No main emergency number 144