Liechtenstein: A Day in the Microstate of Art, Luxury, and Warmth

Liechtenstein is one of the world's smallest countries, yet it has a big heart. The warm hospitality and friendliness of its people make...

Liechtenstein is one of the world's smallest countries, yet it has a big heart. The warm hospitality and friendliness of its people make any visit memorable. When I was in Bavaria in 2018, I seized an opportunity to make a day trip to Liechtenstein. At that time, my knowledge about this country was limited to its reputation as a financial haven where the wealthy securely stowed their money. Turns out, that this tiny country is well worth the visit as the people here embrace a strong sense of community, and visitors often experience a warm reception. 
Liechtenstein's wine-making heritage is deeply rooted, and a unique aspect of this is the royal family's involvement. The Prince of Liechtenstein's estates boast impressive vineyards, and their wine cellars produce some of the finest wines in the region. Grapes thrive in the warm and sheltered Rhine Valley, contributing to the exquisite flavours of Liechtenstein's wines.
It's quite delightful to know that you're drinking wine made in the cellars owned by the prince himself.
Liechtenstein's reputation for affluence is well-founded. The country is known for attracting wealthy individuals and businesses due to its favourable tax environment and financial services. 
As a result, the standard of living is notably high, and this permeates into various aspects of daily life, reflecting luxury amenities, upscale shopping, and top-notch services.
As you explore the streets, you'll notice that Liechtenstein's taxi cabs are predominantly the luxurious Mercedes E-Class. Travelling in style is a common theme in this affluent country.
A medium-sized pumpkin that costs 30 Swiss Francs (about USD $30) should tell you something about the cost of living in this country.
Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, is a haven for contemporary art enthusiasts. 
While historical buildings are relatively sparse. Vaduz city centre, referred to as "St├Ądtle", resembles a museum of modern art with its vibrant galleries and sculptures.
The Vaduz Art Museum showcases an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, featuring works by renowned artists. The Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is another architectural gem that holds an exceptional range of contemporary and modern art pieces, making Vaduz a thriving hub for art and culture.
Despite being a sovereign state, Liechtenstein has opted to use the Swiss Franc (CHF) as its official currency. This choice stems from the principality's close economic ties and cooperation with Switzerland, providing economic stability and facilitating trade and tourism between the two countries.
Vaduz Castle, perched majestically on a hill overlooking Vaduz, is a symbol of Liechtenstein's monarchy. Though visitors can't enter the castle as it serves as the private residence of the princely family, the structure itself is a sight to behold. The panoramic view from the castle grounds offers a stunning panorama of the Rhine Valley, making it a must-visit spot for history and architecture enthusiasts.
One of the unique sights here is the covered bridge over the Rhine River, connecting Liechtenstein to Switzerland. The picturesque view from this vantage point is a must-see.
Liechtenstein's stunning alpine landscape offers plenty of outdoor activities. While I didn't have a chance to explore them, I have heard that the picturesque mountains, verdant valleys, and clear lakes provide the perfect backdrop for adventure and relaxation, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers.
Is Liechtenstein worth your time and money? I think it is if you already find yourself in this region nestled between Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This tiny country is a nice place to spend a day or two as it lets you immerse yourselves in the fascinating blend of modernity, art, and luxury that Liechtenstein has to offer.

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