Liechtenstein's claim to fame is that it's the world's largest producer of postage stamps and dentures. Though small, people come to visit this country for the amazing scenery of the Alps, its 250 miles of hiking trails, and it's one small skiing resort. After researching what we wanted to do here we picked out a hike in Malbun called Sassweg, which is supposed to have beautiful views of the alps and pass charming structures such as The Chapel of Peace. Unfortunately, mother nature had different plans for us as it was so foggy we couldn't see 10 feet in front of us. The main appeal of this hike is the views! We went back and forth deciding what to do, but the woman at the tourist office highly suggested against it. So we had to nix that idea and use our time in other ways.
|When we first got there it wasn't too bad...|
|Where we were supposed to start our hike: Chapel of Peace|
|Probably a good idea that we didn't go down that path|
Grumbling stomachs led us to a wonderful restaurant where we had a soothing and delicious meal.
|The best tomato soup ever!|
After lunch we drove down out of the mountains and headed towards the capital of Vaduz. Vaduz is more like a village than a capital city, and seems to cater a lot to tourists since this is typically the only city in Liechtenstein people see. There's not too much to do in this city (which is why we had planned a hike in Malbun) but before the rain came we were able to walk up the steep hills to Vaduz Castle where the present day prince lives, although we weren't allowed to go into the castle for that reason.
The rain really started to come down after this so we ducked into the postage stamp museum, which showcases all of the national stamps produced since 1912. Fortunately, admission is free. And luckily there was an exhibition upstairs of a photographer who had amazing water pictures, which made the visit to the museum a little more interesting.
We walked around the small city in the rain, looking at the main city square with the art museum and cathedral, but after a while we decided to call it quits.
|Government building on left with the Cathedral of St. Florin in the background.|
|New Parliament Building|
|More of the National Museum|
We enjoyed our trip to Liechtenstein, but we wish the weather had been better so we could have seen the amazing views we had read about and seen in pictures. Nevertheless, this small country is not to be missed!