Liechtenstein: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Liechtenstein, a tiny country between Austria and Switzerland, has an area of only 62 square miles (160 square kilometers). Since it is surrounded by countries which are themselves landlocked, it has the distinction of being doubly landlocked. It is generally referred to as a country but officially its title is the Principality of Liechtenstein. It has one of the few remaining European monarchies, with a royal family which is resident in the capital city, Vaduz. The river Rhine runs through the capital. The official language is German. The resident population is in the region of 36,000 people although this is increased throughout the year by visitors keen to experience the winter sports or the summer alpine meadows. An especially popular activity for visitors is to obtain a Liechtenstein visa for their passports from the capital's visitor center.

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Many of Liechtenstein's historical highlights are in the capital, Vaduz. This is a small town of around 5,000 inhabitants, but it also has some must-see museums and galleries including the Liechtenstein National Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Ski and Winter Sports Museum. Looming over the town is the picturesque Vaduz Castle. The castle is not open to visitors, as it is the residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein, but it is still worth a visit for the surroundings and the view.

Liechtenstein's currency is the Swiss franc but it is commonplace for transactions in larger shops and establishments to be conducted in euros. All the major credit cards are accepted pretty well everywhere.

For communication, the international dialing code is +423. For emergency services, dial 112.