Liechtenstein is officially known as the Principality of Liechtenstein. Not only is it a doubly landlocked German-speaking alpine country, it is also a microstate in Central Europe which is bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east and north. The capital of Liechtenstein is Vaduz and its biggest town is Schaan. Apart from having one of the highest gross domestic products per person in the world when adjusted by purchasing power parity, Liechtenstein also has one of the lowest global unemployment rates at 1.5%.
By measure of GDP per capita, Liechtenstein is the richest country in the world and it is also the only country to lie entirely in the Alps. It is a constitutional monarchy headed by a prince, making it known as a principality. Liechtenstein has many cultivated fields and small farms. It is also a known member of the European Free Trade Association and part of the European Economic Area and the Schengen Area, but not of the European Union.
Walsermuseum - This place is located in Vaduz and it is considered as Triesenberg’s star attraction. This museum tells the story of the Walsers and also houses some curious carvings out of twisted tree trunks and branches. The Walsers were a German-speaking ‘tribe’ from the Valais. History stated that they emigrated across Europe in the 13th century and settled in various places, making Liechtenstein one of those.
Burg Gutenberg - Also located in Vaduz, this state-owned hilltop 13th-century castle is only open for to the public for concerts. The area where it is located was settled as early as the Neolithic period and historians confirmed that they have found Roman elements in the castle foundations. The castle was restored in the early 20th century after it met with a fire incident. Those who plan to visit the castle can take Bus 12 shuttles between Vaduz and Balzers.
Schloss Vaduz - Also another castle located in Vaduz, this castle is not open to the public. However, people still climb to the castle for its magnificent vistas. During August 15, for the annual Liechtenstein’s National Day, there are fireworks and the prince invites all 36,281 Liechtensteiners over to his place for a glass of wine or beer.
Munich is known by everyone as the capital and also the largest city of the German state of Bavaria. Munich is also overall the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. Travellers will get to enjoy Munich through the castles and the museums such as Deutsches Museum, Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, and the Pinakothek der Moderne, while the Neuschwanstein castle is a surreal structure that has great craftsmanship. Oktoberfest also happens in Munich and is widely celebrated not only by the locals, but as well as tourists.
Sapporo is popular for having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, which was the first ever held in Asia, and for the city's annual Yuki Matsuri, internationally referred to as the Sapporo Snow Festival. The festival alone draws more than two million tourists from around the world. Those who are curious about Sapporo's winter sports history can visit the Sapporo Winter Sports Museum. Visitors will get to experience a computerised ski-jump simulator, allowing those who have never skied to safely try it out.
How to get out of Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein has no airport, so those who plan to travel out of the country can go to the nearest airport, Zurich Airport in Switzerland. It is located 130km or 80 mi by road from Liechtenstein. The nearest small airport to Leichtenstein is St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport, which is 50km or 30 mi away.
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