It’s true, Liechtenstein makes a fabulous wine-and-cheese-hour trivia subject – Did you know it was the sixth smallest country?… It’s still governed by an iron-willed monarch who lives in a Gothic castle on a hill… Yes, it really is the world’s largest producer of dentures… But if you’re visiting this pocket-sized principality solely for the cocktail-party bragging rights, keep the operation covert. This theme-park micronation takes its independence seriously and would shudder at the thought of being considered for novelty value alone. Liechtenstein would rather be remembered for its stunning natural beauty.
Measuring just 25km in length and 6km in width, the country is barely larger than Manhattan. And though it might not look like much on a map, up close it’s filled with numerous hiking and cycling trails offering spectacular views of craggy cliffs, quaint villages, friendly locals and lush green forests.
Best places to stay in Liechtenstein
Switzerland - Liechtenstein (Chapter)
A tiny mountain principality governed by an iron-willed monarch, Liechtenstein is a rich banking state with an overwhelming amount of natural beauty for its size. Strike out into the Alpine wilderness beyond Vaduz and it longer seems quite so small.
Tiny countries that pack a big punch
Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung.
Western Europe - Belgium & Luxembourg (Chapter)
Stereotypes of comic books, chips and sublime chocolates are just the start in eccentric little Belgium: its self-deprecating people have quietly spent centuries producing some of Europe’s finest art and architecture.
Central Europe: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Central Europe guide provides a selection of literature to get you in the mood for your trip. Alpine Points of View: A Collection of Images of the Alps (2004), by Kev Reynolds, entices armchair travellers with engaging short text and stunning photos.
Central Europe - Hungary (Chapter)
The allure of Budapest, once an imperial city, is obvious at first sight, and it also boasts the hottest nightlife in the region. Other cities, too, like Pécs, the warm heart of the south, and Eger, the wine capital of the north, have much to offer travellers.
Central Europe Phrasebook
One of the rewarding things about travelling through Central Europe is the rich variety of cuisine, customs, architecture and history. The flipside of course is that you’ll encounter a number of very different languages. Most languages spoken in Central Europe belong to what’s known as the Indo-European language family, believed to have originally developed from one language spoken thousands of years ago.