Bargaining or haggling over prices is not common practice in Liechtenstein.
Dangers & Annoyances
- There is not much crime of any sort in Liechtenstein.
- Winter road conditions are your biggest worry.
- Check weather forecasts before heading out to go hiking into the mountains.
- Speed limits are strictly enforced by speed cameras – drive within the limits as fines are expensive.
The Museum & Adventure Pass provides free or reduced admission to 30 Liechtenstein attractions plus unlimited use of buses to get you to them. It comes in one-, two- or three-day options (adult Sfr25/29/39, child Sfr17/19/25, children under six years free). Get your card at the Liechtenstein Center in Vaduz or other locations listed at www.erlebnispass.li.
Emergency & Important Numbers
Entry & Exit Formalities
Liechtenstein is a member of the Schengen Agreement. There are no immigration controls at the borders.
- Visitors may import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 250g of pipe tobacco.
- The allowance for alcoholic beverages is 1L for beverages containing more than 15% alcohol by volume, and 2L for beverages containing up to 15%.
- Gifts up to the value of Sfr200 may also be imported.
- An unlimited amount of foreign or local currency can be brought in or taken out of the country.
Visas requirements are the same as Switzerland and generally not required for stays of up to 90 days. Some non-European citizens require a Schengen Visa. There are no border formalities when crossing between the two countries.
Liechtenstein is fairly conservative – women did not get the right to vote until 1984.
- Avoiding offence Remember where you are! Liechtenstein is its own country and the locals are very proud of their national identity. Avoid labelling them Swiss, Austrian or German!
- Political conversation The prince is very popular, so try to avoid putting down the monarchy as a system of government when discussing politics.
- Religious issues Liechtenstein is strongly Catholic. Avoid controversial religious topics and be aware that there usually isn't much going on on Sundays.
Most hotels and some bars and restaurants will have wi-fi access for clients. There's free wi-fi at the Liechtenstein Center in Vaduz.
- Liechtenstein is staunchly Catholic; displays of LGBT+ affection are best kept discreet.
- Mostly, LGBT+ persons or couples are allowed to be who they are with little or no interference.
- There are no exclusively gay bars or clubs in tiny Liechtenstein.
- Liechtenstein is like a huge family, where everyone knows each other and minds their own business.
- Flay (www.flay.li) is a local LGBT+ group promoting the acceptance of gays and lesbians in Liechtenstein.
- There is little in the way of corruption in Liechtenstein.
- Speed limits are strictly enforced by speed camera.
- The drinking age for beer, wine and cider is 16 years, while for spirits and spirit-based beverages it is 18.
Prices are comparable with those found in Switzerland, and the Swiss currency is used. ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted in most hotels and restaurants.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
Tipping is not expected (although it is appreciated) in Liechtenstein.
In general, opening hours are similar to those in Switzerland.
Banks 8.30am–4.30pm Monday to Friday
Restaurants 11.30am–2pm and 6pm–10pm
Bars and Clubs 9pm–2am
Shops 9am–7pm Monday to Saturday
Liechtensteinische Post AG is the postal service of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Devoutly Catholic, Liechtenstein takes off all the main religious feast days, plus Labour Day (1 May) and National Day (15 August), totalling a healthy 22 public holidays annually.
- Smoking Smoking is prohibited on public transport, in public buildings, in restaurants and bars.
Taxes & Refunds
Value-added tax (VAT) in Liechtenstein sits at 8% – this sales tax is included in prices you see in shops.
Liechtenstein’s international country code is 423.
Most phones on European GSM networks function in Liechtenstein; check with your provider about costs. If your phone works in Switzerland, it will work here.
Liechtenstein is in the Central European Time Zone (CET), which is GMT/UTC plus one hour. Daylight-saving time starts at 2am on the last Sunday in March, when it is two hours ahead of GMT/UTC, and finishes at 3am on the last Sunday in October.
- Public toilets are clean and mostly free.
For general information on the country, visit www.liechtenstein.li and www.tourismus.li.
Liechtenstein Center Offers brochures, souvenir passport stamps (Sfr3) and screens with scenes from all over the country.
Travel with Children
- Liechtenstein is family-friendly, with all sorts of activities for kids and families.
- During winter the Malbi Park area in Malbun is a great place to learn how to ski and snowboard.
- Summer offers themed hiking trails, swimming pools and outdoor sports activities.
Travellers with Disabilities
Liechtenstein Tourism (www.tourismus.li) has a page dedicated to travellers with disabilities on its website.
All bus routes are operated with low-floor buses, and a number of attractions have facilities for disabled travellers.
Three specific easy-to-access obstacle-free paths have been designed for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility:
- the 7km Bendern to Schaan route
- the 9km Vaduz to Balzers route
- the 7km Valünaweg route
Accessible Travel Online Resources
Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.
Volunteers are welcome, especially in homes for the elderly. Liechtenstein has introduced a Volunteer Service Certificate; volunteers can record their work to serve as personal reference.
Weights & Measures
- Weights & Measures The metric system is used.
It is not easy to find work in Liechtenstein. Most non-locals working here are Swiss, Austrian or German. As Liechtenstein is not a member of the EU, there is no obligation to let nationals of EU countries live and work in the country.