small independant state in the Alps, squeezed in between Austria and Switzerland.
Has a rather extended currency
and economic agreement (union) with neighboring
Switzerland, after having had similar contract with
Austria until 1923.
Border controles and customs beween FL and CH do not exist, the customs and border controls to Austria are handled by Swiss authorties on Liechtenstein territory. Road signs and traffic rules are identic to Switzerland.
Size: 160 square km
Capital city: Vaduz
General information on the Principality: www.liechtenstein.li
www.lol.li - Liechtenstein Online
On the bridge over the river Rhine towards Balzers (FL) : Street sign and coat of arms of Liechtenstein.
In the background Gutenberg castle in Balzers can be seen.
The river Rhine forms the state boundary between Switzerland and Liechtenstein, yet no border checkpoint as if one was passing from one province/borough to another, still we are going abroad!
Radio L is the only radio
station on the air in Liechtenstein and can be captured
on various FM frequencies around the country.
Leaving the capital city Vaduz, you get to the Rhine and hence enter Switzerland after a few hundred yards.
Leaving Vaduz, you get to the Rhine, next to the modern concrete bridge for car traffic, and old wooden bridge can be found for pedestrians and cyclists only.
The 'real border' finally, between the
Principality and Austria: Checkpoint Schaanwald in the
picture, customs and immigrations is done by Swiss
customs officers and the text above the station reads
the last village before passing the border into Austria: Schaanwald, after all 7 miles from the capital city of Vaduz.
Truck of the Liechtenstein Post parked at the border.
Coming from Austria and entering Liechtenstein.
On the Austrian side, the Bundesstraße 191 leads us to Feldkirch after 2,5 miles.
The only train station of some importance in Liechtenstein along the railway track linking Swiss Buchs (CH) to Austrian Feldkirch (A).
Contrary to the initial foreword above, the
railway line is operated by the Austrian state railways: ÖBB!!
along the road from Balzers (FL) to Maienfeld (CH) we reach the only 'dry' border crossing from Liechtenstein into Switzerland with an old border-pole in the grass.
BK June 2002
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