The tiny principality of Liechtenstein and is bordered by both Switzerland and Austria. It is also the only country to lie completely within the Alps. It covers an area of only 62 sq miles and has a population of around 35,000. The biggest town is Schaan and the Capital is Vaduz and is the smallest, yet richest, German speaking country in the World. The expression small but perfectly formed certainly applies to Liechtenstein.
Due to its location and mountainous terrain it is ideal as a winter sports destination. Due to its size it has long been thought of as a very exclusive ski destination, but the people themselves are the first to point out that everyone is welcome and there is no elitism in Liechtenstein. Whether you come as a couple, with your family or part of a large group a warm welcome is guaranteed.
What is the atmosphere like?
The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly and you immediately feel as if you are part of a family. Whether it is the intimacy of the resort, or simply the fact that the country is so small, there is something very special about Liechtenstein, and you almost say it is magical.
Who will enjoy it?
Skiing in Liechtenstein will suit everyone, from teeny tots to those who prefer to take a sleigh ride instead of soaring down the slopes. Whatever kind of winter sport you prefer, you will be able to do it here. Apart from the customary skiing and snowboarding there is sledding, ice skating, hiking, tours with huskies and dog sledding.
How many resorts are there?
There is only one resort in Liechtenstein and that is the compact and charming Triesenburg-Malbun. There is everything that you could possibly want here including ski schools for all skill levels, ideal skiing and carving opportunities on the immaculate slopes and over 23km of slopes for snowboarders. The gastronomy and of course the wine is superb and both local and international dishes are readily available.
Staying in Liechtenstein
The accommodation is vast and varied in Liechtenstein, you can stay in a hotel, a guest house or B&B, cabins, apartments, youth hostels or you can even bring your tent. There are some gorgeous hotels in and around the Malbun ski area, and to suit all budgets. Once such hotel, the Falknerei Galina even has its own falconry and you can watch the experts as work with these magnificent birds.
The cabins come in all shapes and sizes and are all warm, comfortable and spotlessly clean.
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