Liechenstein

Last Thursday (Oct 2), I happened to be there at Google office in Zurich, Switzerland for the 'Open Source Jam' event, where I spent a couple of hours. The next day, after the event, I spent only a few hours in Zurich (since I've been to Zurich before) and took the train to 'Liechenstein' (which is the 6th smallest country in the world), to look around a bit. A few pics from Zurich:

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From Switzerland - 2


From Switzerland - 2


From Switzerland - 2


Liechenstein is a land-locked country, sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria, spanning just 62 square kms. It is the 6th smallest country in the world and 4th smallest in Europe (Other being Vatican, San Marino and Monaco). The capital city of Liechenstein is Vaduz. Indeed, its just like a small town, spread over a couple of kms and so, a couple of hours should be sufficient to see this country ;-). As with Switzerland, Liechenstein also relies heavily on Banking/Financial sector, Tourism and other small things. It is also said to be a tax-haven, similar to Switzerland/Monaco (although it aint doing so good and has some economic setbacks, at the moment).

The journey to Liechenstein, from Zurich is just a couple of hours (around 2 & 1/2 hours).I'd to take the train from Zurich to Sargans (Switzerland) and from there, another short ride on the 'Liechenstein Bus', to get to Vaduz (Liechenstein). Here are a few pics that I shot, on the way to Liechenstein:

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From Switzerland - 2


From Switzerland - 2


After reaching Vaduz, I spent a couple of hours looking around the centre (which is where, you can spend sometime and see the main things of this country - apart from the castle on the hill). There's not much to do around this place. So, a couple of hours should be good enough for this trip. Also, I heard that the castle (which sits on a hill and overlooks the capital of Liechenstein - Vaduz) is closed for public (since it is still home to the prince of Liechenstein). So, I didn't plan on going there. Apart from that, I looked at some other areas of Liechenstein, like Schaan-Vaduz, et al. Here are some pics from Liechenstein:

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From Liechenstein


From Liechenstein


From Liechenstein


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From Liechenstein


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From Liechenstein


From Liechenstein


From Liechenstein


From Liechenstein


From Liechenstein


From Liechenstein


I also walked around the main shopping street and got some souvenirs. It wasn't that comfortable to walk around, as it was raining a bit and also that I had to carry my backpack. Here are some pics from around that place:

From Liechenstein


From Liechenstein


From Liechenstein


From Liechenstein


That was it, for Liechenstein. Later, I took the bus to Buchs (Switzerland), where I rented a car, so that I stuff my backpack and other luggage in the trunk of the car and drive around and get to my next destination (Davos, Switzerland). Once all the formalities were done and I got the car, I drove through Chur, Landquart and headed towards Davos, Switzerland. Davos is a small, town/village located on top of a mountain and surrounded by mountains. More formally, it's an 'Alpine Ski Village' (offering skiing and other stuff) and said to be a famous resort too. One more important thing is that this place hosts the 'World Economic Forum', every year (in which bigtime politicians and other business people from all over the world attend the event). In Europe, most people treat this place as an rich people's resort/skiing place. In general, Switzerland is an expensive place, when compared to many other countries in Europe. Most of the foods and other things cost around 2 times, as much as in Germany.

After driving half-way through, it turned dark and my car had to climb up the mountains, to reach Davos. I was a bit concerned, as I'd to drive on a narrow road (not all the way), on a mountainous landscape, which I'm not familiar with and also the fact that its dark and one side of the road is a deep valley. To make things worse, it was raining cats and dogs, which turned into a heavy snowfall, after a certain altitude. It was snowing all over the windscreen and affected the visibility. I heard that in some parts of Switzerland, you cannot drive your car without snow-chains. Although I drove at moderate speed, there were some crazy guys (obviously driving Porsche/BMW/SUV), overtaking me on that small road. Maybe they are Italians?!?!

After sometime, I was at an altitude that it doesn't go up anymore. The land and trees were totally covered with snow. Since it was totally white everywhere, I could see a bit of the landscape, from inside the car, at night time. It felt like driving in a magical world (specially because it doesn't snow in Germany in that part of the year and also that I come from a place, where it doesn't snow).

Later, I reached Davos, checked-in my hotel and stayed around that place for one day. I planned on going to St.Moritz too, but since it was snowing and the weather condition wasn't so favourable for driving around that place (on the mountains) and also that I'd to get back to home and start working (the next day), I drove back to Zurich, returned my rental car at the Zurich Airport and headed back home. I thought of posting my Davos trip info in a separate post, but I couldn't do it because I lost my camera (pretty new and expensive), in Zurich. Indeed I didn't lose it. Somebody stole it! So, I dont have pics to support the 'Davos Trip' post. I still regret losing all the wonderful pics that I shot in Davos and its surroundings. Anyways, thats it for the trip! Driving around Davos, in the Alps, with all the snow, beautiful nature, huge glacier lakes and mountainous landscape, was the best part of the trip. :-)

1 comment:

  1. if you want to explore the mountainous countryside or go skiing in one of the ski resorts in the alps, getting a car is a better option. numerous local and international car rental service providers operate from the airport.

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