Travel adventures - a sunny day in Liechtenstein

delishtreats
Taste and travel @delishtreats8 months ago | 7 min read

Autumn weekends in Schaffhausen are usually grey and cold, so we like to spend them somewhere else. Last weekend we decided to go to Liechtenstein and we were so lucky with the weather. It was drizzling all the way to the mountains but as soon as we crossed the border the weather changed, and it was nice and sunny 😊

Liechtenstein is an independent principality, a princedom (Das Fürstentum), landlocked in the Alps between Switzerland and Austria. I is the fourth-smallest country in Europe and the sixth-smallest country in the world. It doesn't have its own currency and you can pay with the Swiss Francs or Euros.

It was founded in 1718/1719. The Princely House of Liechtenstein is among the world's oldest noble families. The first mention of the family dates back to the beginning of the 12th century.

It is one of the richest nations in the world but today I'm not going to talk about money. Today, I'm going to take you to the mountains surrounding this small country.

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It took us around 1.5 hours by car to get to Vaduz which is the capital of Liechtenstein. If you ever come to this country, make sure to visit Vaduz as well. It's a very small town with around 5,000 residents. Because of its size, it's a great city for one day trip. There are many good museums and interesting artworks around the city as well. It's worth a visit.

From Vaduz we drove up the hill through Triesenberg to Masescha. There are many hiking trails from there.

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On the way up, we parked the car at the side of the road and enjoyed the views. Can you see the river in the valley?

The river Rhine forms 27 km of the natural border with Switzerland. We are now in Liechtenstein and on the other side of the river you can see the Swiss Alps.

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There are many houses with spectacular views like this one.. Many of them are for sale if you're interested 😊

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It was a quiet day, and the roads were empty. This sidewalk stretches from Vaduz deep into the mountains. Are you asking who would use such a sidewalk? I was surprised to see many people jogging from Vaduz up in the mountains. It must be one of the most active nations too 😊

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After around 25 minutes (Google maps says 15 minutes but it's impossible to drive here 80 km/h if you don't know the road) we reached Masescha and started exploring.

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Our walk started with breathtaking views of the Appenzell Alps. Appenzell is Switzerland's most traditional region. I've heard that you should set your watch back 10 years when you cross the cantonal border. Can you imagine that until 1989 the women of the region couldn't vote on the local level? Nowadays, it's of course different and there are many changes that happened over the last years, but it is still 'a must' to visit Appenzell when you want to learn more about Swiss culture and traditions.

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Masescha is a picturesque village surrounded by large forests.

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It's an ideal place for geography lessons as from here we can see three different mountain ranges. In front of us is the Rätikon mountain range of the Eastern Alps which is on the border between Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Rätikon mountain range is well known for areas of ocean sediment from Ancient Europe and Ancient Africa.

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If we turn a little bit to the right we can see the Glarus Alps of northeastern Switzerland (in the back of the photo). There are some challenging summits and beautiful lakes in this mountain range.

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Turn a little bit more to the right and admire the Appenzell Alps again.

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There is more of the Appenzell Alps if we continue turning to the right.

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And last but not least behind us is another part of the Rätikon range.

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We decided to take it easy and took the shortest and the most relaxing hiking trail ever. It was quite flat, and it took us around 30 minutes to complete. I think it was some kind of a rehabilitation trail as there were also many benches to relax. It's a pity that I forgot my book at home 😊

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I know what you think - how come there were again no people around? I have no idea 😊

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The trail led us mainly through forest. It was nice to see the rocky mountains in between the trees.

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Look at the color of these yellow trees..

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Now, we are slowly coming back to the village. I told you it was the shortest trail ever. But as we still have some time today we will visit a castle too..

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Before we go to the castle I'd like to share a few photos of flowers that we saw on the way.

An old, white-haired dandelion waiting for its seeds to be taken away by strong wind..

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A lonely meadow flower in the forest..

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Two best buddies..

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A strong violet resisting the cold..

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It's very special to see these flowers in November.

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On the way back to Vaduz we stopped by the Vaduz castle that lies on a hill 120 meters above the city.

The first mention of the castle dates back to 1322. It was originally built in the 12th century as a fortress. The castle was renovated between 1905 and 1912 and it serves as a private official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

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We arrived to the castle later in the afternoon and it was getting chilly but we decided to go on a short walk and admire the castle from some distance.

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You can park your car and reach the hiking trail in around 200 meters..

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And here it is - the Vaduz castle in its full glory! The castle is however not open to the public as Hans-Adam II, the 15th Prince of the House of Liechtenstein, still lives there with his family. To protect the privacy of the royal family it is forbidden to use drones in the whole area.

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This is the closest that we could get to the castle. I was surprised to see many tourists around. It would be great if they would turn the part of the castle that is not used by the family to a museum. If this ever happen, I will show you the castle from inside as well 😊

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It was still raining when we came back home, so we were happy that we decided to go on a day trip.

I hope you have enjoyed another day with me.

Thank you for reading,

Cheers,
Martina

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As usually, all photos are taken by my Nikon D3200 AF-S NIKKOR 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II (except of the ones indicated in the text)

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there you go again! The most curied author on steemit! (and deservedly so)

You're awesome Martina!

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Honestly? I was surprised to see it this time. They didn't show up for long so I thought that I'm already considered a 'discovered' author ;)

Thank you Dave!

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that wonderful photos, natural colors and full of positive suggestions good! By the way, the Hans-Adam II castle is an ideal subject for a watercolor. ;-) Great @delishtreats!

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Then you should come to Liechtenstein and paint it :) I'm sure I would love that painting!

Thank you for visiting Armando :)

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I always need to put your posts to the side until I have the time to truly enjoy them! Your photos and information are just too good to read through quickly without fully digesting. It's like getting a full fancy multiple course meal that you want to savor every bite! I'm so glad the weather cleared for your weekend adventure so you could share these wonderful views with us yet again. Some day I will see a castle up close...

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Oh Katie! I've seen your comment when I was in bed already and didn't want to reply with my eyes half closed :)

You are so sweet! It is very important to me that you like my posts. And I'm so glad to hear that you take time to read them :) It's an honor! Thank you girl! You made my day!

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Believe me, it is absolutely my pleasure! I was just talking about you to a friend at work yesterday telling her you give me such wanderlust! She's going to Germany with her husband and son for Christmas this year, so I'm a wee bit envious. I'm excited for them, though, as I know they'll have a great time. Their son just turned 13 and this will be his first trip to Europe.

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Your posts are so immersive, was a pleasure to discover Liechtenstein this way, didn't know it's so beautiful out there.

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I do it so that you see how beautiful it is and plan Eurovelo XY here ;) I'm 100% sure that you would love it and wouldn't want to go back to Romania ;)

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Somebody told me recently that saw some houses on sale with an amazing mountain view :)

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Hahaha, if you have money to buy one of them, I'll make sure to visit you more often than you would like me to :D

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I believe in the Power of Steem!!! I'm sure if you continue to write posts like this you'll afford one sooner rather than latter. I bet the coffee tests better over there :)

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janton
Jonboy @janton8 months ago

howdy delishtreats! haha! What an amazing, amazing post with such tremendous views and sights. My oh my...hey Liechtenstein really has homes with fabulous views for sale? I wonder how much they go for? lol.

And that castle! wow..I wonder how many sq ft that thing has? It looks big! I bet it's huge. Anyway thanks for this wonderful post, it's a thing of beauty!

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2 questions: How much time does it take you to create this? With pics editing and all the stuff? Also, do you have some photography portfolio somewhere? Shutterstock maybe?

Haha looking at that bench, I wasn't thinking where are other people. I was thinking that if I sat there I'd for sure forget there something :D happens always :D

Wow, so you're also Martina? Soo cool! Oh and last but not least - don't call me BOY! :D

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Let me think.. it takes me around 30 minutes to select photos that I want to post. Then it takes me another 30-45 minutes to edit them (depends on how many I post). Then it takes me around 15 minutes to put them in correct order. Then it takes me around 1 to 2 hours to do the writing as I keep writing and deleting all over - life of a perfectionist :D So it might take up to 4 hours to make a post.. I don't have a photography portfolio loaded anywhere.. shall I do it? :)

Really? I used to forget my umbrellas. Then I got a BIG one so there is no way I can forget it :D It's not the most practical solution though..

Have you realized just today? :D Hahahahahaha

Oh well, I thought that you said that those gifts are for: These are all for the adults grown up classy men. So I might have misunderstood you :D

EDIT: I'm sorry I don't really comment on your posts recently. I have my family here and I just find time every now and then to upvote posts but to do comments is challenging. I'll be back in a week..

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Hmmm well I'm pretty sure you could get some tiny income going from e.g. shutterstock or some other photo websites. Your pics are aaaabsolutely amazing! 4 hours is actually not that bad, I thought it might be more.

I keep forgetting stuff everywhere all the time. Once came back home from school without a school bag :D

Yepp realized just under this post :D

And hahah actually, I don't really care, I indeed am a boy :D Altho I'm getting old, but still feel pretty childish :D so you're actually right, I don't care if you call me a boy haha, I just thought you might like it if I act as if it bothers me and you can call me boy all the time to make me "angry"...hmm..not really angry...I mean...ze ma proste budes moct s tym slovickom podpichovat :D

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wilnonis
Wilnonis @wilnonis8 months ago

My godness, this country is so beautiful! The nature reminds me so much of Lithuania, yet the landscapes are so mountain-ish it's simply so beautiful :)

I was actually surprised you didin't meet too many people on the trail, I wonder why that is. Also I couldn't help but notice how clean the enviroment is, sadly in Lithuania where I live, most parks or trecking rails are littered with trash :(

Thank you for this great post, I now have another coutry on my list I'd love to visit! :)

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Lithuania? I've never been but I've heard that it's beautiful. Are there mountains as well?

I like when I don't meet many people on the trail. I think it's because there are not that many people coming there in November. Tourists mainly come in summer or winter but autumn is not that popular.

Liechtenstein and Switzerland take great care of their nature. All is maintained and cleaned and this is how I like it :)

Thank you for visiting. I hope you'll manage to come here one day :)

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wilnonis
Wilnonis @wilnonis8 months ago

It is beautiful, Lithuania has a lot of beautiful forests and lakes, but no mountains. We do have some interesting little islands. If you ever decide to come to Lithuania check out 'Trakų pilis' it's a fortress on a very small island, it was build in the 14th century and it held up really good. And the nature about it is unlike anything else I've ever seen :)

here is a little picture of it :)

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Wow! It looks amazing! Thank you for the tip! If I ever go to Lithuania, I'll get in touch with you to get more insider tips :)

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Excellent article, Martina. So many lovely photos and descriptions.

Well, is it me or your post is bigger than the country itself? 😂😂😂

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Hahaha, this is a good point! :D I think my post might be bigger :D

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And endless thanks from me, for setting the bar so high, you push us all to be better writers and content creators. Bless you @delishtreats. You are Maximum Awesome.

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I don't even know what to say other than THANK YOU!! :) You made my day, Lindsay!

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That works for me SiSTAR :) :) :) I'm smiling and feeling the thanks!!

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mattifer
Mattifer @mattifer8 months ago

It was awesome seeing Liechtenstein again! I'm so glad I was able to go to Europe this last summer, and it's always very cool when I come across a post from somewhere I've been. As always, great photos!

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It's a pity that we didn't know each other when you were here.. we could have met :)

I was actually thinking about you when I was writing it :) I hoped you would see it :)

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mattifer
Mattifer @mattifer8 months ago

I agree! That would have been fun. I was thrilled to find your post. I only spent a couple hours in Liechtenstein, so it was nice to see some of the countryside. Next time I get to Europe we'll have to get together.

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Absolutely beautiful! I love those fall colors - the yellow trees mixed in with the green is just stunning. Also - a CASTLE! Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you for visiting and for your nice words :) It's a pity I couldn't go inside of the castle..

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