Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012
Currency: Swiss Franc (official) Euro (unofficial)
Language: German (dialect)
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This tiny Principality is sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria and is the forth smallest country in the world. Lichtenstein is nowhere near as well known as the other tiny European nations of the Vatican, Monaco and San Marino and there is good reason for this lack of recognition.
In past decades the country’s the main claims to fame have been that they are the world biggest producer of false teeth and that they use unique printing process when producing their stamps, a fame that spread as far as dentists and philatelists.
The current ruler (and heir to the throne), Prince Alois, is trying to encourage a more high-profile image for the country through international investment and is patronage of modern art. Although they have hostel the UEFA Junior Football Championships, Lichtenstein is still not know for any major international events.
The Capital ‘city’ is Vaduz and this is a lunch stop on many Contiki Tours passing through the region and for most people it is an opportunity to get your passport stamped with one of the most obscure stamps in the world (it will cost you however), grab a bite to eat, check out the 12th Century castle that is home to the Royals and maybe change some Swiss Franc.