Just through the Tunnel

by Jay October. 16, 2011 2574 views

Liechtenstein might be small, but it has it's variety as well. Vaduz, the capital of the principality, is not so special to me as it is filled with banks, one or two nice buildings and too many cars for such a little place. Okay, the princely castle is worth seeing, but it is actually above the capital and is not open to the public. Furthermore, in the winter, anything located along the Rhine there (the river is the entire western border with Switzerland) is normally completely covered in fog so much of the winter. But, getting out of the towns in the Rhine valley lowland and climbing quickly up onto the sides of the two and a half mountains over which the principality is draped, one can quickly see the more charming parts of the country and not even be aware that anything is going on down below.

It is greener, completely alpine with charming structures for farming, living, vacationing, skiing and walking. In winter, the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps over the lake of fog below is pristine and majestic. There is a lake up there, wonderful forests and views. I dare say most tourists do not discover these parts of the 160.5 square-kilometer country.

I would do a pitch for some good venison and spaetzle (national dish) for a certain restaurant in Triesenberg offering a spectacular view of the alps across the valley, but I didn't take pictures.

My favorite place to go to truly get away from everything, and I mean everything(!) is the village of Steg. One arrives in Steg after driving through the long, straight tunnel from Triesenberg on the way to Liechtenstein's highest village, Malbun. In an alpine structure along the roadside, one finds a small inn with a front porch/deck with a view of the road, on the other side of which runs a little stream, a chapel and some cows, and, well, Liechtenstein's upper valley, not much else. The view does not go forever, but it is so quiet and so far away from the rest of Europe, that I just sit there inhaling and exhaling and enjoying alpine nothingness on the other side of the narrow tunnel which doesn't see terribly much traffic outside of ski season (and I don't ski).

The first four pics above are taken in upper Liechtenstein. The last two in the lowlands in summer when it is not foggy. I am ready to go back up right now. I could use a good dose of “being left alone”.


Warning: please do not go there yourself: it is only for me ;-)

Steg, in the highlands of Liechtenstein

Somewhere in the upper reaches of little Liechtenstein

Just above Triesenberg and before the tunnel leading to Steg, upper Liechtenstein

Above Triesenberg

Schloß Gutenberg, Balzers, from my friend's back garden (I have posted other shots of this Castle before). (Lower Liechtenstein)

The main road in Balzers, largest town in the south of the country. (Lower Liechtenstein).

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Christa 8 years, 4 months ago

You are really lucky to see all these amazing places.

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Zajä…C 8 years, 5 months ago

#3 - great!

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Gregg Maretka 8 years, 5 months ago

What amazing photos

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Eiram Marie 8 years, 5 months ago

This looks so beautiful! And the green! I love the green in your shots!

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Domã©Lia 8 years, 5 months ago

beautiful colors !!!! on a envie de venir s'y reposer

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Patricia Gonzales 8 years, 5 months ago

Love the little houses so precisey places on the hillside .... Beautiful colors, textures and variety! Great set and lesson!

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Bryan 8 years, 5 months ago

You certainly captured a beautiful view! #3 and #5 are my favorites.

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Moira 8 years, 5 months ago

Looks an idyllic peaceful village to get away from it all as you say.
Beautiful photoographs.

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Jacki 8 years, 5 months ago

Often here on PB I am struck by how a place looks "just like I'd expect it to look"... you know what I mean? These are those kind of photos. I seem to remember those little hut type structures from another post, they're really charming dotting the landscape like that.I hope you manage get away soon, the quite comes through even in the photos.

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