Photos of Liechtenstein
With no major landmarks or significant natural wonders, you need to look for the little things in Liechtenstein. A grand metal tower on the banks of a river or ancient ruins from a civilisation past – you won’t find them in this tiny country. It’s sometimes hard enough for Liechtenstein to define its identity itself, an almost insignificant piece of land caught between the cultural powerhouses of Austria and Switzerland. It’s even harder for a visitor to find anything that stands out as uniquely local.
And so it’s the small things that take on a disproportional importance. It’s the water fountains by the side of the road; the wooden statues in front of buildings; the public art displayed on walls of churches; the roads that seem to lead nowhere but to impenetrable mountains; and the public squares that appear empty except for the after-school rush of cake-eating children.
To appreciate Liechtenstein, you need to move slowly and look for the details. Hidden in these subtle attempts at individuality are the clues to unlocking this country. The nation is hemmed in on either side by the tall white-capped Alps and what is born here in the valle of Liechtenstein is hard to take away.
I wrote earlier this week about walking across Liechtenstein and my first impressions of the country. Now it’s time to go a bit deeper. Here is a collection of photos from the country which, together, starts to build a bigger image of a small landscape.