This morning I set out for an extended weekend visit of two of Switzerland's eastern neighbours: Liechtenstein and Austria.
After crossing the Rhein from Sargans in eastern Switzerland into Liechtenstein you could be forgiven for thinking that you were still in Switzerland. The road signs and markings are the same, the people are speaking a Swiss-German dialect and paying with Swiss francs, some bus passengers are dressed for Fastnacht and there are castles on the hills and snow on the mountains. All very Swiss-like.
The first two differences I noticed were colourful. The regional buses are a fetching lime green colour instead of the bright yellow of the Swiss Post buses. Secondly, the car number plates are menacingly black with white digits. Many of these number plates are attached to expensive cars. Not surprising considering that Liechtenstein is one of the world's richest countries.
|Liechtenstein Museum of Modern Art|