Shopping in Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein might be not so glamorous as its counterpart Switzerland yet it still exudes an understated sophisticated  charm. The country offers some decent shopping options, which are  concentrated in and even limited to central Vaduz. This compact  neighborhood still retains the character of a spread out village,with a cityscape comprising low-rise  structures. Here you can purchase Liechtenstein’s trademark postage-stamps, wines and hand-painted pottery, as well as a vast selection of handcrafts made from  the famous Balzner marble. Prices and products are almost the same as in Switzerland.

Liechtenstein has been famous since the early  20th Century for its rustic pottery produced in natural blue, beige, and yellow. The pottery factories lie within a 10-minute drive of Vaduz. The larger of the two factories for stoneware is Schaedler Keramik AG, located at Hauptstrasse, the main street of the village Nendeln, set at 8 kilometres north of Vaduz. Its only rival, the Haas Kunst Keramik AG, is located at Zollstrasse 70 in the nearby village of Schaan. Both companies have gift shops on their premises and offer pottery-making demonstrations to visitors. An outlet selling gift items from Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland can be found at L'Atelier, Städtle 36. Its merchandise includes lamps, dolls, hand-painted silks, stoneware, and a variety of handmade objects.

The most frequently visited wine outlet in Vaduz is the Hofkellerei des Fürsten Liechtenstein. The Feldstrasse, nestled in a solid building owned by the prince, offers wine produced by vineyards belonging to him located either in the principality itself or in Lower Austria across the border. Both white and red wines are worth sampling. The Liechtenstinian postal service is yet another place in Vaduz worth a peek. It manufactures more stamps than could ever be used to mail letters or packages. Here you can find one of the busiest shops in the country. Having acquired a somewhat clerical aura this kiosk is located in the premises of the Main Post Office the Postwert Zeichenstelle der Regierung, Städtle. Here you can find an impossibly rich array of stamps exhibiting an immense diversity of subjects: from the mapping of Vaduz to stamps commemorating Liechtenstein's history, zoology, botany and various achievements. These stamps enjoy a wonderfully  versatile clientèle ranging from keen collectors to the occasional passerby.

Shops  are generally open Monday through Friday from 8am to 12pm and from 1:30pm to 6:30pm. On Saturdays they are open from 8am to 4pm. From April to October,you can visit the souvenir shops in Vaduz even on Sundays and during special holidays. Most shops, however, remain closed on Monday mornings. The local currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF), available in denominations of 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of 5, 2 and 1 CHF, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes. If wishing to exchange currency, bureaux de change can be found at train stations and banks. You should be aware that exchanging any currency different from euros, US dollars or pounds sterling might cause you some inconvenience, including an outright refusal of the transaction. Banks are usually open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Credit and debit card payment is widespread, the most popular cards being American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. ATMs are available all over the country. Pound sterling, US dollar, Euro or Swiss franc cheques can be cashed at airports, railway stations and banks. If you wish to avoid additional exchange rate charges, take traveller’s cheques in the aforementioned currencies.