Climate of Liechtenstein
Where is the country of Liechtenstein located? The microstate of Liechtenstein is sandwiched between the Alpine countries of Austria and Switzerland. The country is best known for its favorable tax climate. The other climate, the weather, lies between a continental climate and a temperate maritime climate. There is enough influence from the sea not to let the temperatures drop too much in the winter months, and in the summer months – due to the combination of mountains and the proximity (a few hundred kilometers) from the Mediterranean Sea – the thermometer almost always stays (well) below the 30°C limit. The altitude is the determining factor for the climate in Liechtenstein. At the lower altitudes you mainly see the moderate maritime climate. This Cfb climate has been determined based on the average climate figures for Liechtenstein. In practice you see that the actual temperatures regularly deviate considerably from the long-term average. Especially in the winter period it can be a lot cooler than what the figures predict. In addition, a hair dryer wind can sometimes cause the temperature to be considerably higher than what is considered normal for Liechtenstein. In the higher parts of the microstate there is a continental climate, with lower temperatures and more snow.
Precipitation falls in the form of rain in summer. In winter there is regular winter precipitation, especially in the higher parts of the country. It is striking that the summer months are significantly wetter than the winter. In July and August there is two to three times more precipitation than in January and February. This is partly because rain areas can, as it were, get stuck above Liechtenstein and then rain out. That is why there can sometimes be a day (or two) in the summer when it is mainly wet and gray.
Code yellow for Liechtenstein
Good news! From Thursday 17 June 2021, ‘code yellow’ will apply to Liechtenstein. This means that you can travel to Liechtenstein for a holiday. There is no negative travel advice for Liechtenstein. There is no mandatory PCR test or vaccination to re-enter the Netherlands for the return journey. You do not have to quarantine when you return home, unless you have corona-related complaints. Then the normal rules apply: stay home and get tested. For the trip to Liechtenstein, the rules of the country of arrival apply. They can vary and change.
Travel advice can be adjusted quickly due to changing circumstances. We are primarily a weather and climate site. To be sure, always check the government site Wijsopreis.nl for the current travel advice for Liechtenstein.
In the winter months, most precipitation falls in the form of snow. Those who want to enjoy winter sports can go to one ski area: Malbun. Skiing in Malbun is like skiing used to be, without the nightmare of package holidays, high-rise apartment complexes and long queues for the ski lifts.
The resort is small, with only a handful of hotels among the private chalets and houses. The skiing itself is done at a healthy altitude of 1,600 metres, so the snow generally remains fairly good. Even in the warm spring of 2007, the coolness of the night and the work of the lift employees made the slopes sparkle like new in the morning sun. Malbun is pretty close to the capital Vaduz as the crow flies (although you could say that from just about all distances in Liechtenstein!). However, the road up to the resort can be intimidating for inexperienced drivers, with steep inclines and sharp turns. If you don’t like that, you can take a taxi or bus to the peaks of Malbun.
The figures below are based on long-term average climate statistics. The temperatures are displayed in degrees Celsius (°C).
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Best time to visit Liechtenstein
Do you want to know when is the best time to travel to Liechtenstein? You can determine the best time to travel to a destination based on the weather and climate. In addition, there are other factors that are not directly related to the weather and that can influence the best travel periods for a travel destination. Think, for example, of holidays or festive periods, which makes traveling more interesting or not, because daily life comes to a standstill as a result. The Principality of Liechtenstein is a European microstate. Liechtenstein is located in the Alps, between Switzerland and Austria. The country is located in the Rhine valley. The Rhine forms the natural western border with Switzerland. The lowest point in the country is Ruffeller Reed, which is 430 meters above sea level. The Grauspitz is the highest point in the country with a height of 2599 meters. Due to its location in the mountains, there is a continental climate with a high mountain climate on the mountain tops. Winters are quite cool and cold in the mountains. Summers can be pleasant, but can sometimes show quite extreme weather. In July and August the temperature can rise above thirty degrees, but in extreme cases the mercury can also remain around ten degrees.
Best months for Liechtenstein
The best travel time for a normal holiday in Liechtenstein, i.e. not a winter sports trip, is from mid-May to mid-September. On the one hand, this is the wettest period within Liechtenstein, on the other hand, this is also the season with the most pleasant temperatures to visit this country. It really is a matter of luck that you travel to Liechtenstein at the right time.
The mountains of Liechtenstein are perfect for a winter sports holiday. Typical for the snowfall is that it often snows softer but for a long time. Sometimes it can snow for 48 hours or more. If it is warm enough in the lower areas of Liechtenstein for it to rain instead of snow, this is also regular light rain that lasts longer. The best time to travel for a skiing holiday in Liechtenstein is from mid – December to mid – March.
A special phenomenon that you can encounter in Liechtenstein is the hair dryer. This warm southerly wind mainly occurs in the autumn and can cause the temperature to rise considerably in a short time. The Föhn can cause sudden heavy snowfall in late autumn at higher elevations.