A Snow Hike in Liechtenstein

| March 5, 2015 | Reply

This past weekend, we headed to Liechtenstein–primarily because we hadn’t been to Liechtenstein and it sounded cool.  Here’s a simple little photoessay about the hike we took while visiting. I would call it a moderate hike, as it isn’t on flat land and snow makes everything more difficult.

On the first morning, we woke to snow at the hotel.

No that we could see it.

Not that we could see it.

The entire country of Liechtenstein consists of one side of one mountain.  After breakfast, we decided to visit Liechtenstein’s one castle.

liechtenstein hotel, wood decor

Pre-hike: at breakfast

But you can’t visit Schloss Vaduz because it is still the royal residence.  Just once, I’d love to walk through an old stone castle and see plasma screen televisions, a dishwasher, and a washing machine. Alas.

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Schloss Vaduz

Now hoping for a little bit of a hike, we parked across from the castle (by some public restrooms) and headed into the woods of the Schlosswald.

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We came prepared.

A morning Tweet: You know you’ve been living in a while if your clothing layers include something restaurant-appropriate under snowpants

We followed a switchback trail leading straight up the mountain, where there were a lot of fallen trees.

downed trees, europe

It was like an obstacle course.

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I was beginning to wonder if they were trying to keep us out.

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Let’s not go this way.

At the bottom where we started, there were definite signs of spring, and life.

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snowdrops

Eventually, we hit the snow line.

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Tiny waterfalls rushed down the mountain.

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Religion in nature: An icicle. For reals.

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Then it got interesting: we spotted multiple animal tracks.

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“Darnit, I left my magnifying glass in the car.” (Yes, she said that; no, I had no idea she had a magnifying glass in the car.)

Soon, we came out of the woods and into an open field with animal tracks leading in several directions.  From the gross musky smell in one area on the way up the mountain, we’re thinking the smaller tracks were weasel. Larger tracks appeared to be from deer and/or mountain goats.

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By the top, I had shed coat, hat, scarf and gloves.  Everyone had shed their hats. It was hot as balls hiking uphill, even in the snow.

After hanging out in the field for a little bit, we turned back.

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Heading back down

Eventually, we came back out of the real snow…

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…and into the downed tree course.

It was obviously a much faster hike down than up.

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Sequoia’s shortcut

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Post-shortcut.

Super fun little morning hike!

 

What we ate in Lichtenstein.

 

 

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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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