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Introduction



The climate in Liechtenstein is continental at low altitude, while it's Alpine in the mountains. Liechtenstein is a small country, covering an area of 160 square kilometers (60 square miles) and located between Austria and Switzerland. The capital, Vaduz, is situated in the Rhine Valley, at 450 meters (1,450 ft) above sea level. The eastern part of the country is mountainous, and the highest peak is Grauspitz, 2,600 meters (8,500 ft) high.

In winter, from December to February, cloudy and dull days are frequent, accompanied with rain or snow, typically light but continuous. Sometimes, while the sky is overcast in the valley, the sun shines in high mountains. On the other hand, outbreaks of polar air masses of Siberian origin can bring glacial weather, with maximum temperatures below freezing everywhere.
During summer, from June to August, in periods of good weather, there can be hot temperatures in the valley, which can be interrupted by thunderstorms, sometimes intense, in the afternoon or evening.
The Föhn, the southern wind, warm and dry, coming down from the mountains, is more frequent in autumn, and can lead to sudden increases in temperature.
In high mountains, where the climate is colder and windier, snowfall can occur for a longer period, depending on altitude. In the mountains, precipitation is more abundant than in the valley and exceeds 2,000 mm (80 in) per year: the abundant winter snowfalls are replaced by the strong summer thunderstorms.

Vaduz Castle

Vaduz

In Vaduz and in the valley, the climate is continental, cold in winter, with a daily average temperature in January around freezing (0 °C or 32 °F), and relatively warm in summer, with maximum temperatures around 24/25 °C (75/76 °F) in July and August. Here are the average temperatures in Vaduz.
Vaduz - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)-3-22591214141072-1
Max (°C)46111520222424201695
Min (°F)272836414854575750453630
Max (°F)394352596872757568614841

Average annual precipitation in Vaduz is around 950 millimeters (37.5 inches), with a maximum due to thunderstorms from July to September. In the other months of the year, the rains are quite frequent, brought by Atlantic fronts, but they are rarely abundant. In winter, precipitation often occurs in the form of snow. Here is the average precipitation in Vaduz.
Vaduz - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)555545507090115125120907070955
Prec.(in)2,22,21,822,83,54,54,94,73,52,82,837,6
Days11912121213131312121412145

The sun in Liechtenstein is rarely seen from November to February, especially in the valley bottom. In summer, it shines a little more often, especially in the morning, while in the afternoon, thunderclouds can develop even in periods of good weather. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Vaduz - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours234556665422

Best Time



The best time to visit Liechtenstein runs from mid-May to late September, when the weather is mild or pleasantly warm during the day, but cool at night in the valley (and even cold in the mountains); however, there can be some cool and rainy days, and afternoon thunderstorms are frequent, especially in the mountains.

What to pack



In winter: bring warm clothes, a hat, a down jacket, a scarf, gloves, and a raincoat or umbrella.
In summer: bring clothes for spring and autumn, a T-shirt, but also long pants, a jacket, a sweatshirt or sweater for the evening and for cooler days; a raincoat or umbrella. For the mountains, bring a sweater, a jacket, hiking shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses.

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