Photographer's Note

From the railway station in Feldkirch (Austria) I took the bus number 11 that goes along all Liechtenstein - 25 km :). On the south, there is a small (like all in L.) village of Balzers. There is Castle Gutenberg on the hill there and I wanted to see it. I read it was possible to visit it inside. So I climbed the hill. But to my disappointment, the castle was closed. probably it is a low season now. But on my way, I liked the view of the patterns of vineyards.

Gutenberg is one of the five castles in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

The Principality of Liechtenstein is a producer of wine. The country has a climate ideally suited for the cultivation of wine with mountain slopes facing southwest, calcareous soils and an average of 1,500 hours of sunshine a year. The hot dry wind during the summer months, known as the foehn aids cultivators by having a sweetening effect.

There are over 100 winegrowers in Liechtenstein which produce red and white wines in which despite the small size of the country can produce a significant variety. Liechtenstein is part of the European wine quality system and the international AOC classification.

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The view of the castle Gutenberg

The castle was closed :(.

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