What a change of feelings! From the Caribbean Key West with Cuban rhythms we go in our latest article directly into the winter heart of Europe … Travelpeeps, Welcome to the Lama Trekking Liechtenstein!
Short info about Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein? Isn’t that … no, Liechtenstein is not part of Switzerland.
Strictly speaking, Liechtenstein is a principality, landlocked country and the sixth-smallest state on earth! With a size of 160 square kilometers and almost 38,000 inhabitants, Liechtenstein is located exactly between Switzerland and Austria.
But the history and other exciting details about the little principality should not be todays topic. Rather, I have something very special for you here in New Years luggage.
How about a walk through the beautiful forest and mountain landscape of Liechtenstein? Sounds great right? No, not enough? Ok … how about going for a walk with a … Lama?
Triesenberg in Liechtenstein
Yes, you’ve read that correctly. In the beautiful Liechtenstein, more precisely on the lama and alpaca farm Triesenberg live at present 23 animals, 12 lamas and 11 alpacas.
With 900 m above sea level and nearly 30 square kilometers Triesenberg is the highest as well as largest municipality of the landlocked state.
And in addition to the fantastic views over the Principality and large parts of Switzerland and Austria, there is obviously much more to discover here. Numerous churches, chapels and the nearby Malbun ski area are very popular destinations. But the absolute insider tip is the lama and alpaca yard.
Liechtenstein attractions: Lama Trekking
Admittedly, it looks a bit unusual when you walk through this picturesque landscape and reach the Lama Hof by chance or in a targeted manner and curiously look at the cute animals that are originally native to Peru.
Of course, the unknowing visitor asks first: “Do they spit?”
However, the owner and loving “Lama dad” Marc Schädler can confirm directly – this happens almost never, but only if the animals feel threatened or are scared.
This is also quite hard to imagine, because you really admire these animals from the beginning with their faithful and peaceful eyes.
Thus, my goal today was to discover the Triesenberg region in a very special way, namely with my present-day companion, the Lama “Gipsy“.
The route on Täufiweg
Directly from the farm, the way leads to the so-called Täufiweg. This is a “fitness path” or fitness course that leads through Triesenberg. Forest walk and breathtaking views included.
However, parts of the trail also belong to the Walser Sagen Weg, which tells information boards of Liechtenstein legends and fairy tales.
And something very special was this trip just by Gipsy, who followed me well at every turn along the Täufiweg. The path also offers numerous signs with explanations to the local flora and fauna. Anyway, Gipsy was very curious and together we have learned what makes an Aspen tree.
And so it continued on our Lama Trekking Liechtenstein for about an hour, past the “Gschichts-Bomm” and many other touchpoints.
And especially when you are in the perfect winter mood and the hike has whet your appetite, Marc’s colleague is waiting in the middle of the forest for you with a wonderfully delicious Swiss fondue, as well as various hot and cold drinks. Fantastic!
Strengthened then it goes on Part 2 of the hike, downhill and back to the Lama and Alpaca court.
The farm shop
The Lama colleagues and friends, who have stayed home this time, are already waiting with excitement and anticipation for the excursionists and there is a great welcome ceremony.
For me ends at this point a great, interesting trip, which did not only showed me the beautiful landscape of Liechtenstein, but gave me new knowledge about lamas and alpacas.
Last but not least, I was also allowed to get in contact with these impressive animals, which was a really nice experience.
Right on the farm there is also a small farm shop with all sorts of products around lamas, or their wool. Be sure to check it out, there are really some great things to discover here, lovingly handcrafted.
Of course, such a tour is really fun only in a group. Everyone starts with their own lama or alpaca.
Ideal for example for school trips or team events. And you do not have to wait for summer. The special winter magic makes such an event even in the cold season big fun.
In addition, there are many other great events, such as a farmer’s Olympics with disciplines such as betting nails, rubber boot throwing, lama course, wheelbarrow race and many more or team brunches. An exact overview can be found here.
Lama trekking is a very special way to discover the Lake Constance region, to which Liechtenstein belongs in the broadest sense, even in winter.
Especially for children, this is great fun, but also as an adult you learn a lot of new things in a very playful and pleasant way.
And then you can claim to have gone for a walk with a Lama! The only thing that really matters is fitting winter clothing. Marc and his team are responsible for everything else.
Finally, there is a small anectode by Marc from the everyday life of the Lama-court, which describes the little miracle of life:
„In May of this year, besides 2 healthy foals, Karl, our problem child, was born. At first everything was fine, but he just did not drink milk with his mother. With suspicion of a malformation we were consulting the vetenarian on Sunday after birth. Luckily, nothing bad was found during the operation. After the operation, he stayed even the first night to check in our apartment. Then he came back to the herd and was fed for 2 months with the bottle, but not once but three times a day! After almost exactly two months, when we went to the herd with the bottle of milk at noon, Karl suddenly looked out from under his mother and his mouth was full of milk. We could hardly believe it, he apparently copied it from the other two foals and noticed that it tastes best with Mama. From then on, his health improved and now he is a wonderful little stallion who, by the way, still drinks with his mother:-)“
Greetings until the next time, when it comes to great winter tips in Constance during bad weather – your Dalai Lama, er Hendrik
All photos of the Lama Trekking Liechtenstein can be found here.
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