Country File: Liechtenstein

Here’s another Country File for a country that isn’t official by our UNESCO-member standard — Fürstentum Liechtenstein, commonly known as Liechtenstein!

Flag of Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein has the unique distinction of being the only country which is a member of the UN General Assembly but not of UNESCO, and therefore officially has no World Heritage Sites…

… but you may recall our post FREE LIECHTENSTEIN! in which we went over the grave, grave injustice that is:

The Liechtenstein family opposed the annexation of Czech territory in the fascist Sudetenland by Nazi Germany, and as a consequence their properties were confiscated by the Nazis, and the family then relocated to Vaduz in 1939.

After World War II the family made several legal attempts for restitution of the properties. However, they had passed post-war into ownership by the new Soviet Czechoslovakia. Of course its Communist government did not support returning large estates to exiled aristocratic landowners.

After the Czechoslovakian Velvet Revolution in 1989, the Liechtenstein descendants again renewed legal attempts for restitution, which were denied by the Czech state, the present day owner of the properties…

… and those properties are today known as the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site!

So until and unless that injustice is officially righted, we encourage you to consider visiting that site, the rightful Liechtenstein estates, as having in fact visited Liechtenstein for World Heritage purposes.

TCC and MTP count Liechtenstein as one region; counting occupied Liechtenstein as a separate region is probably more politics than any of the other sites want to get into, although us? We’re not above taking sides in this one, nope.



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