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A shop that sells gift items from Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and Switzerland is L'Atelier, Städtle 36. Its merchandise includes lamps, dolls, hand-painted silks, stoneware, pewter and other handmade objects.

Liechtenstein has been famous since the turn of the 20th century for its rustic and durable pottery, produced in natural-looking colours such as blue, beige and yellow, in factories that lie within a 10-minute drive of Vaduz. The larger of the principality's two factories for stoneware is Schaedler Keramik AG, which straddles Hauptstrasse, the main street of the hamlet of Nendeln, 8km (5 miles) north of Vaduz. Its only real competitor, at least within the principality, is the somewhat smaller Haas Kunst Keramik AG, Zollstrasse 70, in the nearby hamlet of Schaan. Both firms maintain sales outlets on their premises and present pottery-making demonstrations to anyone who's interested.

The principality's premier outlet for wines produced by vineyards belonging to the prince is the Hofkellerei des Fürsten Liechtenstein, Feldstrasse, Vaduz. Set in a solid building that's owned by the prince, it stockpiles the fruits of his family's vineyards, most of which are either in the principality or in Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) just across the border. Look for both whites and reds and a somewhat heavy-handed emphasis on the organisation's royal connections.

When shopping, don't overlook the Liechtenstein's postal service, which produces more stamps than are ever used to actually mail letters. One of the busiest emporiums in the principality is the bureaucratic-looking kiosk in the main post office, Postwert Zeichenstelle der Regierung, Städtle. Here stamps that commemorate Liechtenstein's history, botany, zoology and achievements are sold to avid collectors, and even to visitors who never thought they were collectors.




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