Liechtenstein lies between the Lake Constance climate zone (wet and cool, influenced by the Atlantic) and the dry, warm Inner Alpine climate zone around the Swiss town of Chur. The Principality receives relatively little precipitation and enjoys high average temperatures thanks to the influence of the Föhn wind.
While for many people the Föhn is a nuisance, causing aches, pains and fatigue, others love the warm wind and the special atmosphere it creates. Known in Liechtenstein as the "grape cooker", it is particularly popular with winemakers. The Föhn is a warm, dry katabatic wind that blows through Liechtenstein in certain climatic conditions. It results in an extended vegetation period in the country. The mountain chains that surround Liechtenstein create a climate typical of Inner Alpine areas protected by the mountains. The Föhn contributes not only to good grape harvests but also to excellent fruit-growing conditions.
The relatively low volume of precipitation (on average betwen 900 and 1200 mI), sometimes in combination with the influence of the Föhn, means that there is little snow in Liechtenstein. There are an average of around 1600 hours of sunshine per year. Those are the statistics. But in reality there are winters when residents need to clear snow every day, while in other years there is no need for the snow shovel at all. In summer, too, there are periods of warm and sunny weather lasting several weeks, but also cooler days with plenty of mist and fog. Liechtenstein has everything, even the different weather extremes!