Liechtenstein and Switzerland celebrate 100 years since customs treaty
23 March 2023
The citizens of Liechtenstein and Switzerland are being invited to celebrate 100 years since the customs treaty was created at the Old Rhine Bridge linking Vaduz and Sevelen on March 29. There will be several extra events celebrating the occasion taking place between March and October.
The Principality of Liechtenstein is celebrating 100 years of its customs treaty with Switzerland: On March 29, 1923, it was agreed that the two countries would together form a joint economic area. Various events and exhibitions are being held between March and October to provide more information about the history of this partnership.
On April 29, citizens of Liechtenstein and Switzerland are invited to celebrate this cornerstone of the close relationship between the two countries at the Old Rhine Bridge between Vaduz and Sevelen. The program includes open-air concerts, hands-on activities also suitable for children, get-togethers for discussions, and dance performances. St.Gallen-style bratwurst, vegetarian food, Liechtenstein beer, water, and the Swiss pastry Bündner Nusstörtchen are all available free of charge.
The events are spread throughout the calendar from March to October. The documentary “Eines Tages sind wir Schweizer” depicts the origins of the customs treaty in a cartoon. It will be shown at Altes Kino Vaduz on March 26, 2023. Special stamps are to be issued for the first time on March 29. On April 26, 50 citizens from each side of the Rhine will form a human bridge as part of Projekt Uferwechsel. On June 3 and 24, the reconstructed bridge will become a musical resonance chamber as part of Projekt UEBER.FLUSS.
The events are joined by two exhibitions. A stamp display at Liechtenstein’s Postal Museum is running from March 9 to September 10, depicting the relationship between Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Also, a joint exhibition in Gandria in the canton of Ticino run by the Liechtenstein National Museum and the Swiss Customs Museum will show “100 years of the Switzerland-Liechtenstein customs treaty” from March 31 to October 20.