Balzers in early September 2010
Balzers (southwest) and its exclaves in Liechtenstein
|• Total||19.6 km2 (7.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||472 m (1,549 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST|
|ISO 3166 code||LI-01|
History and CultureEdit
Historically, the present-day form of the village consists of two different villages, the actual Balzers in the east and Mäls in the west. Not visible to the unaware, the division still persists in the local village culture, where it manifests in half-serious local competition. Some customs, such as the "Funken" a springtime ritual with pre-Christian origins involving a huge bonfire, are still being practised by each separately. The two parts were first mentioned in 842 as Palazole.
Balzers is the home of the Burg Gutenberg, which was built in the 12th-century and located on a rocky hill in the centre of the village.
There is no airport in Liechtenstein, but Balzers has a small heliport available for charter flights (IATA: -, ICAO: LSXB) ( ). The heliport has no border-control facilities; therefore, the only flights permitted to use it are those heading to/from elsewhere within the Schengen Area.
|Aircraft||Origin||Year implemented||Type||In service||Role|
|Ecureuil AS 350||France||2005, 2008, and 2012||B3||3||Used for transporting people|
|Guimbal Cabri G2||France||2011||1||Purchased for a new pilot training program, started April 2011|
|Kaman K-Max||United States||2006||1200||1||Used for transporting cargo|
- Xaver Frick (1913 in Balzers – 2009) Olympic track and field athlete and cross-country skier. He competed in track sprinting events in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and cross-country skiing at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz. Frick is the only Liechtenstein athlete to date to have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. He was awarded a Golden Laurel in 2003 by the government of Liechtenstein for outstanding contributions to sport.
- Andrea Willi (born 1955) Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-2001).
Twin towns and sister citiesEdit
- Saitama, Japan (2000)
- "Oerlikon Balzers - Contact". Oerlikon.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
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