Gaflei is a village of Liechtenstein, located in Triesenberg, the highest and largest municipality (by area) in the Oberland constituency of the country.[1] It stands at approximately 1500 m above sea level.[2] Gaflei developed from settlements of the Walser people in the Middle Ages. The geographical centre of Liechtenstein is located at the Alp Bargälla, east of Gaflei.[3]

Gaflei
Village
Gaflei is located in Liechtenstein
Gaflei
Gaflei
Locator map of Gaflei in Liechtenstein
Coordinates: 47°08′N 9°32′E / 47.133°N 9.533°E / 47.133; 9.533Coordinates: 47°08′N 9°32′E / 47.133°N 9.533°E / 47.133; 9.533
Country Liechtenstein
Electoral district Oberland
MunicipalityTriesenberg.png Triesenberg
Elevation
1,488 m (4,882 ft)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
9497
Area code(s)(+423) ...

HistoryEdit

Carl Schädler purchased property at Gaflei at the end of the 19th century, and at considerable cost developed a spa there. Gaflei became the first health resort in Liechtenstein and is still a popular area for recreation and excursion to this day. From 1930 to 1955, the resort was managed by Rudolf Schädler, who was involved in the persecution and attempted abduction of Alfred Rotter, a Berlin-based Jewish theatre operator who had obtained citizenship from Liechtenstein in order to escape Nazi persecution. He and his wife Gertrud died while fleeing from Scädler and his accomplices, who were later imprisoned for their part in the deaths.[4]

In 1976, Gaflei hosted a stage of the Tour de Suisse and was one of the most challenging stages in the race's history.[5]

HikingEdit

Gaflei is a starting point and destination for various hiking trails, including the Fürstensteig route.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 4200041712 Gaflei on OpenStreetMap
  2. ^ a b "Fürstensteig - Wanderland". www.wanderland.ch.
  3. ^ "Europa - Geographic Centres of European countries". webs.schule.at.
  4. ^ http://www.e-archiv.li/textDetail.aspx?backurl=auto&etID=41640&eID=1 (in German)
  5. ^ (ISL), Internationaler Sport in Liechtenstein. "Internationaler Sport in Liechtenstein (ISL) > Rad > Info > Liechtenstein und die Tour de Suisse". www.verein-isl.li.