is a village and community located in southern Liechtenstein
The Principality of Liechtenstein is a doubly landlocked alpine country in Central Europe, bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east. Its area is just over , and it has an estimated population of 35,000. Its capital is Vaduz. The biggest town is Schaan...
. As of the 2005 census, the community has a total population of 4,420. The main part of the village is situated along the east bank of the Rhine
History and Culture
Historically, the present-day form of the village consists of two different villages, the actual Balzers in the east and Mäls
Mäls is a village of Liechtenstein, located in the municipality of Balzers....
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
There is no airport in Liechtenstein, but Balzers has a small heliport
A heliport is a small airport suitable only for use by helicopters. Heliports typically contain one or more helipads and may have limited facilities such as fuel, lighting, a windsock, or even hangars...
available for charter flights. There are three government helicopters located here, one for Liechtenstein's police, one for Liechtenstein's fire and rescue department and one for official government use (mainly use by the Royal Family).47.06812°N 9.48118°W
Rhein Helikopter AG
Rhein Helikopter is the only company located out of Balzers Heliport. Rhein Helikopter is owned by Heliswiss
Heliswiss AG is a Swiss helicopter company with headquarters on the property of Bern Airport in Belp, Switzerland, near Bern.-History:Heliswiss - the oldest helicopter company in Switzerland - was founded as „Heliswiss Schweizerische Helikopter AG“ with headquarters in Berne-Belp on April 17, 1958....
, its fleet consists of three Ecureuil AS 350 B3 (used for transporting people) and one Kaman K-Max 1200
Kaman Aircraft is a U.S. aerospace company, with headquarters in Bloomfield, Connecticut. It was founded in 1945 by Charles Kaman. During the first ten years the company operated exclusively as a designer and manufacturer of several helicopters that set world records and achieved many aviation...
(used for transporting cargo). One Guimbal Cabri G2
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was purchased for a new pilot training program (started June 2011). Rhein Helikopter currently employs 10 people all located at Balzers.
The headquarters of the major thin film coating, soler and vacuum technology company Oerlikon balzers coating
Oerlikon Balzers is a supplier of PVD coatings which improves the performance and service lives of metallic precision components. These coating are very hard and very thin, reduce friction and improve hardness of components. also is a supplier in textile, drive systems, vacuum technologies,...
is located in Balzers.