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It may be the sixth smallest country in the world (barely larger than Manhattan), but Liechtenstein is proof positive that the biggest gems still come in little ring boxes. With breathtaking scenes of natural beauty and some of the friendliest people in the world, this tiny principality does charming fairytale elegance like nowhere else.
Measuring only 61 square miles and with a population of 35,000 people, this tiny German-speaking country is the only alpine country to be situated completely within the Alps. This mountainous terrain is what Liechtenstein residents are most proud of, and for a good reason too. The staggering peaks make for envious photo opportunities and create a romantic backdrop to your exploration of Leichtenstein’s plentiful attractions. Located in the Upper Rhine of the Alps and bordered on the east by Austria and the west by Switzerland, Liectenstein’s highest point is 8,527 feet, but despite this the general temperatures are mild, which makes for the perfect vacation destination.
Once part of the ancient Roman province of Raetia, for hundreds of years Liechtenstein kept out of the way of much of the European history we all know. From 1140 until the 13th century the dynasty of Liechtenstein was owned by a line of counts called the Hohenems who maintained their power as they secured increasing amounts of land. Liechtenstein joined the German confederation in the 17th century and was then tied to the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary. Today, much of Leichtenstein’s culture is influenced by surrounding countries, and theatre, opera, modern music and art play a big part in its popular culture.
Vaduz, Leichtenstein’s capital, is a strong financial centre and has since become known as a tax-haven. Liectenstein is now one of the only countries in the world with more registered companies than citizens! See the seat of the Prince of Liechtenstein at Vaduz Castle surrounded by the contrasting stunning mountainous landscapes in Vaduz and it will feel like stepping back in time to a bygone era. Wine connoisseurs will love visiting the Prince’s cellars (Hofkellerei), scenery addicts will adore the scenic chairlift rides, foodies will love the fresh meats and cheeses that adorn the tables, and those made of tougher stuff can enjoy winter snow sports or summer hiking in some of the most picturesque areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Don’t be put off by its modest size; whatever your taste, Liechtenstein is a quaint yet undeniably charismatic place to find excitement, relaxation and above all, enjoyment.
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