Enjoy the high life in alpine Liechtenstein

Enjoy the high life in alpine Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein, one of the smallest countries in the world, can complete your journey, along with Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg, through a part of the world that seems as if it stepped right out of a Grimm’s fairytale. Although one of the smallest in terms of both land mass and population, with only around 35,000 residents, Liechtenstein is also one of the wealthiest in the world per capita.   With its low taxes and concentration of banks, Liechtenstein is one of Europe’s financial capitals, which it makes a vacation there rather expensive, but the upshot of this is that your meals and lodgings are first rate when it comes to being pampered. This country is also one of the few constitutional monarchies still in existence, but since it is so small, the royal family tends to rub elbows with everyone else. Expect the royal treatment when you get here.   Nestled in the Upper Rhine valley of the Swiss Alps, Liechtenstein is also a great place to enjoy all manner of winter sports. This geographic location at first glance might seem to doom the country to harsh winters but southerly winds prevail, giving Liechtenstein a mild climate year-round.   Liechtenstein is also one of two countries in the world that are doubly landlocked. This means that the countries surrounding it, Austria and Switzerland, also have no oceans or seas bordering them. Uzbekistan is the only other country in the world that shares this feature, so now you can win a trivia contest when this question comes up.   Getting in, out, and about   While not a member of the European Union, so it doesn’t use the euro as currency, Liechtenstein is one of the signatories of the Schengen Agreement. For US travelers, this means that your passport allows you entry and the ability to move freely in any of the countries that are party to the agreement. For those travelers on a budget, this is particularly helpful. You won’t have to shell out massive sums to spend the night in one of Liechtenstein’s high end hotels. Making your excursion into the country as a day trip from either Switzerland or Austria can save you some money. Since there are no airports in Liechtenstein, even if you have the funds to enjoy the full scope of this vacation, you will need to fly into either Vienna or...

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