Hallo! This week’s odyssey takes us to the Principality of Liechtenstein. During our travels through the Alps, we were fortunate to visit this romantic retreat.
Nestled in the mountains, Liechtenstein is one of the world’s smallest nations. It encompasses a mere 62 square miles and is home to about 35,000 German speaking people.
It lies in the Rhine Valley and is bordered by Austria and Switzerland. The western border is the Rhine River. Its remote, pristine geographic position makes it an ideal habitat for agriculture and winter sports recreation. Its ski slopes are spectacular and attract visitors throughout Europe. Lichtenstein has collected 9 skiing medals in the Olympics and is the tiniest country to ever win the gold.
Like its Swiss neighbors, Liechtenstein draws much of its revenue from business and banking. They have established extremely favorable business taxation and incorporation policies which have induced businesses worldwide to incorporate there – there are actually more registered companies in Liechtenstein than there are citizens. Despite all their wealth per capita, the country remains fiercely neutral and has no active military to speak of.
Our visit was purely pleasure. We did some sightseeing and took a horse-drawn buggy ride up to the Castle. Liechtenstein Castle is a picturesque mountain retreat built during the 12th century. Destroyed by the invading Ottomans in the 15th century, the Castle was rebuilt to its former glory in 1884. Even though it was May, we saw some beautiful ski resorts on the outskirts of town.
– The Rox