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Liechtenstein

Why? Because it was there...

After about three hours of driving through the south of Germany we got to the tiny principality of Liechtenstein...

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We have to admit that we weren't exactly taken with Liechtenstein... Our first experience was of an overly zealous border guard who gave our passports the third degree and regarded us with the kind of contempt usually reserved for a dog turd the moment after you realise you've stepped in it!

The second bad experience was purely economical - at 5 Swiss francs for a cup of (bad) coffee, and 11 francs for a bag of ice, they're having a lend...

Thankfully, Eve met an extremely helpful woman at the information office in Vaduz who told us where we could park for free overnight... Not the most glamourous of spots, but free, which is more than we could say about anything else in the country.

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Our 'camp spot' for the night

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Vaduz Castle - not a bad view from the Smurf mobile...

With no agriculture or industry to speak of, and more letterbox companies than citizens, coupled with ridiculously low corporate tax rates, it is more "Swiss" than Switzerland. We found it incredibly sterile and a little bit surreal - a fairytale fiefdom, full of people simply going through the motions as if to lend credibility to the idea that this is actually a functioning country, rather than merely a large Swiss bank.

Having said all that, Liechtenstein is a beautiful place with stunning mountains, kinda like Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy - you get the picture...

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The daytime view up to Schloss Vaduz - Crown Prince Alois's digs...

Oh, and if you have a need to launder some money, Liechtenstein is well worth a visit, otherwise, don't bother.

Posted by RobandEve 08:58 Archived in Liechtenstein

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