The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719.
Occupied by both French and Russian troops during the Napoleanic wars, it became a
sovereign state in 1806 and joined the Germanic Confederation in 1815. Liechtenstein
became fully independent in 1866 when the Confederation dissolved.
A tiny principality run by an iron-willed monarch in the heart of 21st-century Europe,
Liechtenstein is like the oft-quoted fictional country of Ruritania made real. A Gothic castle
perches over the capital, Vaduz, where tourists stop for passport and postage stamps
Vaduz Castle
The central landmark of Vaduz is the Castle, actually a medieval fortress
expanded in the 16th and 17th century
I took pictures of ski jump (used in Olympics) church and the cemetery.  We went to
the main part of town to shop.  It rained, hailed, lightening and thundered.  We went