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
up the mountain and had a horse drawn wagon ride through the woods.  The ride
ended with a stop at a café for a choice of joy juice or hot chocolate.