It’s true, Liechtenstein makes a fabulous wine-and-cheese-hour trivia subject – Did you know it was the sixth smallest country?… It’s still governed by an iron-willed monarch who lives in a Gothic castle on a hill… Yes, it really is the world’s largest producer of dentures… But if you’re visiting this pocket-sized principality solely for the cocktail-party bragging rights, keep the operation covert. This theme-park micronation takes its independence seriously and would shudder at the thought of being considered for novelty value alone. Liechtenstein would rather be remembered for its stunning natural beauty.
Measuring just 25km in length and 6km in width, the country is barely larger than Manhattan. And though it might not look like much on a map, up close it’s filled with numerous hiking and cycling trails offering spectacular views of craggy cliffs, quaint villages, friendly locals and lush green forests.
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