Welcome to Samnaun
Virtually right on the Austrian border, in Switzerland's remote northeast corner, is the duty-free Alpine resort of Samnaun. Through a bizarre quirk of history and law, Samnaun was excluded from the Swiss customs territory in the 19th century, since although it was part of Switzerland, the only way into this remote valley was from Austria. Even when a road was built in 1905 from Swiss territory, Samnaum kept its duty-free status, albeit a tad controversially. What that means today is that Samnaum is Switzerland's only duty-free zone and claims to be Europe's highest (in altitude!) shopping centre with over 50 stores emblazoned with 'Duty-Free' selling cosmetics, perfumes, alcohol, cigarettes and designer goods.