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Liechtenstein's History

In Roman times Liechtenstein was included within the Rhaetia Province and with the fall of Rome in the 5th Century was passed around varies dynasties while the locals got along with their rural lives far from the affairs of world politics. In 1140 Liechtenstein belonged to the Liechtenstein dynasty, feudal Lords subject to their Hapsburg masters. This fiefdom was an insignificant corner of their domains. In 1806 Napoleon dissolved the Holy Roman Empire which Liechtenstein was subject to, however they became a constituent part of the Confederation of the Rhine (1806-13) and the German Confederation (1815-66). When this Confederation ended, Austria finally acknowledged Liechtenstein’s independence. In WWI Liechtenstein remained neutral and economic factors led the country to side with Switzerland more and they adopted the Swiss Franc. Prince Franz I took up residence in Vaduz following Austria’s Anschluss (union) with Germany and abdicated because of his Jewish wife. Liechtenstein avoided WWII and prospered as a banking safe haven.

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You can see Liechtenstein as part of a weeklong all inclusive tour of Switzerland, Austria and princely Liechtenstein. Great value with stunning views guaranteed.

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Tiny, prosperous, peaceful, idyllic Liechtenstein is a modern fairytale Principality in the European Alps run by a Prince who lives in a Medieval Castle. It sounds too good to be true, but is. However there is much more to Liechtenstein than postcard perfect views, skifields and tourist photo opportunities. Liechtenstein is also a low tax banking haven and has a developed manufacturing industry that provides well paid jobs to its citizens. The ruling prince, His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam II participates in the country’s political affairs and is no mere figurehead, his constitutional powers increased by their 2003 Constitution.

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