Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is a little German-speaking principality tucked into the Alps between Switzerland and Austria.<br>
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The Rhine River runs wide and icy-white along the western border, and the prince's cross-timbered castle nestles in an aerie on the mountainside.<br>
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At seemingly every turn, there are trail heads and bike paths.<br>
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Pretty, flower-wreathed towns dot the lowlands.<br>
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A winding road leads east into the mountains, through a tunnel and across meadows to the ski area of Malbun, which attracts outdoorsy families in the summer.<br>
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-- Susan Spano<br>
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Read more: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-liechtenstein28-2008sep28,0,6772150.story">Liechtenstein, a principality tucked into the Alps</a><br>
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<i>Pictured: A hamlet on the outskirts of Gutenberg Castle near the town of Balzers.</i>
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( Susan Spano/Los Angeles Times )

Liechtenstein is a little German-speaking principality tucked into the Alps between Switzerland and Austria.

The Rhine River runs wide and icy-white along the western border, and the prince's cross-timbered castle nestles in an aerie on the mountainside.

At seemingly every turn, there are trail heads and bike paths.

Pretty, flower-wreathed towns dot the lowlands.

A winding road leads east into the mountains, through a tunnel and across meadows to the ski area of Malbun, which attracts outdoorsy families in the summer.

-- Susan Spano

Read more: Liechtenstein, a principality tucked into the Alps

Pictured: A hamlet on the outskirts of Gutenberg Castle near the town of Balzers.

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