Monday, June 16, 2008

Castle of Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Remember the Heidi card i posted not so long ago? And how I said that i was actually offered Liechtenstein and that i went for it but when I saw the Heidi card, i changed my mind?
Well, Daniela, who sent me the Heidi card, completely unexpectedly, sent me a card of Liechtenstein as well....I guess she had read that my initial choice was Liechtenstein, so she decided to surprise me and send it to me, as a thank you for trading with her.....I must say i was literary caught of guard and extremely pleasantly surprised! Thank You Daniela for your thoughtfulness, a lot!!
My first card from Liechtenstein....adding one more country to my collection :D

Liechtenstein is a tiny (fourth smallest in Europe), doubly landlocked alpine country in western Europe bordered by Switzerland to its west and by Austria to its east, best known as a tax haven! It is one of the only two doubly landlocked countries in the world being a landlocked country wholly surrounded by other landlocked countries—the other is Uzbekistan.
As a country its not heavily urbanized. Many cultivated fields and small farms characterise its landscape both in the north (Unterland) and in the south (Oberland).
Most people speak Alemannic, a dialect of German, that is highly divergent from standard German. It is the smallest German speaking country in the world and the only country with a predominantly German-speaking population that does not share a border with Germany.

What can you see in the card is the Castle of Vaduz, which is the official residence of the prince of Liechtenstein (it has been the primary residence for the Royal Family since 1938). The Palace is named after the town Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Unfortunately, it can not be visited by tourists.


iPost said...

So cool! I had never heard of that country before! Thanks for the advise with the "split personality" cards!

Jessica said...

I am so jealous! I have been wanting a card from there!