Impossible! – You said? Not when we are talking about Leichtenstein. In this tiny nation, you can become a local expert over the space of just two leisurely days.
At just 160 sq km, the lovely Liechtenstein lies between Switzerland and Austria; an easy one-hour drive or train ride from Zurich. Its population is a little over 35,000. The nation has no airport. It maintains no military.
But why would you want to go to so small a place at all?
Precisely because it is among the world’s top 5 micronations, with some of the highest living standards and the most magnificent scenery (two-thirds of the land is covered by snow-capped Alps.)
Despite its small size, Leichtenstein offers some staggering pleasures – skiing across the lovely Upper Rhine valley, cycling down a flower-laden trail, plunging into a cold-water lake, tasting the finest wine from the royal cellar. Or be, just be.
We checked hotels.com for accommodation options, and were delighted to find Hotel Meierhof, a four-star property with fabulous views for a peak-season tariff of just about Rs. 10,000 a night. We spotted some homey Bed-and-Breakfasts and Mountain Huts, enchanting and affordable.
Oh, and they even have a prince who lives in a 700-year-old castle atop a rock.
We’re already in love with this fairy tale land: aren’t you?