The Borders of Liechtenstein

For such a tiny country, Liechtenstein has rather complicated internal borders.  The Alpine principality on the east bank of the Rhine is divided into eleven Gemeinden, or municipalities.  The manner in which these municipalities are divided, however, isn’t exactly conventional: Source: Aotearoa, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Liechtenstein-admin.png.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. The capital of Vaduz,…

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Google Sightseeing: Valleys of Valais – Lötschental and Belalp

Google Street View was at it again this summer, this time with its tricycle.  The trike has the ability to give viewers close-up view of spectacular places not accessible by car.  Its latest ‘Trike View’ update saw images from twelve different locations in Switzerland, such as the famed ski resort of Zermatt and Zurich’s Letzigrund…

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Grüner See: The Green Lake of Tragöß

The flooded, verdant wonderland in the Alexander Benedik video embedded above entitled Water Level 8.0 m looks stunning. It’s hard to believe that an alpine meadow can survive underwater. And yet, in the Austrian municipality of Tragöß in Upper Styria, just outside of the small mountain hamlet of Oberort, one can experience this surreal waterscape…

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