The Liechtenstein tale is our favorite royal story. Though they were Lords, they presided over land that was under more senior Lords, and in particular, the Hapsburgs, and so did not have a seat at the Imperial table. What to do?

Rather conveniently the Hohenems Family had two adjacent parcels, Schellenburg and the County of Vaduz that were not otherwise presided over, and so were purchased by the Liechtensteins. Charles VI, as Holy Roman Emperor, immediately decreed this united property the, “Principality of Liechtenstein” and the Liechtenstein’s were afforded a seat in the government.

The family owns 13 residences including two in Vienna, the Garden Palace and the City Palace; and a castle just outside of the city in the Vienna Woods, Burg Liechtenstein. Two other palaces, Lednice and Valtice, were confiscated in 1945.

But onto the wandering. Our guide, always going forward.

Faux ruins for royal amusement. The Hapsburg’s have them, as well, at Schloss Schönbrunn.

A watchtower, also for fun. On a clear day one can view the Lower Carpathian mountain range.

Signs of spring. Signs requesting that we not disturb the birds. And the important sign of a successful Hiking and Schnitzeling outing, the Biergarten sign.

Two plates of Schnitzel, and the Pommes Payment for CTF.