In Europe, 76 destinations off the beaten path
Looking beyond Rome, Paris or London? Consider Europe's lesser-known destinations, such as Monschau, Germany, a town so quaint you can hardly believe it isn't a theme park or San Marino, one of Europe's oldest and smallest countries (drive through it slowly).
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Liechtenstein( 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
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Pictured: A hamlet on the outskirts of Gutenberg Castle near the town of Balzers.