Vaduz Sights and Landmarks Guide, Liechtenstein
Vaduz is the capital of the Principality of Lichtenstein, a small European country at the border of Switzerland and Austria. Like most of the country, Vaduz is situated in a mountainous area, attracting hikers and skiers from all over the world. Vaduz sights can be visited in less than a day, but smallness does nothing but increase the charm of this coquette capital.
Vaduz Sights – Museums
Just as any respectable capital, Vaduz is home to many state museums: Lichtenstein Museum of Fine Arts, Liechtenstein National Library, National Museum and National Archive. The buildings hosting the museums have an intrinsic historical value: the Gothic building where the National Museum is located is almost 5 centuries old; the art gallery, designed by architects Morger, Degelo and Kerez, is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture. You can also pay a visit to the local Ski Museum, Postage Stamp Museum, or the Rheinberger House and Memorial (composer Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger was born here in 1839, but the house was built in the 16th century).
Vaduz Sights – Historical Landmarks
The symbol of Vaduz is definitely Vaduz Castle, built in the 13th century as a fortress and expanded during the 16th and 17th centuries. As it’s been the residence of the prince Family since the beginning of World War II, the castle is not open to visitors. But due to its placement at the base of a mountain, the castle dominates the entire valley and can be seen from any part of the town. The second most distinctive Vaduz landmark is represented by the Red House, a medieval construction of unique beauty, given by the red bricks which for its gabled-stairs façade. Vaduz historical districts Mitteldorf and Oberdorf contain many of the historically protected buildings. Other Vaduz sights are constituted by St. Florin’s Parish Church, the Government Building, the Administrator’s House, the English Building and the Town Hall.
Vaduz Sights – Sports and Entertainment
With the Rhine River crossing the town and the slopes of the Swiss Alps abruptly descending towards the town’s outskirts, Vaduz’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Most winter sports and mountain sports can be practiced around Vaduz, not to mention some indoor sports like tennis, mini-golf or squash. During summer, Vaduz inhabitants enjoy the open air swimming pool or play different games in the Rhine Park Stadium. If you like extreme sports, you must definitely try the services of Vaduz Hang-Loose paragliding school. Vaduz might not have the greatness of London or Paris, nor the musical scene of Birmingham or Berlin, but the wonderful landscape beats any architectural masterpiece or urban manifestation.
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travel tip by davidsbeenhere posted more then 30 days ago
Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein is a small little town. Its smaller then most towns that I have visited in Spain and there is very little to see. There is only one Pedestrian street and that is Stadtle street. The only other sight to...