Liechtenstein is one of the dwarf states of Europe, or rather a principality located on the border of Austria and Switzerland. It is a small enclave of prosperity, stability and a high standard of living. About 40 thousand people live in the whole country, in the largest city there are 6 thousand inhabitants. Only 120 employees serve in law enforcement agencies.
Liechtenstein is located among the picturesque Alps. Against the backdrop of the quiet and well-groomed streets of Shan and Vaduz, mountain peaks sparkle, alpine meadows and forests stretch out. It will be interesting to visit the principality for fans of skiing, cyclists and just lovers of outdoor activities.
In a short period of time in Liechtenstein, you can do a lot: see castles scattered among the mountains, sunbathe on comfortable beaches on the banks of the Rhine, enjoy the luxury of hotels and impeccable service.
What to see in Liechtenstein?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
The building was built in the early Middle Ages. Its owners were people from the noble family of Werdenberg-Sargans. Later, the castle was restored, acquiring new buildings. Today, Vaduz serves as the official residence of the ruling prince, access to tourists is open only on August 15th. This is a public holiday, in honor of which a festival is held on the castle grounds.
A superbly preserved medieval fortress in the south of the state, one of the most iconic sights. It is believed that it was built in the XI-XII centuries. The castle rises 70 meters above the surroundings, in the courtyard there is a rose garden and a Gothic chapel. Festivals are often held here, theater troupes perform. Only during the celebration, anyone can enter the territory.
Located in the capital - the city of Vaduz, is an architectural monument of historical significance (came under protection in 1992). The building appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, the architect Gustav von Neumann emphasized the neo-baroque style during construction. The building looks very neat, elegant and fits perfectly into the surrounding landscape. The Government House is an ornament and a hallmark of the capital.
City Hall of Vaduz
The building is used for meetings and meetings of the city council of the capital. The architecture is designed with German rigor and Swiss precision, distinguished by laconic forms and functional elements. In the meeting room there is a gallery of portraits of the princes of Liechtenstein, as well as the city burgomasters. The town hall appeared in 1932, the construction was carried out under the guidance of the architect F. Rekle.
Pedestrian street, where the main sights of the capital are concentrated. Here in cozy cafes you can slowly drink coffee with fresh pastries or visit numerous shops. There are a large number of interesting sculptures on the Stadl, which create a special atmosphere in this place. Also located here is the Postal Museum, the English House and some administrative buildings.
Vaduz Cathedral (Cathedral of St. Florin)
A neo-Gothic temple built in the 19th century on the site of an old medieval church. The cathedral is dedicated to one of the local saints and patrons, Florin of Remus. Despite the fact that the cathedral is Catholic, the appearance and interior decoration correspond more to Protestant canons - modesty and restraint in the decoration of walls, statues, lack of rich decoration and unnecessary pomp.
Liechtenstein State Museum
In this place you can get acquainted with the history of the country, learn interesting facts and comprehend the events that have taken place here over the centuries. The museum consists of two old and one modern buildings, there is also a small branch in the community of Schellenberg. Here are collected collections of antiques, paintings, weapons, dishes, various items that once belonged to the princely family of Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein Postal Museum
It is under the jurisdiction of the State Museum, the date of foundation is considered to be 1930. It contains a large collection of stamps issued in the principality since 1912. The exposition also contains documents related to postal affairs, engraving tools, printing presses, sketches of stamps, uniforms of postmen. Temporary exhibitions are regularly arranged in the museum, where expositions from other galleries are placed.
Liechtenstein Art Museum
Modern building opened in 2000. This is a museum of contemporary art, as most of the exposition is made up of fashionable installations and interesting art objects, among which sculptures deserve special attention. The building is a black cube, the walls are decorated with pebbles from the Rhine River. The museum also houses a huge private collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein.
Three Sisters Mountain (Dry Schwestern)
Natural attraction on the border of Liechtenstein with Austria. At the foot there is a castle and a chapel of the 9th century, at the top are the ruins of another castle, which was once a princely residence. There are several climbing routes of varying difficulty around the mountain, and a picturesque view of the valley opens from the top. Peaks rise above the capital of the principality - the city of Vaduz.