Schloss Vaduz

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A riot of turrets and towers plonked high on a hillside and set against the theatrical backdrop of jagged mountains, Schloss Vaduz is quite the fairy-tale castle of your wildest dreams. It was built as a fortress in the 12th century and is now the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. Though closed to the public, it is worth the climb for the wide-ranging views. Trails ascend the hill from the end of Egertastrasse.

For a rare peek inside the castle grounds, arrive on 15 August, Liechtenstein’s National Day, when there are magnificent fireworks and the prince invites all Liechtensteiners over to his place for a glass of wine or beer.

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1. Postmuseum


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2. Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein


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3. Treasure Chamber

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4. Liechtensteinisches Landesmuseum

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5. Parliament Building

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Since 2008, Liechtenstein's 25-member Parliament has been convening in this somewhat startlingly modern building. Munich-based architect Hansjörg Göritz…

6. Government Building

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This stately building, completed in 1905, is the administrative centre for Liechtenstein and was formerly the Parliament building before the new one was…

7. St Florin Cathedral

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The former parish church of St Florin was given the status of cathedral in 1997 with the setting up of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vaduz. The stone…

8. Mitteldorf

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To see how Vaduz once looked, amble north of town to Mitteldorf. Its streets form a charming quarter of traditional houses and rose-strewn gardens…