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Liechtenstein

Main attractions

Landscape near Steg, Liechtenstein
Landscape near Steg / Clemens v. Vogelsang, / CC BY 2.0

Liechtenstein is small but spectacular country in Alps. Most interesting landmarks here are two well preserved medieval castles.

Landmarks

Gutenberg Castle, Liechtenstein
Gutenberg Castle / Adrian Michael, / CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Gutenberg Castle - well preserved mountaintop castle in Balzers. The hill of the castle has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. Around 1100 here started to develop a castle which in the coming years was rebuilt and extended multiple times. Now castle serves as a museum.
  • Vaduz Castle - impressive hilltop castle - palace. Oldest part of the castle is its keep, built in the 12th century. Now it serves as the residence of Liechtenstein's Princely Family, it is not open for the public.
  • St.Mamertus Chapel - oldest chapel in the country, built in the 9th or early 10th century.
  • Rotes Haus, Vaduz - residential building from the late medieval ages, constructed in the 15th century or earlier.
  • The Old Vaduz - Sevelen Rhine Bridge - 135 m long, covered wooden bridge. Built in 1900 - 1901.

List of described attractions

Map of Liechtenstein

Recommended books:

Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City

This unique book examines the history, culture, and inner workings of the seven smallest independent countries in Europe.

Liechtenstein: A Modern History

Liechtenstein--an Alpine curiosity? A haven for financial criminals? Or a success story in modern Europe? This book examines the reality behind the clichés. Liechtenstein's history has been dramatic and precarious. Several times it was in danger of vanishing from the map, most recently in 1939 when local Nazis tried to seize power and swallow the Principality into the Third Reich.

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