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Wonders of Liechtenstein

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

WorldBlue  Highlights

Liechtenstein is a small but spectacular country in the Alps. The most interesting landmarks here are two well-preserved medieval castles.

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WorldViolet Top 5 wonders of Liechtenstein

Architecture wonders

Vaduz Castle

An impressive hilltop castle – palace. The 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 to the public.

Gutenberg Castle

A 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 that later was rebuilt and extended multiple times. Now castle serves as a museum.

Gutenberg Castle, Liechtenstein
Gutenberg Castle / Adrian Michael, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
St. Mamertus Chapel

The 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.

WorldYellow 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. These are among the oldest states on the continent and, despite their diversity, they have much in common. Most have relatively high per capita incomes and life expectancy, and relatively low unemployment.

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. Liechtenstein has a tiny population, no natural resources, and the image of a less-than-serious fairy-tale kingdom with dubious banking laws which have often proved the bane of international tax authorities.

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