I have been to this beautiful country and its capital 'Vaduz' , twice! The first time i went there was in December and everything was covered by snow like a bride in wedding dress. Me and my friend stay for few hours and came back to Zurich because there was no life there, it was toooo freezingly cold.
The next time i went to Liechtenstein was in April this year. We specially planned our trip in such a way that we would enter from north of Liechtenstein and leave from the south of this country back to Switzerland - Zurich. This plan was not bad at all and we had an amazingly time there. You may try that too! ;-)
Fondest memory: Vaduz! is simply a small but a beautiful city which has left its beautiful memories in my mind to cheerish when i am sad or blue!
The thing which i like about Vaduz is its mountain which seems to be artificially created because of its steep height. I love it. We went up on the mountain and near the King's Castle which is lovely place to visit. Though its not allowed to go near that Castle but we secretively managed it ;-) the road going to the Castle is undescriblable beautiful, having lush green mountain on one side and the view of the whole COUNTRY on the side ! This is something which i never experienced before in my life, but its worth it!
This is pretty embarrassing. I spent about 5 mins of my drive to Zuerich (for business) and drove through Vaduz, Liechtenstein simply because I had never been in that country before. It's not really fair for me to comment much other than to say it looked like your typical Swiss town -- which it practically is...
Fondest memory: The Prince's Castle was pretty impressive
Due to its total independency Liechtenstein is still well known as a tax haven.
Certain taxes are much lower compared to other European countries, therefore you will notice many banks and buildings of investment companies in and around Vaduz.
One of the local Liechtenstein banks is the LGT group, which is the wealth and asset management group of the Princely House of Liechtenstein.
I must admit that I forgot too bring my savings to Liechtenstein ... *winkygrin*
As Liechtenstein is among the smallest countries in the world, its stamps and postcards are very popular for collectors.
Postcards are available in a large variety in almost every shop, special stamps can be bought in the Main Post Office at Städle 38 in the town centre.
Vaduz is also home to the Postage Stamp Museum which is situated at Städle 37, just next to the Main Post Office.
Postage Stamp Museum:
As Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein it is also home to the most important museums of the principality.
I must admit that we didn't visit any of the museums as we prefered to stroll around the town. Nevertheless we came along a few of the museums and saw them from the outside. Among the most popular museums seem to be:
Liechtenstein National Museum:
Museum of Fine Arts:
The Princely House of Liechtenstein is one of the oldest noble families. The family has over 100 members, of whom only a part lives in the Principality of Liechtenstein.
The Reigning Prince is the sovereign of the Princely House and, according to the Law on the Princely House , watches over the "reputation, honor, and welfare" of the Princely House. Prince Hans Adam II assumed the regency on 13 November 1989 after the death of Prince Franz Josef II.
The Princely Family elects a Family Council every five years. The Family Council acts as an instance of appeal for decisions arising from the Law on the Princely House.
Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie have four children.
On August 15th 2004 H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II entrusts his son H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois as his representative with the exercise of all sovereign rights pertaining to him, in accordance with the Liechtenstein Constitution.
The government building (Regierungsgebäude) was completed in 1905 and is the seat of the government and parliament. The government building and St. Florin’s Church are landmarks of this part of Vaduz. The government building and “Verweserhaus” are living proof of the fact that Vaduz has been the capital since 1342 and the residence – with interruptions – of the lords of the old lands of Vaduz and of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
You find the building at the south end of the pedestrian area.
Liechtenstein has a population of 33,000. It consists of 11 villages and is 24.6 km/15.3 miles long. The country takes great pride in one particular landmark: the Castle of Vaduz. The castle was built in the 12th century and is the residence of one of the oldest royal families. In 1699, Prince Johann Adam Adreas purchased the lands of Schellenberg, in 1712 he acquired the County of Vaduz, and in 1719 the estates were elevated to the Imperial Principality of Liechtenstein. Only since 1938 has the Princely Family resided in Vaduz Castle in Liechtenstein.
The Castle cannot be visited!
Liechtenstein is well known for the Financial services, representing an important economic sector in Liechtenstein, but not the largest as many people think. 13.2% of persons employed in Liechtenstein are in the financial services sector(2001).
Watch some of the nice buildings they are residing in.
Liechtenstein is Swiss customs territory, so there is no Liechtenstein immigration checkpoint.
If you are collecting stamps in your passport you can get your official stamp at the tourist office in Vaduz.
You find the office in the pedestrian area downtown Vaduz.
Favorite thing: Visit The State Art Collection (Staatliche Kunstsammlung) has good temporary exhibitions and includes parts of the art collection that the princes of Liechtenstein have acquired over the centuries.
Vaduz is a great 'walking around' place. It is so small and very pretty.
Fondest memory: This may not be a 'fond' memory, but a funny one.We stayed at a very nice hotel(forgot the name)and early in the morning we heard a very quiet knock on the door of our room and immediately the door opened (we were not dressed--I mean NOT dressed)and in came a man with a window box of flowers. He proceded to go to our window and place the flower box on the outside and left as quickly as he had come in. Mornings in Vaduz can be interesting!!
Fondest memory: When I was there with my brother and sister-in-law we have found ourselves in a wedding ceremony. It was a nice trip for us. ( In 1992 )
Mareestrasse 29, Vaduz, 9490, Liechtenstein
Good for: Business
Staedtle 23, Vaduz, 9490, Liechtenstein
Good for: Families
Fam. Elke and Roland Kindle, Vaduz, 9495, Liechtenstein
Good for: Couples