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    New Parliament Building

    by pure1942 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This unique looking building is located at the southern end of the Stadtle cultural mile, right beside the older governmet building. The light brown building is one the town's newest building only opening in 2008. It houses the 25 member Liechtenstein Parliament who convene here. The unique building was designed by German architect Hansjörg Göritz who won a design competition for the contract to build the New Parliament building.

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    Princely collections

    by loisl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It has become a tradition to present a small selection of exquisite pieces belonging to the Princely Collections in Vaduz in the context of thematic rotating exhibitions. Over the course of 400 years of collecting, the Princes of Liechtenstein have demonstrated a marked interest in such works, which have also met their social and cultural need for representation. Thus, a rich inventory of works of art has been compiled over the centuries, not only including painters and sculptors like Rembrandt, Rubens, Jodaens, Batoni, Duquesnoy, Susini, Rauchmiller and Soldani, but also telling the most beautiful stories of Greek and Roman antiquity.

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    Schloss Vaduz

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jun 13, 2010

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    The Castle of Vaduz is still the home of the Liechtenstein family that rule this country. The castle towers over the small capital city of Vaduz. The castle dates from the 12th century and has been continously occupied since.

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    St. Florin´s Parish Church

    by mallyak Written Sep 4, 2008

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    The neo-Gothic parish church of Vaduz was built between 1868 and 1873 on the site of a medieval chapel. It was constructed according to the plans of the Viennese architect Friedrich von Schmidt (who built the Vienna City Hall) and was consecrated on 5 October 1873. With the consecration of the church, Vaduz was elevated to a parish. The interior was renovated from 1965 to 1966 and the exterior from 1975 to 1976

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    Vaduz Castle

    by mallyak Updated Sep 4, 2008

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    The home of the reigning prince of Liechtenstein and the Liechtenstein princely family. The castle is visible from almost any location in Vaduz, being perched atop a steep hill in the middle of the city.
    It is the central landmark of Vaduz is the Castle, actually a medieval fortress expanded in the 16th and 17th century. The earliest explicit mention of the fortress was in a document with which Court Rudolf von Werdenberg-Sargans pledged the fortress to Ulrich von Matsch. The owners at the time – and probably also the builders – were the counts of Werdenberg-Sargans.
    The castle keep (12th century) and the buildings on the eastern side are the oldest part of the complex. The tower’s footprint is 12 by 13 meters; the thickness of its walls at its base is up to 4 meters. The original entrance was on the courtyard side at 11 meters height.

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    Vaduz Town hall

    by mallyak Updated Sep 4, 2008

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    The building in Vaduz was constructed in 1932/33 according to the plans of Franz Roeckle and was renovated from 1982 to 1984. Its southern façade is particularly noteworthy, with its ornaments around the window and the balcony fresco by Johannes Troyer. On the front of the building facing the street, the coat of arms of Vaduz is chiseled into stone.
    The Princely hat symbolizes the Princely residence, and the church banner recalls the Counts of Werdenberg-Sargans in Vaduz, under whose rule the cornerstone of the later sovereignty of Liechtenstein was laid in 1342.

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    Castle Walk - Views

    by pure1942 Updated May 13, 2008

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    The walk up to the Castle offers great views over the town of Vaduz and beyond. There are a variety of viewing points on the walk up to the walls of the castle (no you can't go in - just look) Along the walk you have many interesting information boards outlining the history of Liechtenstein and the Castle. You can see most of the town's main sights from the walk up the hill. the walk takes 15-20 minutes.

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    Kunstmuseum - Art Museum

    by pure1942 Updated May 13, 2008

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    Liechtenstein travel guides describe this building as one of the most significant contributions to Vaduz architecture in recent years. It certainly makes a contribution but I think the big lump of a building looks hideous, but hey, who am I to criticise?
    the building was opened in 2000 and houses the country's top collection of contemporary and modern art. Exhibitions are regularly held with items and pieces from the Prince's private art collection, one of the most extensive privately owned collections in the world.

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    Music School

    by pure1942 Updated May 13, 2008

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    If you didn't know it was there you might miss it but the Liechtenstein School of Music or Rheinbergerhaus is located just by the Cathedral at the end of Stadtle. The house was the birthplace of Liechtenstein's most famous composer, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 - 1901). Today the house is home to the Liechtenstein School of Music and Memorial to the composer.

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    Mitteldorf Village

    by pure1942 Written May 12, 2008

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    In my opinion a stroll through Mitteldorf is far more interesting than Stadtle. You get a sense of tradition that is lacking in the centre of Vaduz as you stroll through this old and historic area of Vaduz. Of course the most famous building in the area is the beautiful 'Red House' but there are other quaint and picturesque buildings and houses dotted around the area. The high stone walls also feature little miniature 'shrines' with religious statues standing in small hollows set into the walls along the street. You also get great views of Schloss Vaduz from street.

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    Stadtle

    by pure1942 Updated May 12, 2008

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    Stadtle is the self-proclaimed cultural and commercial centre of Vaduz where most of the town's museums, shops, restaurants and administration is centred. The Rathaus/Town Hall, Parliament Building, National Museum, Government Building, Art Museum and Stamp Museum are all located on this street as well a series of Sculptures which are dotted along the street. I had the added bonus of arriving in town on the day of a local festival with live street entertainment and market stalls lining the street. The street had a very lively atmosphere but died very quickly in the evening when calm descended quickly on the street. Pity, I thought I was in for a party :)
    The street is fully pedestrianised and is a nice area to stroll through although it lacks a certain historic atmosphere, with a lot of more modern architecture lining the street. There is a sense that the street is trying too hard to become a cultural centre without having much real cultural substance and character. A much more original and traditional sense of culture is felt from the Mittledorf area of the town.

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    Rathaus/Town Hall

    by pure1942 Updated May 12, 2008

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    The Town Hall located in the centre of the town is the centre point around which the busiest area of Vaduz revolves. The Town Hall is relatively new, constructed in 1933 with renovation between 1982 and 1984. The building itself is quite plain but there are nice details around the windows, and nice arcade entrance as well as an imposing bronze sculpture of three Wild Horses at the front of the building. This piece of sculpture is called 'Tre Cavalli' and was created by Swiss artist Nag Arnoldi in 2002.

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    Princely Vault

    by pure1942 Updated May 12, 2008

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    Located right beside the St. Florian Cathedral is the Princely Vault. The vault serves as the Final Resting Palce for members of the Royal Family. You cannot enter the vault, but you can admire the beautiful relief entrance door. Over the door you can see the Royal Coat of Arms.

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    St. Florian Cathedral

    by pure1942 Updated May 12, 2008

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    THe beautiful Cathedral in Vaduz is well worth a visit. Although not as impressive inside as out the Cathedral is a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture. The Cathedral was built between 1868 and 1873 and was the local parish church of St. Florian, Vaduz until 1997, when it was granted Cathedral status. Outside the Cathedral below the steps is a set of beautiful bronze sculptures, One of Mary with the new born baby Jesus and the other of Mary holding the body of Jesus after his crucifixtion. Next to the church is the Princely Vault, the final resting place for members of the Royal Family.

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    Government Building

    by pure1942 Updated May 11, 2008

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    The Government building in Vaduz is located right beside the brand new Parliament Building on Stadtle at the southern end of the cultural mile. The building was built in 1905 and is the seat of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Over the door you can see the coat of arms of the Principality of Liechtenstein created in mosaic.

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