The Red House is in fact a red house with an annexed tower. it's not a simple house: it's the oldest house in Vaduz.
In the past it was called Vaistlihof, home of the Vaistlis. Today it is the oldest house in Vaduz. In the 16th century it used to belong to the St. Johann Monastery in the Thurtal Valley until it was bought by a lay family, the Vaistlis ineeed. The tower was a later addition (1807).
You can also see an old press beam ("Torkelbaum") in the right corner to the house.
If you look up above the town of Vaduz you may catch a glimpse of Schloss Vaduz - the Castle. The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 12th century.
The Castle is still the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein, and is unfortunately closed to visitors.
Although you can't get into the castle grounds for a look around, it is still recommended to walk up to the castle as from here there are fabulous views across the country.
The castle was built in the 12th century at top of a hill in Vaduz and is the residence of one of the oldest royal families. The Castle cannot be visited, but guided tours in Vaduz offer interesting insights into the history of the castle and the Princely Family.
Liechtenstein’s National Art Museum (Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein) was inaugurated in November 2000 as a museum of fine arts. The architectural work of art, an eye-catching black cube, is situated in the center of Vaduz. The collection of the national exhibition focuses on international modern and contemporary art. Liechtenstein’s National Art Museum mainly shows artistic works since 1900 from its own collection and changing exhibitions on 1,750 sq. m/18,725 sq ft of floor space. Liechtenstein’s National Art Museum is a place of encounters characterized by a lively interaction with art.
As I say on my front page to Vaduz, you don't really get your Passpart stamped all that much in Europe these days.
But in Leichtenstein, you can pay E1,50 for the privelige. Go to the Info office in the main square to GET STAMPED!!!
The government building (Regierungsgebäude) was completed in 1905 and is the seat of the government and parliament. The government building is a landmark 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.
This is the New Parliament Building of the Principality of Liechtenstein built by the Land Liechtenstein. built after the plans of Hansjoerg Goeritz .
It will include Parliament hall Faction Rooms ,Conference Rooms , Office rooms , Underground Car Park , Urban Lanscaping. Start of the construction site - Autumn 2002 . Opening : December 2006. Buliding costs - CHF 40 mio / Eur 27 mio.
St. Florin´s Parish Church is the city's Parish Church. Built between 1868 and 1873 in neo-gothic style, it stands on the sie of a medieval chapel
The neo-Gothic parish church of Vaduz was built between 1868 and 1873 on the site of a medieval chapel. The architect is the same architect who built the Vienna City Hall: the austrian Friedrich von Schmidt.
While the church itself is unassuming, the important fact is that, thanks to it, vaduz eventually became an independent parish.
The Town Hall of Vaduz is a nice pink building with a long row of little windows, although it is of recent built (around 1932-33 in fact).
The ornaments around the window and the balcony fresco are by Johannes Troyer. The city's coat of arms is chiseled into stone.
The best thing about the town hall, however, are the three bronze statues of the wild horses. They are made by a contemporary swiss sculpton from the italian speaking area of Switzerland: Nag Arnoldi - a failed dentist technician turned into one of Switzerland's best sculptors.
The first thing I saw after we parked at the lot was this granite cube with no windows ,that was claiming to be the Museum of arts. The museum was closed on Sunday , but a glance through the side window showed me I was not missing much. Sorry , I am not into modern art. I just don't understand it.....
Listed under No7 of the most ugliest buildings in the world > see
http://members.virtualtourist.com/vt/t/1c7/ for the other 9:))
The Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts is my first sight and impression of vaduz. We parked the car in an underground parking lot, we took the elevator to the street level and... a wonderful and enormous sculpture was standing right in front of me with a black (marble?) building in the background.
I remember shouting to my husband: f*ck*ng hell, this is a huge Botero.
Only then we realized it was the visit card of the Museum of Fine Arts. For us Vaduz became the city where the parking lot housed a Botero. Welcome to the rich man's world.
The collections of the museum focus on art since 1900, in particular sculpture, objects and installations.
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.
The Landesmuseum in Vaduz is the Liechtenstein National Museum. It is located next to the tourist information centre on pedestrianised Stadtle. The museum takes you on a journey through the history of the tiny principality, from medieval times till today.
We had a quick look around the museum, though found it a bit difficult as much of the information was only provided in German. The highlight for me was a set of stairs with a life-like fox sitting on the landing, and above it a series of wall-mounted fake moose (or deer) heads. Odd.
Perched above the town of Vaduz , its castle is built in the steep mountain walls and watches over peace in the city as a silent sentinel.It is closed for visitors , as the royal family has its headquarters there. All you can do is walk nearby :))
It's always good to have a map of the place you want to visit :)) I wish I had one every time I bump to a new place.Even tho you can manage without a map, as Vaduz is not really a megapolis. There is the castle ,to help you orientate yourself - obviously the center is located right under it. The buildings marked with red present the main sites of interest . I wish we had visited the river too , but none of us really paid attention while we were there...