London, United Kingdom
August 14, 2003
Probably the best-known and most important sight is the Liechtenstein Art Museum. The gallery is home to a good collection of works, including part of the renowned private collection owned by the local royal family.
Meanwhile, above the centre on a charming wooded hillside is a relatively understated, but really quite beautiful castle. Parts of the structure date back to the fourteenth century, although much of what stands today is the result of an extensive renovation about 100 years ago. It has been the principal home of the local royal family since the 1930s, and because of that is not actually open to the public. However, going up the footpath, which features some signs that provide pertinent historical information, to get a better look is still rewarding, as it is even nicer when seen close up. In addition, the views down into the settled valley below and across to the mountains opposite from the elevated position are also very pleasant, and there are several decent marked walking trails nearby.
Finally, there are some other potential points of interest in the area, including a pair of museums dedicated to a pair of quite notable facets of life in principality, namely skiing and postage stamps, which are both probably primarily worth visiting by those who are enthusiastic about the particular subject. However, the latter is free to enter, occupies only one room and adjoins the tourist office, which is where to obtain the nation's passport stamp, so it may be worth briefly browsing the exhibition anyway. In addition, among the profusion of bank buildings, there are a few examples of appealing older architecture. Perhaps the most noteworthy is the 19th century Cathedral of St Florin, elevated from being just a humble parish church as recently as 1997, which is externally charming and features some magnificent modern stained glass windows inside, whilst the home of the national parliament and the town hall are also both attractive edifices.
From journal Vaduz - The diminutive capital of tiny Liechtenstein