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Vaduz Travel Blog

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Landesmuseum (National Museum) with Vaduz Castle

Got bored this morning and decided I wanted to go for a drive...but where to go?  I've been to almost every city in normal driving distance, and kind of felt like making today's trip something special.  Did a quick distance check and realized that if I left by 9AM, I could be in Vaduz, Liechtenstein around 4PM, and back by Midnight.  I can do that...I've done worse before...so off I went!

Drove down via A67->A61->A6->A5->A8->A7->A96->A13 with some local roads in between in Switzerland.  Arrived just on time, at 4PM (better than planned in fact as I had a delay at the start to put some oil in the car ... thanks Avis!...and had some traffic jams due to construction).

Castle over the center

I got a stern look from customs as I drove into Switzerland itself, but no troubles there.  Was a great border crossing on small town roads, not the big highway traffic jam you get when crossing in at Basel.

I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I saw was not at all what I expected!  Liechtenstein is a very small country.  Switzerland officially ends at the Rhine river to the east, but Austria does not begin until you cross the mountains on the east of the Rhine.  Liechtenstein is the area on the East bank of the Rhine up to the mountains.  There is an open border between Liechtenstein and Switzerland...I guess you can only get in via Switzerland. 

The city, well, town of Vaduz is quite small.  There is a nice center area, from the Cathedral on one end to the area around Town hall on the other end.

Rathaus (Town Hall)
  Overlooking it all is Vaduz Castle.  You cannot go into the castle itself as the Prince still lives there, but you can walk along a path towards the castle which is supposed to offer great views of the Alps.  I did not have time to do this walk today, but will try to go back another day to see the view and spend more time.

In the center, there are numerous restaurants and pubs that were all quite busy, it looks like a fun place to hang out, have a drink and watch the Alps on the west of the Rhine, and Paragliders coming over Vaduz castle.

For 2-Euros, you can get a passport stamp at the tourist information booth as well, for those who want to prove they were there.

emperial78 says:
I use to live right off A67. We're going to Liechtenstein in June. Can't wait.
Posted on: May 02, 2008
jennjeff1 says:
Been there, done that too! Liechtenstein is not all that bad...very interesting royal family and all still living in the castle. Got a postmark from the Liechtenstein Post Office too! ~Jeff
Posted on: Apr 27, 2008
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Landesmuseum (National Museum) wit…
Landesmuseum (National Museum) wi…
Castle over the center
Castle over the center
Rathaus (Town Hall)
Rathaus (Town Hall)
I believe this is Garsellikopf
I believe this is Garsellikopf
Swiss Alps
Swiss Alps
This is the Liechtenstein license …
This is the Liechtenstein license…
Cathedral
Cathedral
View into the center with the Cast…
View into the center with the Cas…
Not sure what this is, but loved t…
Not sure what this is, but loved …
Städtle
Städtle
Again, the light refraction
Again, the light refraction
Regierungsgebäude (Government Bui…
Regierungsgebäude (Government Bu…
Little park on Städtle
Little park on Städtle
Regierungsgebäude (Government Bui…
Regierungsgebäude (Government Bu…
Sculpture on Städtle
Sculpture on Städtle
Neus Landtagsgebäude (New Prliame…
Neus Landtagsgebäude (New Prliam…
Landesmuseum (National Museum)
Landesmuseum (National Museum)
Vaduz Castle
Vaduz Castle
Vaduz Castle overlooking the cente…
Vaduz Castle overlooking the cent…
Theres artwork all along Städtle
There's artwork all along Städtle
Cafes on Städtle
Cafes on Städtle
Castle and Cafes
Castle and Cafes
Paraglider coming over the castle
Paraglider coming over the castle
View of the Alps from the Städtle
View of the Alps from the Städtle
Helped make the trip seem a little…
Helped make the trip seem a littl…
Vaduz
photo by: cimtech