Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Vaduz is the capital city of LiechtensteinOr more realistically, the capital town.  It sits on the Rhine river and was founded ~1322.  The population is less than 5,300 people and nearby Schaan is larger.

It's kind of remarkable that for such a small place, there is a healthy tourist industry even though this is one of the few capital cities in the world that doesn't have an airport or train station.

There is only one pedestrian street in the city and pretty much everything worth seeing is here.

The new parliament building was completed in 2008.  It is home to the country's 25 people's representatives.

The National Art Gallery is a museum of modern art.  There is also lots of contemporary sculptures along the street.

The Cathedral of St. Florin was built in 1874.  It was originally a parish church but was given cathedral status in 1997.

Above the city is the town's most impressive feature – the Vaduz Castle.  It was built 700 years ago and can be seen from almost everywhere in town.  Since 1938 it has been the residence of the prince's family which means that it is closed to the public.   

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