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Introduction

Vaduz

Vaduz

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Vaduz is the capital of the small country Liechtenstein. It has a population of about 5,500 inhabitants, making it the second largest town in the country. It is the seat of the national government and also a major banking centre. It is located in the west of the country along the river Rhine in the lowest parts of the mountainous country. Vaduz Castle, visible from almost everywhere in the city, is one of the most famous landmarks and home of the prince of Liechtenstein and the Liechtenstein princely family. Although the town itself is not particularly interesting and is accessible only by road, many tourists find their way here to visit the town or nearby attractions.

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Sights and Activities

Schloss Vaduz

Schloss Vaduz, also known as Vaduz Castle, is a stunning castle overlooking the capital of Vaduz. The oldest parts of the castle were built in the 12th century, although most of the castle burned down in 1499 and then rebuilt. An extension was added to the west side in the 17th century. In 1712 the castle became property of the royals and has been there residence since then. With stunning mountains behind it, the Schloss Vaduz is a breath taking sight.

Liechtenstein Art Museum

Opened in 2000 the Liechtenstein Art Museum (Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein) is a great art museum. It has an excellent collection of international modern and contemporary art. It also has the national collection, which is the royal families private collection. Designed by the Swiss architects of Meinrad Morger this building is pretty from the outside also.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Shopping - Hit up some world class shops in this city.

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Weather

Vaduz has warm summers and cold winters. Temperatures in summer from June to September are generally between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius, sometimes with days over 30 degrees possible. Nights are pleasantly, around 14 degrees. Winters are around zero with frost at night, sometimes around -20 degrees. Most of the rain falls during the summer season with sometimes very heavy showers and thunderstorms.

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Getting There

By Bus

LBA is the only company offering comfortable bus travel between Vaduz and other destinations within Liechtenstein. It also operates to Feldkirch in Austria and to Sargans and Buchs in Switzerland.

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