Vaduz Castle is the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. The castle gave its name to the town of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, which it overlooks from an adjacent hilltop. The erstwhile owners - presumably also the builders - were the Counts of Werdenberg-Sargans. The Bergfried (keep, 12th century) and parts of the eastern side are the oldest. The tower stands on a piece of ground some 12 x 13 metres and has a wall thickness on the ground floor of up to 4 m. The original entrance lay at the courtyard side at a height of 11 metres. The chapel of St. Anna was presumably built in the Middle Ages as well. The main altar is late-Gothic. In the Swabian War of 1499, the castle was burned by the Swiss Confederacy. The western side was expanded by Count Kaspar von Hohenems (1613–1640).

The Princely Family of Liechtenstein acquired Vaduz Castle in 1712 when it purchased the countship of Vaduz. At this time, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, combined the countship with the Lordship of Schellenberg, purchased by the Liechtensteins in 1699, to form the present Principality of Liechtenstein. During the medieval days of the principality, the prince could have sought refuge in the castle from a potential peasant uprising.

The castle underwent a major restoration between 1905 and 1920, then again in the early 1920s during the reign of Prince Johann II, and was expanded during the early 1930s by Prince Franz Joseph II. Since 1938, the castle has been the primary residence of Liechtenstein's Princely Family. The castle is not open to the public as the princely family still lives in the castle.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Liechtenstein

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Animesh Kumar (41 days ago)
A small, beautiful castle with a magnificent picturesque background of Swiss alps. Yes it is a view you should experience personally. Serene and peaceful up there. Its a 700 year old castle still inhabited by the royal family and open to the public only once a year on August 15. The prince still lives here. Reaching here by walking from the downtown is much better than driving, since you experience and absorb the beautiful views more. There is a small observation deck on the way to the castle from where you can see the entire town of Vaduz and the surroundings snow capped Alps. 
It is a pity that the castle is not open for the public. You walk all the way up to the mountain just to watch it from the outside.
Anne B (2 months ago)
It is a nice small castle but you can only view it from the outside and just from the road actually. There is a parking a bit higher up the hill and they have some big flags at the entry which makes it look like you can visit it but this is not the case. So a bit of a waste to go all the way up. Definitely if you are hiking. Although the views are nice.
Henry Lanouette (3 months ago)
A beautiful visit to a tiny country. Please know this is a castle with a resident! So don’t expect to go there and tour around. That being said it sits in a beautiful location overlooking the territory that the ruler is in charge of. Beautiful tiny Liechtenstein
Marco Bissaro (7 months ago)
Sorry to the prince and his family, that we just stayed outside of the walls by ourselves, talking about what a nice view there is from there. Next time we shall ask for an audience to be more inclusive, and hopefully have a stimulating conversation between people with (most probably) very different points of view. I know that's not REALLY a review, but a castle doesn't actually need reviews, does it?
Travel around the world Adhiya Ali (11 months ago)
Vaduz Castle Vaduz Castle is the stunning palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. The castle was built in the 12th century and overlooks the capital of Vaduz, Liechtenstein, which is named after the castle. The oldest part is located on the eastern side, while the western part of the castle was expanded in the early to mid 1600's. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public due to the fact that the royal family of Liechtenstein still lives here, so visitors to Liechtenstein should enjoy its splendor from afar.
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