Culture and history in Vaduz Liechtenstein should not be missed. You can find out more about the principality in these Vaduz sights. Only those who deal with it can understand and understand the Principality of Liechtenstein enjoy. How can a country exist that is nestled in a strip of land between the Swiss Rhine Valley and the Vorarlberg mountains? We went looking for clues in the city's museums. All three museums are located in the center of the state capital. Again the country surprises us with its treasures. We did not expect such values.
Picasso and Giacometti in the art museum in Vaduz Liechtenstein
A dark building stands on the pedestrian street. Behind it hides the art museum of Vaduz. Friedemann Marsch leads us through the exhibition rooms. He explains how to present modern art in his museum. In the art museum one has on the Art specialized since the 60 years. There are temporary exhibitions and works by the museum. Unlike usual, temporary exhibitions are not separated from the permanent exhibition. Instead, one exposes loans between their own works of art and thus puts them in relation to each other. An interesting concept.
A stairwell also connects the art museum with the Hilti Art Foundation. This is financed by the Hilti company. (The ones with the construction machines - yes.) In it we see art from the time before 1960. Among them are works by Picasso, Giacometti, Kirchner or Beckmann. If you look at both museums, you walk through the art of the 20th century. As a museum cooperation, the art museum and the Hilti Art Foundation attract art lovers from all over the world.
State history in the State Museum in Vaduz
A few steps away is the National Museum. Although the museum looks a bit dusty, you should not miss it. Here you get an overview of how the principality came about. From the geological origin until now. Rocks prove that once the Thetys reached into these regions. It is the primal sea, the remnant of which is the Mediterranean Sea. Stuffed animals also show how diverse the fauna in this country is. Even lynxes can be found from time to time in the mountains. It is interesting that in a remote valley countless species of butterflies occur. Below are two that are only here.
However, we found the country's history particularly interesting. The princely family is one of the oldest noble families in Austria. in the Waldviertel she owns vineyards. In 1608, Karl von Liechtenstein received the title of Prince from the Emperor. This did not include land ownership. Only the purchase of the Schellenberg estate changed that. In 1712 Prince Johann Adam I added the county of Vaduz.
Maneuvering secured the position of the Princely House. It thus ensured the country's independence for generations. The Princely House is very popular with the population. This is also due to the family history, which went without scandals. Hereditary Prince Alois exercises the functions of head of state. However, the head of state is Prince Hans-Adam II. The Hereditary Prince makes Liechtenstein a global player. Vacuum technology and medicinal products are export goods. Liechtenstein is part of the European economic area. At the same time, it cooperates closely with Switzerland.
After a tour of the museum, Rainer Vollkommer finally leads us into the
These we enter like a safe. That does not surprise us. Because first of all the eye falls on the princely crown. This lies on a velvet cushion. So it looks all the more magnificent.
Other treasures in this room also come from the collections of the royal family. There are weapons in showcases. This includes the steel hand of a knight's armor as well as finely crafted swords.
A highlight that I really like is a Fabergé egg. This belongs to a collection of eggs. Part of it can be seen in the treasury. Further copies are also in the state museum. Instead, the fourth highlight of the exhibition appears inconspicuous. There is a stone in a showcase. Only on closer inspection does it turn out to be moon rock.
At the end...
The museums offer an insight into culture and history in Vaduz. They help to understand the principality. For this reason alone, a visit is worthwhile.
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Source: Research on culture and history in Vaduz at the invitation of Liechtenstein Tourism. Our opinion, however, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs
Video: © Copyright Petar Fuchs