Vaduz and its exclaves in Liechtenstein
|• Mayor||Ewald Ospelt|
|• Total||17.3 km2 (6.7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||455 m (1,493 ft)|
|• Density||288/km2 (750/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||LI-11|
Vaduz (//; German pronunciation: [faˈdʊt͡s] or [vaˈduːt͡s]) is the capital of Liechtenstein and also the seat of the national parliament. The town, which is located along the Rhine River, has about 5,407 residents as of 2016[update].
Although Vaduz is the best known town internationally in the principality, it is not the largest; neighbouring Schaan has a larger population.
Vaduz is mentioned in historic 12th-century manuscripts as Faduzes. In 1322 a mention of the castle is made, which was sacked by the Swiss in 1499 during the Swabian War. The entire town was also destroyed.
In the 17th century the Liechtenstein family was seeking a seat in the Imperial diet, the Reichstag. However, since they did not hold any territory that was directly under the Imperial throne, they were unable to meet the primary requirement to qualify.
The family yearned for the added power a seat in the Imperial government would bring, and therefore sought to acquire lands that would be reichsunmittelbar, or held without any feudal personage other than the Holy Roman Emperor himself having rights on the land. After some time, the family was able to arrange the purchase of the minuscule Herrschaft ("Lordship") of Schellenberg and countship of Vaduz (in 1699 and 1712 respectively) from the Hohenems. Tiny Schellenberg and Vaduz possessed exactly the political status required: no feudal lord other than the Emperor.
Thereby, on January 23, 1719, after purchase had been duly made, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, decreed Vaduz and Schellenberg were united, and raised to the dignity of Fürstentum (principality) with the name "Liechtenstein" in honour of "[his] true servant, Anton Florian of Liechtenstein". It is on this date that Liechtenstein became a sovereign member state of the Holy Roman Empire. As a testament to the pure political expediency of the purchases, the Princes of Liechtenstein did not set foot in their new principality for over 120 years.
Vaduz features an oceanic climate with mild summers and cool winters. Köppen-Geiger climate classification system classifies its climate as Marine West Coast Climate (Cfb). The city experiences a noticeable increase in precipitation during the summer, but in general all twelve months see some precipitation. Vaduz receives, on average, approximately 900 mm (35.43 in) of precipitation per year. Vaduz’s warmest month, July, sees average high temperatures reach 25 °C (77 °F) while average low temperatures are about 14 °C (57 °F). The city’s coldest month, January, sees average highs of 3 °C (37 °F) and average lows of −3 °C (27 °F).
|Climate data for Vaduz (1981-2010)|
|Average high °C (°F)||4.3
|Daily mean °C (°F)||0.7
|Average low °C (°F)||−2.8
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||41
|Average snowfall cm (inches)||14.2
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)||7.3||6.9||9.4||9.6||11.9||12.8||13.2||13.2||9.8||8.3||9.0||8.4||119.8|
|Average snowy days (≥ 1.0 cm)||3.9||3.9||2.1||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.4||3.3||14.8|
|Average relative humidity (%)||75||72||67||65||67||71||72||75||77||76||78||77||73|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||70||91||124||144||166||170||194||177||145||116||68||52||1,516|
|Source: MeteoSwiss |
The most prominent landmark of Vaduz is Vaduz Castle, the home of the reigning prince of Liechtenstein and the Liechtenstein princely family. The castle is visible from almost any location in Vaduz, being perched atop a steep hill in the middle of the city. The Cathedral of St. Florin, Government House and City Hall are also well-known landmarks, displaying the various styles and periods of architecture that the city is known for.
Government Building of Liechtenstein
Overlooking the city from near Vaduz Castle
Vaduz Castle overlooking the city
Town centre (here with Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein)
The National Art Gallery as well as the National Museum are located in Vaduz. The art gallery (Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein) is a museum of modern and contemporary art, also showing displays from the private princely Liechtenstein Collection, the main public display of which is in Vienna. The building is an architectural landmark built by the Swiss architects Morger, Degelo and Kerez. It was completed in November 2000 and forms a “black box” of tinted concrete and black basalt stone. The museum collection is also the national art collection of Liechtenstein. The Liechtenstein National Museum is showing a permanent exhibition on the cultural and natural history of Liechtenstein as well as special exhibitions. There are also the Postage Stamp Museum and a Ski Museum.
- Josef Rheinberger (1839, in Vaduz – 1901), organist and composer
- Carl von In der Maur (1852 in Wiener Neustadt - 1913 in Vaduz), government official
- Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein (1869 in Hollenegg – 1955 in Vaduz) renounced his rights to the succession on 26 February 1923, in favor of his son Franz Joseph II.
- Josef Ospelt (Vaduz 1881 – 1962), first Prime Minister of Liechtenstein from 2 March 1921 to 27 April 1922
- Gilbert von In der Maur (born 1887 in Vaduz - 1959), military officer, leading figure of the Austrian National Socialist Party
- Medea de Novara (Vaduz 1905 – 2001), actress who appeared in Mexican films. She was married to the Mexican film director Miguel Contreras Torres
- Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1906 in Deutschlandsberg – 1989 in Grabs) the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein from 1938 until his death. He was the first ruling prince to live full-time in the principality.
- Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (born 1945 in Zürich) the monarch and head of state of Liechtenstein, lives in Vaduz Castle
- Wolfgang Haas (born 1948 in Vaduz), first archbishop of the Archdiocese of Vaduz
- Marlies Amann-Marxer (born Vaduz 1952), politician who serves as the current Minister of Infrastructure, Environment and Sport in the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
- Adrian Hasler (born Vaduz 1964), politician and the current Prime Minister of Liechtenstein
- Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein (born 1968 in Zürich) regent of Liechtenstein since 2004
- Ruslaan Mumtaz (born Vaduz 1982), Indian Bollywood film and television actor
- Guido Wolf (born Vaduz 1924), former sports shooter. He competed at the 1960 Summer Olympics
- Rainer Hasler (1958 in Vaduz – 2014) footballer who played as a defender, selected by the Liechtenstein Football Association as the country's Golden Player
- Markus Ganahl (born 1975 in Vaduz) retired alpine skier who competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics
- Marina Nigg (born in Vaduz 1984), alpine skier who represented Liechtenstein at the 2010 Winter Olympics
- Mathias Christen (born Vaduz 1987), international footballer who plays for the Liechtensteiner club Triesenberg
- Christina "Tina" Weirather (born Vaduz 1989), World Cup alpine ski racer
- Stephanie Vogt (born Vaduz 1990), retired professional tennis player
- Armando Heeb (born 1990 in Vaduz) footballer
- Sandro Wieser (born 1993 in Vaduz) professional footballer
- Kathinka von Deichmann (born 1994 in Vaduz), tennis player.
Vaduz has a local professional association football club, FC Vaduz which, as the other clubs in Liechtenstein, plays in the Swiss league system. In the 2008–09 season, FC Vaduz became the first Liechtenstein club to play in the Swiss Super League, Switzerland's top flight. The club play at the 8,000-capacity Rheinpark Stadion, which also hosts the Liechtenstein national football team.
Economy and transport
Vaduz has a lively tourist industry, despite being one of the very few capital cities in the world without an airport or railway station – the nearest airport is Zürich Airport, at a distance of 120 km (75 mi), and the closest railway station is Schaan–Vaduz, located around 2 kilometres (1 mile) from the city centre in the town of Schaan. However, very few trains stop here except for a local service between Buchs in Switzerland and Feldkirch in Austria. There are extremely frequent bus connections between nearby mainline railway stations including Buchs, Sargans, and Feldkirch, operated by Liechtenstein Bus.
The school assignment of each child is largely determined by his/her street address.
There are four Kindergarten sites, of the Kindergarten Bartlegrosch, in Vaduz.
Vaduz has two primary schools, Äule Primary School, near the Vaduzer-Saal; and Ebenholz Primary School, near the University of Liechtenstein. Both schools have the same secretariat and administration.
The University of Liechtenstein is in the city.
- List of foundations established in Vaduz
- Rheinpark Stadion
- Schaan-Vaduz railway station
- Vaduz Castle
- Vaduz Cathedral
Notes and references
- (in German) 2016 statistics for Liechtenstein
- Duden Aussprachewörterbuch (in German) (6 ed.). Mannheim: Bibliographisches Institut & F.A. Brockhaus AG. 2006.
- Weatherbase climate summary accessed 12 August 2013.
- "Climate Norm Value Tables". Climate diagrams and normals from Swiss measuring stations. Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss). Retrieved 23 January 2013. The weather station elevation is 457 meters above sea level.
- "Ebenholz Primary School." Commune of Vaduz. Retrieved on May 12, 2016. "Fürst-Franz-Josef-Strasse 38 9490 Vaduz"
- "Kindergarten." Commune of Vaduz. Retrieved on May 12, 2016. "Kindergarten Bartlegrosch Bartlegroschstrasse 31 9490 Vaduz " and "Schwefelstrasse 15 9490 Vaduz" and "Schimmelgasse 13 9490 Vaduz" and "Weiherweg 15 9490 Vaduz"
- "Äule Primary School." Commune of Vaduz. Retrieved on May 12, 2016. "Giessenstr. 11 9490 Vaduz"
- "Weiterführende Schulen Schaan." Commune of Schaan. Retrieved on May 12, 2016. "Realschule Schaan Duxgass 55 9494 Schaan" and "Sportschule Liechtenstein Duxgass 55 9494 Schaan" and "Realschule Vaduz Schulzentrum Mühleholz II 9490 Vaduz" and "Oberschule Vaduz Schulzentrum Mühleholz II 9490 Vaduz"
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