It is once again time to add to my series of photo posts where I took a bunch of photographs, intending to make a blog post out of them, and then never got around to actually writing the post.
On April 24th of this year, I joined two colleagues from our German office for a car ride from Regensburg Germany to Zurich Switzerland to attend some meetings. The gentlemen in the car with me were kind enough to allow me to persuade them to detour very slightly, around lunch-time, into my 28th country visited: Liechtenstein.
The Principality of Liechtenstein is a tiny landlocked country that sits between Austria on the northeast and Switzerland on the southwest. The entire country is roughly 62 square miles in size, with an estimated population of about 37,000 people. That’s one-eleventh the population of Miami, Florida!
The fact that Vaduz wasn’t a very lengthy detour helped me to persuade my colleagues. Also beneficial to my request for a detour is the fact that both of them are fond of a good restaurant. We set out to Vaduz to dine. The choice was between Vaduz and neighboring Schaan, and I pushed for Vaduz. The food at Restaurant Adler was just ok, but the decorations were fascinating.
I preferred Vaduz to Schaan because Vaduz is the capital city. In this case, the city is less than seven square miles in size, with a population of a little more than 5,000 people.
Liechtenstein is a very wealthy city, and while walking through the city center, we saw several banks, a Superdry store, and this Botero sculpture:
Lest you think it was all ritz and culture, there was also this giant Weber grill.
Liechtenstein is also a constitutional monarchy, and the most prominent landmark in Vaduz is Vaduz Castle, home of the current reigning prince. The castle is sitting on a steep hill overlooking Vaduz, and you can see it from just about anywhere in the city.
Here’s a slightly more zoomed photo of Vaduz Castle, taken after lunch and just before we continued our drive into Switzerland.
Have you ever been to Liechtenstein?
Editor’s Note: I’m attempting to blog every day in November with CheerPeppers. I don’t expect to succeed because life be crazy, but any blogging in excess of my previous post-free month is a win, right?