Friday, September 25, 2009

Vaduz Castle, Vaduz. Royal Residence.

The castle is reached by car and then foot, from a lot that is not too far down the road. The area is parkland around, so choose between a path straighter up or down, or the paved switchback road. The royal family still lives here.

Vaduz Castle, Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Fortress elements intact, but open window

Watch for shutter patterns on old fortresses.  They range from waves, to figural, here an X.  Often red and white.

Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein/  Note the old comfort station still showing at the wall, probably replaced by a functioning WC these days

Also watch for chimney pots - creative structures whose purpose is to baffle ashes on the way up from kitchens and stoves, and prevent fires.

From a distance, the castle is imposing, and larger than it appears up the road from the angles visible there. Note the additions toward the front that are not so apparent when you drive and then walk to the looking point.

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