Photographer's Note

Schloss Vaduz (Vaduz castle), which has given name to the capital Vaduz of the country, which is named after the sovereign family living there - Liechtenstein. The family originates from Schloss Liechtenstein in Niederösterreich (Lower Austria).

The castle is situated 120m (394ft) above the town itself and visible from almost everywhere in Vaduz. Its origin goes back to the 12th century and it has been uninhabited from time to time, but since 1939 it's a private residence and not open to visitors.

Vaduz is one of the very few capitals in the world without an airport or a railway station. The closest railway station is in the neighboring town Schaan, which also has a larger population.

Liechtenstein was established as a Fürstentum (principality) on 23 January 1719 and became a sovereign member state of the Holy Roman Empire. But the first visit by a sovereign prince would not occur until 1842, following the Napoleonic Wars.

Liechtenstein is the world’s sixth-smallest nation - yet it's divided into 11 communes.

Scanned from negative film at 800dpi and post-processed in Photoshop CS5.

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