Friday, September 19, 2014

Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip: In and Out of Liechtenstein

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section: 
September 19, Saturday – Road between Landeck, Austria, and St. Gallen, Switzerland 
Went through Austrian-Swiss customs at Feldkirch.  From there we drove to Vaduz, Liechtenstein, where we bought stamps and ate lunch.  No trouble through customs.  We drove around Vaduz for a while and then went over to Switzerland.   Drove along Lake Constance and to St. Gallen where we intend to stay for 2 nights.*  Has rained all day long.

According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends stayed at the Hotel Walhalla in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Liechtenstein: Kathedrale St. Florin in Vaduz [August 2008] /
kyselak (Own work) / GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0
I thought it was interesting that Mom visited the tiny country of Liechtenstein.  Following are some images from the capital city of Vaduz.  The Cathedral of St. Florin dates to 1874, while parts of the Schloss Vaduz (castle) date to the 12th century, and parts of the Rote Haus (Red House) have been around since at least 1807.  

The Alte Rheinbrücke (Old Rhine Bridge) is a 135-meter covered wooden bridge, the only one remaining over the Rhine River, that links Vaduz and Sevelen, Switzerland.
It was built in 1901 on the supports of its 1870 predecessor, and was still open to auto traffic in 1953.
Liechtenstein Schloss Vaduz [1 July 2011] / St9191 (Own work) / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Vaduz - Rotehaus [31 March 2014] / Clément Bucco-Lechat (Own work) / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Alte Rheinbrücke / Presse- und Informationsamt, Vaduz / CC-BY-SA-3.0

I also thought it was interesting that Mom mentioned buying stamps in Vaduz, since they have had a Postage Stamp Museum there since 1936.

 Here is a map showing the route from Munich to St. Gallen, the travels for September 18 and 19:

This is the 43rd in a series of posts transcribing entries in my mother's 1953 Europe Trip journal.

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