Gutenberg Castle in Balzers
Perched on a hillside in the country's southernmost municipality, Balzers, Gutenberg Castle was built in the High Middle Ages.
The castle stands about 70m above the nearby village, on a hill which has been inhabited since the Neolithic Period. Indeed, many interesting archaeological discoveries have been made near the building, the most significant of which - the 'Mars von Gutenberg' figurine measuring just 12cm - is on display in the Liechtenstein National Museum.
The castle itself may have been built in the 12th century. It was inhabited until the 18th century. After that the building fell into ruin before being rebuilt between 1905 and 1912. Visitors can walk to the castle from the nearby village, and the bailey ('Vorburg') is open throughout the year. Since opening in 2010, the chapel and rose garden welcome visitors from 1 May until 31 October every Sunday between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. A number of cultural events and activities take place at the castle during the summer months.
Opening hours and offers
The bailey is open to visitors free of charge throughout the whole year.
The castle chapel and rose garden are open to visitors free of charge every Sunday from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. between 1 May and 31 October.
Guided tours are available from 1 May until 31 October (by appointment only, at least two weeks in advance).
From 1 May until 31 October, Gutenberg Castle is also available for weddings and cultural events (by appointment only, at least two weeks in advance).