Vaduz Castle (Schloss Vaduz) is the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. It's usually closed to the public, However, on August 15, the Liechtenstein National Day, the castle is open and welcomes visitors.
The whole town of Vaduz gathers for a massive celebration at the castle. In the morning, Prince Alois of Liechtenstein and the President of the Parliament give speeches on the lawn next to the castle. The address is followed by a reception in the rose garden at Vaduz Castle. Then the celebration continues downtown. The fair is set up in the pedestrian city center with street vendors and carousels. The culmination of the festival is the fireworks display at 10 pm.
Vaduz Castle is one of the most picturesque in Europe, overlooking the town from a hilltop. The Princely Family of Liechtenstein bought Vaduz Castle in 1712. The previous owners were the Werdenberg-Sargan family. Some parts of the castle were built in the 12th century.
The National Day of Liechtenstein has been celebrated on August 15 since 1940. This day was picked because the Assumption of Mary is celebrated on August 15. Also, Prince Franz Josef II had a birthday on August 16.