ROYAL PALACE - LIECHTENSTEIN
The official residence of Reigning Prince Hans-Adam II and his family - Vaduz Castle - stands on the hill of the Swiss - Austrian Alps overlooking the small Liechtenstein capital . The original building, erected on the site in 14th century, was destroyed during the last Swiss independence in 1499. It was completely rebuilt in 16th century. The palace has belonged to the royal family since 1712, when Prince Johann Adam Andreas of Liechtenstein purchased the County of Vaduz and became the castle's fifth owner. The castle covers a 62-square mile area nestled between Switzerland and Austria. Before it became the official residence of the Liechtenstein royals, Vaduz Castle had served a number of different uses, including an administrative building, a barracks, a prison and a restaurant .