The Liechtenstein Dynasty

The Liechtenstein Dynasty ranks among the oldest European aristocratic families, looking back on an almost 900-year-old family history. In 1136, Hugo von Liechtenstein was the first bearer of this name to be mentioned. He had named himself so after the Liechtenstein Castle, situated south of Vienna. In the centuries to follow, the family was able to expand their holdings considerably by acquisition, primarily in Lower Austria and in the South-Moravian territory. At the end of the 16th century, the three brothers, Karl, Maximilian and Gundakar, initiated a new era in the history of the family. Karl was elevated to the rank of Hereditary Imperial Prince in 1608, while his brothers were raised to the rank of Hereditary Imperial Prince in 1623.


In 1699 and 1712, the properties of Schellenberg and Vaduz were purchased by Prince Johann Adam I. They were raised to the rank of Imperial Principality of Liechtenstein on January 23rd, 1719. In 1938, Prince Franz Josef II (1906-1989) moved his permanent residence to Vaduz. Before, the family had resided in Feldsberg (in today’s Czech Republic) and Vienna.

After the death of Prince Franz Josef II on November 13th, 1989, Prince Hans-Adam II took over the regency of Liechtenstein. On August 15th, 2004, Prince Hans-Adam II entrusted the Hereditary Prince Alois with the exercise of the sovereign rights appertaining to him. Hereditary Prince Alois currently performs both nationally and internationally the duties of Head of State of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

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