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Füssen in Allgäu is an enchanting town in the south of Bavaria, Germany known for the Hohes Schloss and its Basilica and former Benedictine monastery of St Mang. The world famous Neuschwanstein Castle is situated a few kilometres to the east. Some visitors come to tour the castles and leave immediately afterwards leaving the beautiful little town unexplored. This is a great pity as there is much to see in Füssen and the surrounding area if you know what you are looking for! There are magnificent lakes with beautiful views and the "Kalvarienberg" which has the "Stations of the Cross" on it.

Schloss Neuschwanstein near Füssen in 2013

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By train edit

  • 1 Füssen station.    

From Munich, direct trains leave about every two hours and take two hours. There are more frequent connections if you are prepared to change trains somewhere along the way.

From Innsbruck, head to Vils in Tirol (a small town 7 km from Füssen), Ulrichsbrücke-Füssen (the stop before Vils) or Reutte in Tirol. Bus 74 runs from Reutte to Füssen via all these stations. Bus 71 runs from Vils directly to the castles. Innsbruck to Füssen takes about 3 hours.

By car edit

Füssen is on the end of the Romantic Road, coming from Augsburg as Bundesstraße 17 (B 17). From Munich take the Autobahn A 96, leave at Landsberg Ost and follow the B 17. If you come from the north via Autobahn A7, take the last exit before the Austrain border.

By bus edit

Maybe the cheapest way to get there: Many bus tours are operated to Füssen from most parts of southern Bavaria, often including a visit of the fairy-tale castle Neuschwanstein. Watch for tours at Munich main station (Hauptbahnhof).

Get around edit

Map of Füssen

Füssen is small enough that a car is not really needed. There is a bus to the castles and the trains to Munich and Augsburg and the old town is easy enough to access by foot. You can walk to Neuschwanstein and Hochschwangau castles via some marked roads; travel times posted on the signboards are comfortable over-estimates.

There are some great areas nearby, like some of the lesser-known castles, which would be easier to reach with your own car. It is possible to rent a car in Füssen.

Another alternative is to rent a mountain bike. There are numerous shops, one even right at the train station. Füssen has invested a lot into developing a network of bike routes and paths to make biking easier.

Houses and Hohes Schloss (Higher Castle-Formally home to the Prince Bishops of Augsburg) in Füssen

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In the town edit

Füssen has a compact but well-preserved pedestrianized Old Town (Altstadt) that's well worth a wander. The skyline is dominated by the Hohes Schloss (High Castle), the former summer residence of the prince-bishops of Augsburg.

  • The State Gallery in the Hohes Schloss (Staatsgalerie und Städtische Gemäldegalerie im Hohen Schloss)
  • 1 St. Mang's Abbey (Benediktinerkloster St. Mang). Monastery complex dating back to the 9th century. The present Baroque structure was mostly built in the early 1700s.    
    • The Füssen Heritage Museum (Museum der Stadt Füssen)

Outside edit

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from the Bavarian countryside
Hohenschwangau Castle.
  • Schwangau
    • 2 Schloss Neuschwanstein, Neuschwansteinstraße 20 (Bus Nr. 73 or Bus Nr. 78 from Füssen. Horse carriage from Hotel Müller: uphill €6, downhill €3), +49 83 62 - 9 39 88-0, fax: +49 83 62 - 9 39 88-19, . Ticket sale times: Apr-Sep 09:00-17:00, Oct-Mar 10:00-15:00, closed on January 1, Shrove Tuesday, 24 December, 25 Dec, 31 Dec. The most popular of all German castles is only 3 km away from Füssen. The direct inspiration for Disney's Cinderella Castle, this fairy-tale castle is well known worldwide. It's fairly new as far as castles go, being commissioned in 1882, and was built by order of King Ludwig II as a picturesque retreat.

      The castle is extremely popular. Admission is only via guided tour (about 25 minutes), and it's highly advisable to buy tickets online at least a month in advance. If you cannot score tickets online, you can try your luck for same-day tickets at Ticket-Center Hohenschwangau, Alpseestraße 12; tickets typically sell out before noon, and even if you get one, you may need to wait for many hours until your allocated time. Allow time to walk up to the castle (30 min uphill) or take the shuttle bus (€3/3.50 one-way/return). Make sure to sit behind the driver while bussing to the castles. Taking photographs is prohibited inside the castle. To get the picture postcard view of the castle, continue another 15 minutes uphill to Marienbrücke, which is also the drop-off point for the shuttle buses.
      Adults €17.50, children under 18 years €2.50.    
    • 3 Hohenschwangau (Bus Nr. 73 or Bus Nr. 78 from Füssen. Horse carriage from the Ticket-Center: uphill €4, downhill €2.), +49 83 62 - 93 08 30, fax: +49 83 62 - 93 08 320. Ticket sale times: Apr-Sep 09:00-17:30, Oct-Mar 10:00-15:30, closed on 24 Dec. The castle directly across from Ludwig II's fairy-tale castle. This castle served as Ludwig II's home while he was growing up. The ticket office closes half an hour before the castle does. Make sure to sit behind the driver while on the bus to the castles. You must buy the ticket in Ticket-Center Hohenschwangau, Alpseestraße 12. Admission: adults €12, students, seniors (over 65) and groups (15 people or more) €11 per person, children under 18 free. Combination ticket „Königsticket“ for Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle on the same day: €23 or €21 concession.    
  • 4 Linderhof Palace.    
  • 5 Wieskirche. This pilgrimage church is one of the world's great rococo masterpieces, a 10-minute bus ride from Fussen in nearby Steingaden. A work of Dominikus Zimmermann and his brother Johann Baptist, it has been designated a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Two bus trips daily; check at the station or Fussen tourist office for departure times.    
  • 6 Falkenstein. Another castle, this one is a ruin, a short distance from Füssen, near Pfronten. There is a great hotel and restaurant nearby, but driving there is a bit tricky.    
  • 7 Via Claudia. Füssen is on the Via Claudia — the old Roman road from Donauwörth over the alps to Venice. You can travel the Via Claudia (or parts of it) by bike.
  • 8 Lechfall.  

Do edit

  • Visit Castles
  • Visit the Stadtpfarrkirche und former Abbey of St. Mang. The church (the Abbey was founded over 1100 years ago) is known for its very beautiful choir and orchestra Sunday Masses and historic organs
  • Swim in the public lakes: Alpsee, Obersee, Mittlerersee, Alatsee
  • Mountain biking
  • Sauna
  • Sail on the Forgensee
  • Attend The Füssen Festspielhaus to watch a show.
  • Watch ice hockey at the ice hockey arena
  • Dance
  • 1 Tegelberg. A striking mountain massif rising steeply from the foothills, with highest point at 1881m. The Tegelberg is accessible via the mountain railway of the same name . The mountain is a popular destination for mountain hikers, hang gliders, paragliders and skiers. There is a panoramic restaurant next to the mountain station at 1720 m. Even without using the cable car, the Tegelberg can be reached via marked hiking trails.    

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Budget edit

  • 1 Schnitzelhaus Füssen, Reichenstraße 33.
  • 2 Stadt Imbiss Füssen, Reichenstraße 40.
  • 3 Max Ditsch, Drehergasse 42.
  • 4 Thuy Golden Stäbchen, Hintere G. 29.
  • 5 Pizzeria Da Salvatore, Hutergasse 4.
  • 6 Falafel "Green Palmyra" (Foodtruck), Luitpoldstraße 10.
  • 7 Wok In, Reichenstraße 33.

Mid-range edit

  • 8 RIWA Bar & Restaurant Füssen (RIWA Bar & Restaurant Füssen in Hotel Sonne), Prinzregentenplatz 1, +49 8362 9081608, . 12:00-23:00 daily.
  • 9 Bierstube (in Hotel Hirsch), Kaiser-Maximilian-Platz 7, +49 8362-93980. 11:30 - 14:00 and 17:30 - 23:00. The "Bierstube" is a charming, Bavarian restaurant with delicious, regional food and draught beer from Munich. A meeting point for the locals and a must-see for visitors.
  • 10 Nietmann`s Restaurant, Brunnengasse 21.
  • 11 Madame Plüsch, Drehergasse 48.
  • 12 KYŌDAI, Luitpoldstraße 1.
  • 13 Schiffwirtschaft - Biorestaurant & Cocktailbar, Schwangauer Str. 1.
  • 14 Zum Hechten, Ritterstraße 6, +49836291600. At the edge of the Old City, the "Pike", as in the fish, is a lovely old-school cellar restaurant serving up generous portions of Bavarian classics like Spätzle and Leberknödelsuppe. Their speciality is wild game including venison (Hirsch) and wild boar (Wildschwein). Don't miss the enormous Kaiserschmarn for dessert: one portion is plenty for a table of four.

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Drink edit

  • Eisenschmied. Nice atmosphere with some outdoor seating.

Sleep edit

  • Hotel Sonne. A modern, 4-star hotel, directly in the old town of Füssen. About 5 minutes away from Castle Neuschwanstein.
  • 1 Hotel Fantasia, Ottostraße 1, +49 8362 300670, . A 2-star, design hotel, a 1-minute walk from town. About 6 minutes away from Castle Neuschwanstein.
  • Haus Bagci. A very friendly guesthouse a few minutes' walk from town. The rooms are very comfortable and the price is reasonable. There are apartments or double rooms.
  • 2 Hotel Ruchti, Alatseestraße 38, +49 8362 91010, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:30. A smaller, 3-star hotel, minutes away from the old town, but in an area with almost no traffic. They have about 26 rooms and a great restaurant. Great people and great atmosphere and wireless internet.
  • 3 Youth Hostel (Jugendherberge), Mariahilferstraße 5, +49 8362 7754, . Most of the staff are not locals, but Germans from other parts of the country and want to complete their civil service in the area of the Alps, so they can be active in alpine sports.
  • 4 House L.A-City Hostel, Wachsbleiche 2, +49 170 62 48610, fax: +49 8362 38534, . For those on a budget who wish to explore the region or who are looking for a weekend getaway. They offer private rooms for two-to-five people (suite) and are located in Füssen, near Neuschwanstein Castle. From the balcony or terrace you can enjoy the amazing view of the Alps.
  • 5 Gasthof Engel, Hauptstraße 36, Hopferau (in the village of Hopferau), +49 8364 - 312, fax: +49 8364 - 8622, . A small guesthouse with 100 years of family history if you don't mind going 10 minutes by car and be off beaten path. Nice authentic food, clean and affordable rooms, great breakfast. Child and pet friendly.
  • Hotel Hirsch, Kaiser-Maximilian-Platz 7 (3 kilometres from the Schloss Neuschwanstein), +49 8362 93980. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. A traditional and welcoming hotel with modern amenities in the center of Füssen. It is a family-run hotel in the 4th generation with Bavarian à la carte restaurant and beautiful guestrooms.
  • Another option is to drive about 10 minutes via the Schnellstraße or hike about 1-hour along the beautiful wooded "fairy tale" trails that connect Füssen with the nearby Austrian village of Pinswang. There you will find several inns and private homes with guestrooms for travelers.

Go next edit

  • Ehrenberg Castle: Across the border in Tirol, Austria, near the city of Reutte. Very authentic castle, being restored. Just over 20 minutes by car.
  • Be sure to visit nearby Austrian villages of Vils, Pflach, Pinswang and the capital of the Austrian Ausserfern District, Reutte.
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen, next to the highest mountain of Germany, the Zugspitze.
  • Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play that's been performed every 10 years since the 17th century and the murals on the façades of many buildings, is 1 hour 38 minutes to the east by train and about a 45-minute drive.
  • Munich, a large, cosmopolitan city with a beautiful Old City and many great attractions. Munich Central Station is a bit over 2 hours away and the drive is about 1 hour 45 minutes to the east-north-east.
Routes through Füssen
Augsburg  Würzburg   Füssen  END

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