Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, Füssen in Bavaria is just a short hop into Germany from Austria (5km or 3.1miles). This quaint Bavarian chocolate box town is well worth a visit in itself, although some people may use it just as a lovely base whilst calling on the spectacular Castles of Kings, Nueschwanstein and Hohenschwanstein.
The River Lech
Füssen is located on the banks of the River Lech, which feeds into the man-made Lake of Forggensee.
This attractive lake with mountains as its backdrop, is regularly used for water sports.
The Romantic road
This town is also renowned for being at the end of The Romantic Road (or the beginning depending on which way you are travelling).
The Altstadt (Old Town)
Set up high, looking down over the town is the Hohes Schloss (High Castle).
Within a short distance of the castle you will come across the Füssen Heritage museum, which is located in the former Benedictine Monastery of St Mang.
Whilst almost feeling like you have stepped back in time, you stroll through the romantic cobbled-stone streets of this 700-year-old town and witness some of the most lovingly preserved buildings you’ll ever see.
Attached to a number of these properties throughout Füssen, you’ll notice the ornate wrought iron merchant signs.
These depict either the current business or a previous business that historically occupied the premises.
Although I am not too sure what the sign is for a ‘Lederhosen and Dirndl tailor’ as they certainly seem prevalent in this area. Do the locals wear them or is this just for tourists?
When we visited in mid-September, you could feel that the Autumn temperatures were starting to roll in.
Log fires were being lit and the restaurants were filling up early inside, with the al fresco courtyards becoming deserted.
This made for a lovely welcoming feel, particularly in some of the local bars, of which we found a few.
The Hotel Hirsch, where we stayed, had a particular warmth about it, and has a wonderful selection of local Bavarian delicacies.
Inspired to visit Füssen?
It’s a great town to explore, but also makes a great base to discover Nueschwanstein.
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