Castles, Romance and charming architecture
Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, Füssen in Bavaria is just a short hop into Germany from Austria (5km or 3.1miles).
The town castle
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.
A reference guide
I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Germany road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
Available in Kindle & Paperback editions.
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.
River Lech - after the falls
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 old town - Brotmarkt
This route weaves through the southern provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg and is a delightful way to tour this region of Germany.
Restaurants in the old town
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.
Reichenstraße - The High Street
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.
Rathaus - The townhall
Hospital Church of the Holy Spirit
Attached to a number of these properties throughout Füssen, you’ll notice the ornate wrought iron merchant signs.
Stadt Apotheke - The High Street
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.
Where to Stay
If you’re touring the Romantic Road like us, then here is where to stay in Füssen, at Hotel Hirsch.
It’s in the heart of the old town and plenty of free parking.
There’s a particular warmth about it, you can mix with the locals in the bar and enjoy the tasty 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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