Not a "favorite thing" but a good tip for car rental in and near Füssen...
Don't be mislead by the tourist office, who is quick to give you the minimum amount of information: there are several places to rent cars in and near Füssen. For day trips, I like to use Schlichtling on Kemptenerstraße, not far from the Altstadt (old town). They offer all sorts of rates to suit any day trip, but no one-way journeys. At least one employee there speaks English.
There's also a Europcar pick-up station not far from Lechfall, but you need to arrange for the car to be there in advance because it's not an actual station.
There's also a Budget/National/Alamo station in Schwangau/Horn near the castles. Not sure if they are just a pick-up station or a full-service office, but you can reserve cars there online. (unlike Europcar, who doesn't list Füssen as a pick-up station)
If you want a panoramic view of Füssen, Schwansee and the castles, take a hike up to Kalvarienberg. One way to get up is on Tirolerstrasse. As you walk toward Lechfall you will see a small chapel and stairs on the left. There's a sign there, but it's easy to miss. The walk up takes about 25 minutes and it consists of stairs and rocky trails. When you get to the top, there is a high platform where the crucifix is. The hike is definitely worth it if you'd like a 360 panoramic view of the area.
Here are more photos from Kalvarienberg
I like Fuessen because it's an easy town to explore and, from time to time, turns up little gems like this.
Fondest memory: We were actually lost.......no, let me rephrase that, misplaced, when I heard the unmistakeable sound that every waterfall lover longs to hear, the noise of crashing water and, judging by the crescendo, there was plenty of it yet, though it was obviously nearby, I couldn't see it.
Rosemarie was keen to get back to the hotel as the evening drew to a close and darkness was about to prevail.
No matter, I raced towards the sound and got off a couple of snaps before heading back. I promised myself I would return on an early morning walk.
I'm so pleased I kept that promise. On the old Augustus way you would have passed quite close to the point where today's man made cascades now roar as they descend the river Lech.
When I returned snow had fallen, the sun had broken through the clouds and it was almost picture perfect. The first two pics are some of my favourite pictures of Germany.
The second one features the bust of Maxmillian set in the cliff. Do yourself a favour if you visit here and check it out.
There is an opportunity to move out onto the old palace walls and then climb one of the towers. Should you choose to do that on a winter's day when it's snowing, you'll be glad the wall was covered!
Fondest memory: I should warn those who tend to have vertigo attacks that the stairs are fairly steep and narrow (pic 3) and it was only with some cajouling that I managed to get Rosemarie up the stairs.
There are views over the town (pic 5) though it was pretty much white with lines through it when we were there.
The entrance road gateway is dated 1899 but that refers to restoration rather than the original date of the fort which, through its mixed history, actually started back in Roman times around 2,000 though the remnants of this occupation are scant. Most of what you see dates from the 15th to 19th centuries.
In 1748 and 1749 there was constructed in Fussen a building that, in its own right, is reasonably attractive. However, what makes it one of Fussen's standout attractions is the lueftlmalerein on the front.
I defy anyone to walk down Spitelstrasse and not notice the dramatic confronting colours. From any angle it's a winner.
Fondest memory: It was the last day.....indeed, it was the last hour of my second visit to Fuessen and I determined that I would use the train-waiting time to duck down and see the interior of the Holy Ghost Church.
It was more elaborate than I imagined. Along with the requisite altar-side columns and the usual painting in the middle (pic 2), the church, along with the others in Fuessen, had a lighter atmosphere about it than many other European churches I had visited which was brought about mainly by the bright colours used in the ceiling painting (pic 3).
I also noted that there were balconies where, I assume, those of higher status would be seated above the flock (pic 4).
The High Palace sits proud above the city, flanked on one side by picturesque St. Mang. It is no coincidence. Because of the power of the church, these two have been linked for many centuries. Today we can see much in a state of good preservation and, for 3 euros when I went there, you get to walk some of the old castle walls, view a modest art gallery and look inside the priveleged world of yesteryear in the state museum.
Fondest memory: I'll start with the art gallery and the old walls.
The opening pic is one of my personal favourites, depicting the false oriels set in front of deep snow from an overnight dump. This dates from around 1500.
In the second shot we are in the knights' hall with its elaborate ceiling decorations which is where you enter the upper part of the High Palace.
In the rooms around there is mainly art displayed with the occasional oddity in terms of musical instruments.
Frankly, some of the art works are grisly to put it mildly (pics 3&4).
There's lots of directions you can head in Fuessen, not all of them well trod.
Thus it was that I awoke early one morning and chanced my arm, so to speak, by heading off towards Austria, which only happens to be a kilometre or so up the road.
Fondest memory: For someone unused to snowfalls, treading through the fresh powder from overnight and with some still falling was a novelty. I can understand that if you had to put up with months of it on end you would be overjoyed when spring arrived but, for me, the early spring snow dump was a joy to behold. I hope these pictures reflect that.
Tourist Information: Keiser Maximilian Platz, 1. Ph. 2 38 50, fax 93 85 20.
In summer: in the working day from open from 10.00 till 12.00 and from 14.00 till 18.00, on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 till 12.00.
Telephone code: 083 62.
Official site of the city: Fuessen
One more useful link: Tourism information
In the end of the XIX century Ludwig II constructed his new castle - Neuschwanstein in Hohenschwangau near Fuessen. The railway connected Fuessen and Kaufboiren in 1899. The artificial lake Forggen-see was created as a result of construction of a dam on the Lech.
Now Füssen is a small town in which 16 thousand inhabitants live. Today it is a resort and the center of winter sports. Füssen is at the southern end of the famous Romantic Road and attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world (even from Russia!).
The peace treaty between the kurfurst of Bavaria Maximilian III Joseph and Maria-Theresa was concluded in the Fuessen Castle in 1745. Maximilian III Joseph decided that his father waged war with Austria in harm to Bavaria.
Therefore he concluded the peace treaty in which he refused all the claims on the Austrian inheritance and promised to the spouse of Maria-Theresa his voice at his election as the emperor. Maria-Theresa gave Bavaria all the Bavarian areas occupied by the Austrian armies and refused any compensation. All allied armies left Bavaria.
Near Fuessen there were three fights: between the Austrians and the Frenchmen on September, 13th, 1796 and on July, 11th, 1800. Then - between Tyrolean army and Wurttemberg army - on August, 18th, 1809.
Füssen has long and rich past counting almost two millennia. There was a small Roman castle since III century. In VIII-IX centuries it became the center of Benedictine monastery of St. Mang.
In 1313 the residence of Augsburg kurfursts was placed in the city. They constructed their castle here. Füssen was a trading city in the Middle Ages and in Renaissance. It received popularity owing to violins and lutes made there.
Then Füssen loses its influence and popularity and becomes one of many little towns of Bavaria.
Füssen is located on the banks of the Lech River. Since ancient times this river served as the convenient waterway connecting the Roman Empire with its northern provinces. The "Via Claudia Augusta" - a road passed along its banks in Roman times.
It lead southwards to Rome and northwards to the Roman province called "Castra Augusta" now - Augsburg. The river and its banks are very picturesque.
Water of the river has very unusual turquoise color. Sometimes it reminds more sea water, instead of river water. Located on the high bank of the Lech River Füssen is represented as a fantastic city.
Füssen is situated in the south of Bavaria at the bottom of Ammergebirge and Allgauer Alps. This city is one of the most southern and high-mountainous cities of Germany. From the south the city is covered with mountains.
Foothills of the Alps caused its arrangement at height about 800 meters above the sea level. Füssen is in the district of Ostallgäu and situated only 5 kilometers from the Austrian border. Being near to Austria, this small town is the beginning of the way leading to Tyrol.