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    Neuschwanstein

    by globetrott Updated Jan 18, 2016

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    This is what 99,9% of all visitors to Füssen are coming for: Neuschwanstein is one of the very top destinations of Bavaria and even Europe.
    The castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, and shortly after it was finished, King Ludwig II died under strange circumstances.
    He spent just 9 days inside the castle, that was opened to the public already a few days after his death, as the state of Bavaria needed a lot of money to pay the bills for the various castles of King Ludwig.
    Visitors to Neuschwanstein have to take a guided tour !
    Photography is forbidden inside the palace !
    Get your tickets as early in the mroning as possible
    the few tours of every day are sold out mostly by noon !

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    Hohes Schloss Füssen

    by globetrott Updated Jan 18, 2016

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    The origins of Füssen are going back to the Romans, when this place was called "Fauces" that is the latin word for "gorge" and it was an important settlement along the Via Claudia Augusta, that dates back to the year 50.
    The first Roman Castel was built there in the 4th century on the place, where you will find the Burg or Hohes Schloss Fuessen nowadays.
    Nowadays the castle is used for the administration of the village, so you are able to take a look inside the courts during the day.

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    Kloster Mang

    by globetrott Updated Jan 18, 2016

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    This is the Kloster Mang / the former benediktinian monastery Mang, one of the top-sights in Fuessen. The monastery dates back to the medieval times and it was finally rebuilt in Baroque style by the architect Johann Jakob Herkomer (1652–1717).
    The monastery Mang was built close to the castle of Fuessen and you can see the castle-tower in the background of my picture !
    The monastery looks even better from inside, so take a look in my next tip ! The monastery-church will be open for visitors during the daytime. No entrancefee and no problem to take photos there !

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    Heilig - Geist - Kirche

    by globetrott Updated Jan 18, 2016

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    This is the most beautiful church of Fuessen in my personal opinion and it looks very special from INside as well as from OUTside ! The Heilig-Geist-Spitalkirche is just a few meters from the townhall of Fuessen and it dates back to the year 1748. Take a look at its interesting facade and dont hesitate to get inside in order to see its ornate and interesting baroque interior. It was built by Franz Karl Fischer in the years 1748-49.
    The fresco at the ceiling is quite interesting, showing the 4 continents Europe, Asia, Africa and America at each corner. In the centre : the 7 sacraments (see my 4th picture)
    Heilig-Geist-Spitalkirche was built as the church for the hospital and you will be able to enter it freely and without restrictions during the day !

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    The old town of Füssen

    by globetrott Updated Jan 17, 2016

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    Take a walk through the old part of Füssen and you will pass by lots of interesting buildings with unique architecture ! Füssen has just 13.000 inhabitants nowadays but it is the 2nd largest town of the area Ostallgäu. In the very centre of the old town you will find a pedestrian area with lots of cafes and restaurants to relax a bit and enjoy the scenery !

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    Hohenschwangau

    by globetrott Updated Jan 17, 2016

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    Hohenschwangau is in my opinion the more beautiful and more interesting castle and palace than Neuschwanstein, but most of the tourists will never visit it ! Hohenschwangau is the castle, where "mad" King Ludwig II spent his childhood, and he was inspired by the plenty of paintings on the walls inside of Hohenschwangau castle that he became interested in these stories and legends.
    Lateron , when he built his new castles like Neuschwanstein and all the others he got similar paintings there, but much bigger, and he even built grottos into huge buildings, simply to perform a certain scene of a legend with orchestra, singers and actors...

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    remains of the medieval townwall

    by globetrott Updated Jan 17, 2016

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    In Hohes Schloss Füssen you will find some great remains of the former medieval townwall and on a part of it you will even be able to walk, just like the old knights did when defending their hometown in medieval times.

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    Klosterkirche Mang

    by globetrott Updated Jan 17, 2016

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    Dont hesitate to take a look into the ornate church of monastery Mang ! It will take just a few minutes and it will be free of charge and there are no other restrictions except not to disturb a church-service.
    This church is really worth a few minutes in order to enjoy the great paintings and ornaments, when you have some sparetime in Füssen !

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    Kurfuerstliches Schloss

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 6, 2015

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    The construction of the Castle started in 1291 and finished in 1504. The Castle has late Gothic appearance. It was required more than two centuries to finish construction of this Castle at the top of the hill of Schlossberg. The "Hohes Schloß" - once the domicile of the Augsburg Archbishops - stands sentinel above the historic town of Füssen. It’s idyllically situated in the Alpine foothills.

    The "Hohes Schloss" (High Castle) is one of Swabia's largest and best preserved late Gothic castle complexes. One hall of the Castle is used as a concert hall, a collection of late Gothic paintings and sculptures are exposed in other halls.

    You can watch my 5 min 55 sec Video Füssen once again out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Schlossberg

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 6, 2015

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    The history of the city began at the hill of Schlossberg. In III century Romans have chosen this hill for erection of the strengthening. This rocky hill occupies favorable position above the Lech River and by its nature it is as though intended for construction of a fortress or a castle on it.

    As Fuessen is situated on the well-known Emperor August-road from Rome to northern German grounds of the great Roman Empire the construction of the fortress was caused by necessity of protection this road from attacks of barbarians.

    You can watch my 5 min 34 sec Video Füssen out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Linderhof - the inside story

    by iandsmith Updated Oct 9, 2013

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    From my emails:
    "The tours of the palace were only in German (they have to have a minimum of 15 for a specific guide) but they do have excellent and easy to read sheets and you just tack on to the back of a tour.
    The exterior's classical excellence is only exceeded by the baroque and rococo-gone-mad interior. It has been compared to the Palace of Versailles, and Ludwig was a huge admirer of Louis XV, but this is only about one hundredth the size.
    In the quality stakes however, it certainly loses nothing. Not since the Palacio Real in Madrid have I been as impressed with a room as I was here.
    The master bedroom and the dining room (with a still working lift that lowers the dining table beneath the floor so it's out of sight) are masterpieces of design and the effect when all the candles are lit and reflected in the massive mirrors of the dining room is something you can't begin to imagine.
    There are only 8 rooms, the main four forming the points of a cross, while the corner rooms are called closets. Mind you, with walls of pure silk, stunningly framed portraits adorning them and the rococo rolls everywhere, they bore little resemblance to any closet I have ever seen."
    For mine, at times, it bordered on overkill but was nonetheless amazing for that.

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    Enter the castles

    by iandsmith Updated Oct 8, 2013

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    Of course, you've come to Fussen or Schwangau or any of the outlying villages to see Neuschwanstein. If you don't already know, there are several others in the area. My advice, for what it's worth, is to allow time to do more than just visit one. There's a lot more this area has to offer.
    Fate took me to Hohenschwangau first. I alighted from the bus and went to get a ticket for Neuschwanstein. "Sorry, it's closed today." It's a constant source of amazement to me that places such as the Green Vault at Dresden and Neuschwanstein even contemplate shutting. They have a captive audience 365 days of the year and to shut over 50 of them surprises me. Still, governments have their reasons.
    Anyhow, I bought a ticket and chose to walk up to Neuschwanstein first before my tour commenced, English language tours not as frequent as German ones naturally.
    Our guide was rugged up in a long coat with layers beneath while I walked in with just my shirt on after walking for the last hour and a half.
    He looked at me knowingly when I queried that it must be cold in here, though my doubtful tone and look didn't go unnoticed.
    He was a good guide, taking time to explain things clearly and elaborating when asked (usually by me as I have an insatiable curiousity).

    Classic castle shape Hohenschwangau from the Neuschwanstein walk Note swan on top
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    Neuscwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 15, 2013

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    Hohenschwangau was looking good during our visit but Neuschwanstein which is normally magnificent was being renovated and was covered in scaffolding. Work on Neuschwanstein will continue into 2013.

    You can walk to the castles from Fussen in around 40 minutes. It is about 3KM. There is also a bus from Fussen Train Station.

    I've been inside the castles years ago, but not recently. Nowadays I enjoy walking to them and swimming in the lakes near them.

    Entry fee was 12 Euro for each castle for adults. There is also a museum to visit, too.

    There are shops and restaurants next to the castles. Souvenir shops that is.

    My husband in front of Hohenschwangau. Neuschwanstein in the distance not at its best.
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    Walderlebniszentrum (forest experience centre)

    by himalia11 Written Oct 17, 2012

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    The Forest Experience Centre Ziegelwies is found south of Füssen; from Bad Faulenbach it’s a 15-minutes-walk to that place. There’s a nice exhibition which gives information about the forest, bees and ants. Parts of the exhibition are interactive, for example there’s something to smell and you can test how a snow slide is working. And you also can watch real bees in a hive.
    Outside then there are two paths that you can take, the “Auwaldpfad” (lowland forest path) with a lengths of 1,5 km and the “Bergwaldpfad” (mountain forest path) with a length of 1,7 km. They are also building a tree top walk which is supposed to open in spring 2013.
    We took the Auwaldpfad which is close to the Lech river. It’s rather something for kids, but we also enjoyed it. We even tried the slide down from the centre... On the path, you’ll pass a “tree telephone”, then there’s a trunk of a tree for balancing and you can try several different ways on crossing the rivulet like a tree trunk bridge, a plank bridge or a float. Especially that float was nice! You also can do a detour to the Lechfall which is not far away.

    Open Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 16, during school holidays also on week-ends. No admission.

    Walderlebniszentrum - Auwaldpfad Walderlebniszentrum - slide Walderlebniszentrum Walderlebniszentrum - Auwaldpfad
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    City park/ arboretum

    by himalia11 Written Oct 17, 2012

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    The “Baumgarten” (arboretum) is a nice park between the old town of Füssen and Bad Faulenbach, located on a hill. There already used to be a herb garden around 1500, and in the 17th century, there probably was a baroque garden. In 1897, an elevated tank was built to supply Füssen with drinking water. It looks interesting as it’s disguised as ruins! At that time the garden was designed with several paths and various trees, partly forming alleys. If you walk from Füssen to Bad Faulenbach or vice versa, this park is a nice alternative way than following the Lech river.

    Baumgarten Baumgarten - elevated tank Baumgarten - elevated tank
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