Füssen Travel Guide

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    View from Ludwigs castle.
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Füssen Highlights

  • Pro
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     Neuschwanstein, Hohenshwangau, High Palace, St. Mang, Lechfall 

  • Con
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     Lots of tourists 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great home base for southern Bavaria and close to castles. 

Füssen Things to Do

  • Linderhof - the inside story

    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...

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  • Enter the castles

    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...

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  • Neuscwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles

    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...

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  • Walderlebniszentrum (forest experience...

    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...

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  • City park/ arboretum

    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!...

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  • Weißensee

    Weißensee is a lake near Füssen and also the name of a village that belongs to Füssen. We only did a short visit of the lake and found some free parking spaces outside of Oberkirch at the street. From there it’s just a short way down to the lake. There’s a hiking path of about 6km around the lake which seems nice. And for warm summer days, there’s...

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  • Bad Faulenbach & Lech waterfall

    Bad Faulenbach is a small spa village that is part of Füssen. The village is located in a valley and you can walk to it from the old town of Füssen in about 15 minutes. In Bad Faulenbach, there’s a “park of the senses” and you have several smaller lakes nearby where you can walk around. Also, the Lechfall is close by – that’s an artificial...

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  • Kalvarienberg

    The Kalvarienberg is a hill opposite of the old town, on the other side of the Lech river. But it’s more than that: Actually the Kalvarienberg (Calvary in English) is the place where Jesus was crucified (mostly called Golgotha), but the name Kalvarienberg is also used for sculptures representing the crucification, usually on a hill. So that’s what...

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  • Town wall

    The first town wall was built in the 13th century when Füssen received its official status as a city. Several gate towers were added in 1330, and later in the early 15th century it also got a battlement parapet with gabled roofs. After 1812 then, many parts of the town wall got dismantled and all three main gates don’t exist anymore. At least parts...

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Füssen Restaurants

  • Gasthof Krone: medieval and awesome

    This place was awesome, and fun! They adorn you with a big bib when you sit down at your table. It is encouraged that you eat with your fingers and a dagger, but they provide silverware for those who don't wish to be quite so barbaric. They provide menus auf English if you ask, which is nice. Even if you speak broken German, there are so many...

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  • Amazing mixed grill!

    Having wandered around Fuessen for a while looking for somewhere different to eat, we decided to try Ludwigs. I had read an awful review on another site, but the rest were more positive so we decided to give it a go!There were plenty of people eating outside in the street, but we opted for an inside table upstairs in their restaurant. This was...

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  • The best strudel.....

    This restaurant is part of the Hotel Altstadt Zum Hechten but it is also open to the general public. so even if you don't stay in the hotel, be sure to give the restaurant a try. I ordered one of my favourites, Jaeger schnitzel and it was good and hearty with a lovely thick gravy. The best was yet to come however, the apple strudel was the best I...

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  • Lunch doesn't come cheaper than this....

    If you come out of the main door of the train station and turn left, you will head up the street towards the shopping area of Fuessen. In the first block from the station on the left, you will find a snack/sandwich/lunch bar. (Sorry, I don't know what they are called in Germany, in Australia we would call it a snack bar or a take-away.) Here I had...

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  • Great food, great staff, great mead!

    Best restaurant in Fuessen, hands down. It is done in a medieval style, complete with stocks outside, and knights armour everywhere! The rule of house is that you eat with your fingers and a dagger, and a bib is placed around your neck when you place your orders! You can order spirits, which are poured into your mouth straight from the barrel by...

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  • Some of the biggest ice creams ever!

    Great place, can sit outside or inside, huge ice creams, some alcoholic, funny ice creams for kids too! Any of the ice creams! Or the Eiskaffee!!!

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Füssen Transportation

  • Reliable German Trains

    Guide books recommend taking a guided tour from Munich to the castle unless you are feeling adventurous. Tours are available via bus and train. Our late start elimitated the possibility of the tour option, so we took the adventurous route.Taking the train to Fussen was easy and scenic. When we arrived at the train station, we picked up a schedule...

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  • Discount weekend tickets

    Deutschebahn has a happy weekend ticket for 30 euros that will allow a group of 5 to travel on IRE, RE, RB, and S-bahn trains unlimitedly from noon to 3am Saturdays and Sundays. It is now much more expensive than I remember but its an idea to consider if you are more than a couple traveling on the weekends.

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  • Local bus service.....

    Fuessen is a great place to use as a hub. There are so many attractions and interesting places to visit in close proximity. To access many of these such as Linderhof, Oberammergau, Garmisch and Staiden to name a few, there is the local bus service. The Busbahnhof is right outside the Hbf. This is also where you can catch a bus to Neuschwanstein and...

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Füssen Shopping

  • Shopping Paradise

    Reichenstr is pedestrian paradise. The varied stores, such as souvenir shops, accessories stores, and ladies' wears, stand in a row closely. And the price was also fairly cheap compared with other towns. The cause of this reason,in the weekend,it is full by the German for the purpose of shopping[ other than a tourist ] . It is a passage also with...

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  • Paper shops

    Mike was in his origami stage and needed more paper. So with nearly an hour to kill before the train back to Muenchen we were off to find some. Little did we know what an adventure it would become. When we finally found the shop we thought would have it we couldnt find the right paper. So Mike went to ask. Trouble was he only spoke English. The...

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Füssen Local Customs

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    Fuessen - Karl Leonhardt

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    Füssen was famous as the cradle of the commercial manufacture of lutes in Europe. Here in the town on the River Lech the first European lute-makers’ guild was founded in the 16th century, and up into the XIXth century the town produced renowned violin-makers.

    In addition to the lutes and violins from the XVIIth to XIXth centuries, the Munich master violin-maker Karl Leonhardt donated the equipment of his workshop which documents the various stages in the production process of a violin. There is a monument to him on one of the town’s square

    The area of the present-day Bread Market is thought to have been the origin of the medieval town. Today it is here that the Lute-Makers Fountain recalls the historical importance of Füssen as the "Cradle of Lute-Making“ in Europe.

    One of the finest collections in Europe of historical lutes and violins are exhibited in the Füssen Municipal Museum.

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Füssen Warnings and Dangers

  • The Look-out Point

    The look-out point can be very deadly if not precautious. There is no guard rail, nor fencing. Hold on to small children and watch your footing. Do NOT go very close to the edge. It is very dangerous. It is a sheer drop over the cliff. It is very beautiful to look from, but if not careful, it will be the last thing that you see.

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  • Pickpockets in and around...

    Pickpockets in and around Munich train station, we were told by two young Canadians on the train to Fussen, that one of them lost all the money and credit cards, she thought she forgot to zip up her fanny pack after she took out money to buy tickets, but that zipper won't stop the pickpockets, and with their giant backpacks and both hands full of...

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Füssen Tourist Traps

  • Gone tourist in the Extreme

    I'm lucky enough to have visited this part of Germany since the early sixties. One of the real pleasures was visiting the village of Schwangau and the castles of Hohnschwangau & Neuschwanstein. What a change has taken place over the years. This year was my first trip back to this village since 1985 and what a rip-off; I didn’t recognise the place....

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  • Shop Around at Neuschwanstein

    Not really a trap, and probably quite common in touristy areas. Most of the shops in the town of Hohenschwangau sell similar things and can be differnt prices. If you find something you'd like to buy, take note of the shop, then check around the other stores. There are quite a few shops along the street, and most have similar wares, but prices...

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  • In searching of panorama view

    Beautiful views on turquoise waters of the Lech river and roofs of medieval Fuessen should open from the hill of Schlossberg I guess. Unfortunately, high walls of fortifications of the Castle do not allow admiring a panorama of the city from above. At least, we have not found such viewing platform, whence it would be possible to photograph a...

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Füssen Off The Beaten Path

  • Alpsee

    Different times of the year will yield different results for your walk. It was fairly slushy at times during our stroll and the spring vegetation hadn't yet sprung forth.As with most walks of this type, the scenery is constantly changing. The varying angle will make what you saw a minute ago seem completely different and offer different photo...

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  • Power to the people

    I had wondered the previous year what this building was all about but really had so much else on my mind that I forgot about it. This time I pursued the matter further. What was this white structure over the river?It turns out that it is a hydro-electric power station and it only started working in 2007, so I had seen it just before it actually...

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  • Der Alpsee I see

    In a way it's not really an "Off the beaten path" activity as there is a well trod path around this small lake at the base of the alps. It's just that compared to Neuschwanstein and Hohenswhangau, the number of tourists is a trickle.I had wanted to walk around it on my previous trip but ran out of time and was uncertain just how long it would take....

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Füssen Favorites

  • Car rental options

    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...

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  • Panoramic views in Füssen

    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...

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  • Lechfall

    I like Fuessen because it's an easy town to explore and, from time to time, turns up little gems like this. 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...

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