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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?"Where in Füssen can I buy fresh rolls in the morning or get a nice breakfast with coffee?" (posted 05/31/2014)
Are there any cultural highlights, museums?"I'm very interested in the history and culture of Füssen. Are there any cultural highlights or museums in Füssen that you can recommend?" (posted 06/07/2014)
Ideas for 2-3 activities and daytrips?
Good restaurants for dinner?"Can you recommend me 2-3 good local restaurants in Füssen where I can get a nice and tasty dinner?" (posted 06/01/2014)
Typical tourist activities or places that one should NOT do, as they are not worthwhile doing.
Things can do to make it a fun and memorable evening?
How to get around and find best means of local transportation?"I´ll stay at Forgensee (Hopfen am See), how far is it to Fussen Downtown?) May I go walking??" (posted 05/02/2014)
Where to find good quality groceries?"We're looking for a place to have breakfast in the Schwangau/Fussen area. The place we're staying does not offer breakfast. We also would like to purchase food for lunch, as we will be traveling afterwards. Any help would be appreciated!" (posted 07/13/2017)
Are there any special local events?"Are there any special local or traditional events in Füssen that one should visit? When are those happening?" (posted 07/01/2014)
Are there any local food specialties one should try out?"Where in Fussen or nearby would I find a store that sold canned liverwurst? Do you have the name and address of such a store?" (posted 04/07/2014)
What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?"We are 4 seniors traveling, so my question is this: is it possible to have a day tour that covers Ludwig's castle and some of Austria? We only have one and a half days in Fuessen so wish to see as much as possible." (posted 04/16/2014)
Is there a good local deli or restaurant with lunch menu?"Is there a good local deli or restaurant in Füssen where they serve a good lunch?" (posted 05/31/2014)
Are there any points of interest or local attractions?"Are there any special points of interests or local attractions in Füssen that you can recommend that are worthwhile visiting?" (posted 06/12/2014)
What are good places to go for shopping?"My family is traveling from Innsbruck to Neuenschwanstein Castle on 6 September 2015. I understand most shops are closed on Sunday. I would like to know where in Fussen I can buy food for a picnic lunch before we visit the castles." (posted 07/19/2015)
Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?"I'm looking for an activity or camp for my 15 year old daughter from June 27 to July 2 in, or around, Fussen while I attend a training course there. She is an avid horseback rider - eventing and dressage, a groom. She also plays volleyball, basketball and other sports. She could also spend time in cultural or German language activities. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated." (posted 03/28/2014)
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Popular Points of Interest in and near Füssen
The "Hohes Schloss" (High Castle)
Hohes Schloss(High Castle), the former summer residence of the prince bishops of Augsburg and one of Bavaria's largest and best preserved late Gothic castle complexes, is Füssen's landmark. Today the castle houses a branch gallery of the Bavarian State Collections of Paintings, which focuses on late Gothic and Renaissance works of art. has a spectacular 16th-century Rittersaal (Knights' Hall) with a carved ceiling, and a princes' chamber with a Gothic tile stove.
Hours: Apr.-Oct., Tues.-Sun. 11-4; Nov.-Mar., Tues.-Sun. 2-4
Admission: 2.5 €
The Füssen Heritage Museum/Benedictine Monastery of St Mang
The Füssen Heritage Museum is situated in the south-west wing of the former Benedictine Monastery of St Mang, which was built under the architect Johann Jakob Herkomer from early 18th century Venetian examples.The former cells of the Benedictine monks house valuable works of art and archaeological finds from the over 1000-year history of this former abbey, which was not only the spiritual center but also the focal point of government and culture in the Füssen area. The medieval cloister that was uncovered below the baroque corridors also provide an insight into the medieval epoch of the history of the Monastery of St Mang. One of the finest collections in Europe of historical lutes and violins recalls Füssen’s importance as the cradle of the commercial manufacture of lutes in Europe.
One of the museum’s highlights is the monastery’s magnificently decorated baroque halls: the Prince’s Hall, created under the architect Andrea Maini; the library and the refectory beneath it with sculptures by Anton Sturm; the domed Colloquium with frescoes by the Kempten court painter Franz Georg Hermann; the Chapter Hall with the only extant oil paintings by Paul Zeiller, which depict the Benedictine daily saints. In the Anna Chapel, converted into baroque style under Herkomer, the Füssen Dance of Death by Jakob Hiebeler (1602) can be viewed, the oldest Dance of Death cycle still preserved in Bavaria.
Hours: Open April - October, Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 6pm.
Admission: 3 €
[ source: Wikipedia ]
St. Mang's Abbey, Füssen
St. Mang's Abbey, Füssen or Füssen Abbey (German: Kloster Sankt Mang Füssen) was a Benedictine monastery in Füssen in Bavaria, Germany.
On 11 December 1802, during the secularisation that followed the Napoleonic Wars and the Peace of Lunéville, the princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein were awarded possession of St. Mang. On 15 January 1803 Princess Wilhelmine ordered Abbot Aemilian Hafner to dissolve the abbey and vacate the premises by 1 March of that year.
The contents of the library were shipped off to the new owners down the Lech on rafts. Most of the items are now in the library of the University of Augsburg, except for a small collection of especially valuable manuscripts, which are in the Augsburg Diocesan Archives.
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Travel Insider Tips for Füssen
Füssen is an enchanting town—at 808 meters the highest in Bavaria—and offers numerous cultural and natural attractions. The world famous Neuschwanstein castle is nearby, and opportunities for hiking and skiing are everywhere. Besides touring the town’s late Gothic “High Castle” (Hohes Schloss), you should also consider visiting the Wieskirche: a pilgrimage church whose baroque art and architecture have earned it the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Some visitors come to tour the castles and leave immediately afterwards leaving the beautiful little town unexplored.This is a great pity as there is much to see in Füssen and the surrounding area if you know what you are looking for! There are magnificent lakes with beautiful views and the
Kalvarienberg which has the
Stations of the Cross on it.
There are many connections to Füssen from Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) and vice versa. Direct trains leave about every two hours. Other options require a change of trains along the way in another city.
Füssen is on the end of the Romantic Road, coming from Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide) as Bundesstrasse 17 (B 17). From Munich take the Autobahn A 96, leave at Landsberg Ost and follow the B 17. By bus: Maybe the cheapest way to get there: Many bus tours are operated to Füssen from most parts of southern Bavaria, often including a visit of the fairy-tale castle Neuschwanstein. Watch for tours at Munich main station (Hauptbahnhof).
Füssen is small enough that a car is not really needed. There is a bus to the castles and the trains to Munich and Augsburg and the old town is easy enough to access by foot. You can walk to Neuschwanstein and Hochschwangau castles via some marked roads; travel times posted on the signboards are comfortable over-estimates.
There are some great areas nearby, like some of the lesser-known castles, which would be easier to reach with your own car. It is possible to rent a car in Füssen.
Another alternative is to rent a mountain bike. There are numerous shops, one even right at the train station. Füssen has invested a lot into developing a network of bike routes and paths to make biking easier.
Things to See in Füssen:
- Schloß Neuschwanstein, Neuschwansteinstr. 20 (Bus Nr. 73 or Bus Nr. 78 from Füssen), ? +49 - (0) 83 62 - 9 39 88-0 (email@example.com, fax: +49 - (0) 83 62 - 9 39 88-19), . Hours of operation: April - September: 9 am - 6 pm, October - March: 10 am - 4 pm. Closed on January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24, December 25, December 31. The mother of all German castles is only 3 kilometers from Füssen. This fairy-tale castle is known worldwide. The ticket office closes an hour before the castle does. Make sure to sit behind the driver while bussing to the castles.
- Hohenschwangau, Alpseestrasse 12 (Bus Nr. 73 or Bus Nr. 78 from Füssen), ? +49 (0) 83 62 - 93 08 30 (fax: +49 (0) 83 62 - 93 08 320), . Hours of operation: April - September: 9 am - 6 pm, October - March: 10 am - 4 pm. Closed on December 24. The castle directly across from Ludwig II's fairy-tale castle. This castle served as Ludwig II's home while he was growing up. The ticket office closes half-an-hour before the castle does. Make sure to sit behind the driver while bussing to the castles.
- Wieskirche - This pilgrimage church is one of the world's great rococo masterpieces, located only a ten-minute bus ride from Fussen in nearby Steingaden (Steingaden vacation rentals | Steingaden travel guide). A work of Dominikus Zimmermann and his brother Johann Baptist, it has been designated a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Two bus trips daily; check at the station or Fussen tourist bureau for departure times.
- Falkenstein - Another castle, this one is a ruin, a short distance from Füssen, near Pfronten (Pfronten vacation rentals | Pfronten travel guide). There is a great hotel and restaurant nearby, but driving there is a bit tricky.
- Via Claudia - Füssen is on the Via Claudia — the old roman road from Donauwörth (Donauwörth vacation rentals | Donauwörth travel guide) over the alps to Venice. You can travel the Via Claudia (or parts of) it by bike.
- Tegelberg - A ski area, but in the summer you can take the lift to the top. Enjoy the view, hike some trails and stop by one of the little restaurants.
Things to Do:
- Visit Castles
- Visit the Stadtpfarrkirche und former Abbey of St. Mang. The church (the Abbey was founded over 1100 years ago) is known for its very beautiful choir and orchestra Sunday Masses and historic organs
- Swim in the public lakes: Alpsee, Obersee, Mittlerersee, Alatsee
- Mountain Biking
- Sail on the Forgensee
- Attend The Füssen Festspielhaus to watch a show.
- Watch hockey at the Bundesleistungszentrum
[ source: Wikitravel ]
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Füssen is the southern terminal of the famous Romantic Road, nestling in its alpine landscape and close to the famous castles at Schwangau. Since many people prefer to travel the trail from north to south, Füssen is probably the place that they will spend some time relaxing after their travels - find out more about Füssen and the Romantic Road.
More about the History of Füssen
Füssen dates back to the Roman times. The town developed in the North of Italy to Augsburg's leading Roman road Via Claudia Augusta. Results from excavations at the castle Füssener found a Roman fort from the fifth century.
From 1486 to 1505 the prince bishops of Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide) built the High Castle on the medieval city. The castle was later the summer residence of the spiritual masters
Today, the region around the foot a tourist center, is known as Königswinkel. Nearby are the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau (Hohenschwangau vacation rentals | Hohenschwangau travel guide).
Füssen is an enchanting town—at 808 meters the highest town in Bavaria—and offers numerous cultural and natural attractions. The world famous Neuschwanstein castle is nearby, and opportunities for hiking and skiing are everywhere. Besides touring the town’s late Gothic “High Castle” (Hohes Schloss), you should also consider visiting the Wieskirche, a Baroque pilgrimage church which is honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some visitors come to tour the castles and leave immediately afterward leaving Füssen unexplored. This is a great pity as there is much to see in Füssen and the surrounding area if you know what you are looking for! There are magnificent lakes with beautiful views and Hohenschwangau Castle, where King Ludwig II grew up.
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