Welcome to Füssen, the kings nook of Allgäu, the land of lakes, castles, ruins and mountains!
The highest situated city of bavaria is famous for beeing the cradle of violine-construction. In 1562 the first guild in Europe called ‘Lautenbauerzunft’ was found and also nowadays the building of fiddles and lutes is still cultivated. The closeness from the City to the three palaces ‘Hohes Schloss Füssen’ as well as the royal palaces ‘Neuschwanstein’ and ‘Hohenschwangau’, but also the alpine bracing climate and the award as a ‘Kneipp’ health resort ( this name this name is only given to resorts that offer medicinal baths by Sebastian Kneipp) makes Füssen to a famous holiday resort. Be amazed by the historic center Füssen, stroll through the medieval alleyways or spend time in one of the many sidewalk cafees.
Here, in the southernmost corner of Germany, you can experience pure nature and enjoy the fresh air of the Allgäu. Tourists get to really enjoy themselves at this place: From skiing and sledge sloping, cross-country skiing, running and hiking paths or ice skating in winter, to the point of many water- and sport activities like sufing, bicycling, hiking and nordic walking in summer – the region Allgäu promises its’ tourists pure holiday-fun.
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In 1869, at the 5th of September, the work on the fairy-tale castle began. Then 15 years passed before the castle at the 5th September 1869 finally could be inhabited after a group of a hundred workers was busy building it.
Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II., Neuschwanstein opened its door for the public in 1886. The king who was afraid of crowds built Neuschwanstein to retire hisself from the public – and now his own hideaway became a financial success for the city of Hohenschwangau.
Nowadays Neuschwanstein belongs to the most visited castles and ruins in Europe. About 1,3 million people every year visit the castle of the fairy tale king.
The idyllically situated castle Neuschwanstein is unique. First plannings and arrangements for the construction of Neuschwanstein made King Ludwig II already in 18678/1868.
The history of the castle Hohenschwangau goes far back.
It is first mentioned as ’Castle Schwanstein’ in the 12th centruy, as the residence of the noble people in Schwangau. For the next centuries the owners changed, the castle fell into disrepair, was rebuilt and destroyed again.
In 1832 Crown Prince Maximilian, later King Maximilian II, bought the ruins and had it rebuild from the theater painter Dominik Quaglio in english tudor style, like you can still see the castle Hohenschwangau today. The romantic castle served as a summer residence for the royal family and was the happy nursery of Ludwig II.
Its interior design from the ’Biedermeier’ period is unchanged..
The gothic castle ‘Hohes Schloss’ of the bishops of ’Augsburg’ is located on a hill overlooking the old town of Füssen. The great castle is considered as one of the best preserved medieval castle constructions in Bavaria.
The castle is one of the most important castle constructions in Germany at the end of the gothic period with a picturesque courtyard and unique illusional paintings on the walls.
Besides, the castle ’Hohes Schloss’ contains the branch gallery of the Bavarian State Painting Collections and the Municipal Art Gallery.
The romantic road is one of the best known and most popular holiday routes in Germany. It extends over 366 km from Würzburg to Füssen. Attractions are amongst others are the ’Würzburger’ Residence, the medieval city of ’Rothenburg’, the famous settlement called ’Fuggerei Augsburg’, the romantic place ‘Landsberg am Lech’ with its historic old town and the brawly river Lech, the church called ‘Wieskirche’ (one of the most famous rococo chuches) and the castle ‘Neuschwanstein’ built byKing Ludwig II. The romantic road ends at the feet of the franciscan monastery ( St. Stephen ) in Füssen.
It is almost a secret that the region around Füssen offers one of the most beautiful seascapes in Bavaria. Seven large and also many small lakes make the kings nook Allgäu around Füssen to a paradise for water sport and bathing fans and invite you to ’Lake Hopping’. Today a canoe trip on the Forggensee, tomorrow with a surfboard on the Weissensee, or relax at one of the next few days on a sunny bathing place – every lake can be newly-discovered in different ways. Not only the lakes Hopfensee, Weißensee or Alatsee which are close to the urban area come into consideration.
Füssen is Bavaria’s highest town and offers, thanks to its location of 800 meters above the sea, a pre-alpine bracing climate. The town Füssen itself is an accepted ‘Kneipp’ health resort ( this name is only given to resorts which offer medicinal baths by Sebastian Kneipp). ‘Bad Faulenbach’ is a mineral- and bog health resort as also a ‘Kneipp’ health resort, ‘Hopfen am See’ is an accepted ‘Kneipp’ health resort and moreover a climatic spa. Weißensee is also a climatic spa.
In conclusion this means that in the surrounding of Füssen there are various kinds of healthy water treatments. Above all this means: Füssen is healthy! Already Roman Legions, the kings, princes and abbots knew that and visited the healing sources of Faulenbach over the centuries.
The romantic old town of Füssen with its medieval alleys , the old city wall and many baroque churches invite you to shop and marvel with rich treasures from more than seven hundred years of town history. The imposing benedictine monastery of St. Mang which is located above the shore of the Lech houses the Museum of Füssen, there you can take a look at the magnificently decorated baroque halls or at one of Europe’s finest collections of historical lutes and violins.
It recalls the importance of Füssen as the cradle of european violine-construction and as the buliding center of violins in the 18th century. The former monastery church keep the oldest preserved Fresco in Bavaria in its east crypt (about 980).
Hiking: For many reasons Füssen is one of the stations of the hiking trilogy. Hikers will find trails in three different altitudes and for each degree of difficulty.
Cozy lake laps in the gently rolling meadows and pasture land in the foothills. But also challenges in the mountainous region of the alps in Ammergau, Lechtal and Allgäu. No matter which route you choose – the postcard-motive-view moves along with you.
Cycling: The area around Füssen with its 1500 km long, perfectly-signposted route-network and 65 loop-trials is a paradise for cyclists. Whether with sport - ambitions or rather enjoyable: The pre-alpine landscape offers the right route for every type of cyclist. The 32 kilometres long tour around the idyllic lake ‘Forggensee’ is one of the most famous.
Cross-Country skiing: As a top region for cross-country skiing ADAC recommends Füssen and its surroundings with over 300 kilometres cross-country ski run with all levels. In classic or skating style you can enjoy the local trails or glide in the neighboring towns.
Alone in Füssen, Hopfen am See and Weißensee you will find well preapared cross-ply and skating trails with a total length of 60 kilometres, which are described in more details below:
Allow yourself a special winter sports experience in a breathtaking mountain surrounding!
König Ludwig II choose the most beautiful region of Bavaria for his castle. In the face of the royal palaces a true kingly crystal thermal spring was built.
Experience a royal ambiente as a continuation of the Fairry King´s bathing dreams. The architects of the spring picked up the main themes from King Ludwig´s castles and made it a modern and luxurious highlight.
Fifteen gems garnish the spring according to the doctrine of Hildegard von Bingen. Castle Neuschwanstein is visible from every pool.
Declared as an Unesco World Heritage in the year 1983, the church in Steingaden, called Wieskirch, is one of the most completed works of art of the Bavarian Rococo. More than a million visitors every year come to the pilgrimage church of the flagellated saviour. The church, created by the brothers ’Zimmermann’, is situated only 30 kilometres away from Füssen.