The southern end of Southern Germany's Romantic Road

Füssen guide
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Füssen is the southern terminus of the Romantic Road in the foothills of the Alps with a very picturesque setting on a river.

It has few sights of its own, but it makes a great base for exploring the surrounding area, including the famous Neuschwanstein castle.

The sights of Füssen

If you have time to kill here, stop by the 15th-century Hohe Schloss Castle, once used by the Augsburg prince-bishops as a summer home. The Rittersaal (Knight's Hall) has a carved wood ceiling from the 1400s and is filled with a branch of the Bavarian State Collection of Paintings—a series of late Gothic paintings and sculptures (mostly 15th and 16th century) from across Swabia-Bavaria alongside some 19th century works.

The former Benedictine Abbey of St. Mang across the river is a nice assemblage of baroque architecture that's worth poking around (be on the lookout for the Dance of Death cycle in the Anna Chapel). The monastery cells are now home to the Füssen Heritage Museum, documenting the 1,000-year history of the abbey.

Where to eat in Füssen

For a late dinner in the historic center, head to Zum Schwanen for filling portions of Bavarian and Swabian specialties. Brotmarkt 4; tel. +49-(0)8362/6174.

Where to stay in Füssen

Altstadt Hotel Zum Hechten, Füssen, GermanyAltstadt Hotel Zum Hechten [€] is a family-owned, modernized inn directly below the castle, and a good place to crash if you're too tired to head up to Munich from here. Doubles start at €93. Ritterstrasse 6; tel. +49-(0)8362/916-099; www.hotel-hechten.com. Full Story

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Continuing on the Romantic Road

Füssen marks the south end of the Romantiscehstrasse, so from here you either

  1. Start heading north on the Romantic Road to the Weiskirche (or skip it and go straight to the city of Augsburg)
  2. Take an excursion to see the famous Neuschwanstein castle nearby
  3. Head up to Munich

« Northbound to the Weiskirche || On to Munich »


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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in December 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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