Fuessen

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An enchanting town in Bavaria renowned for its grand castle, ancient basilica, beautiful monastery and the stunning scenery that surrounds them.

Only three miles (five kilometers) north of the Austrian border, the tiny town of Füssen is home to just 14,000 inhabitants, yet is blessed with a rich Bavarian culture and heritage. It is located on the banks of the Lech River which flows into the man-made lake, the Forggensee. Füssen is the highest town in Bavaria, at over 2,600 feet (790 meters) above sea level.

In recent decades Füssen has become best known as Germany’s southern end point of the Via Claudia, or Romantic Road, part of a Roman route stretching over the Alps from Venice, linking a long series of picturesque towns and castles. The points on the route were chosen for their fine scenery and cultural attractions.

Walk through the town and you will discover the oldest fresco in Bavaria at the crypt of St. Mang Basilica, dating back to around the year 980. St. Mang’s Feast Day, on September 6, is lovingly commemorated with a Holy Mass and procession through the old town. The town also sits just below the Tegelberg ski area, which is popular not only for winter skiers but also summer hikers. Visitors take a lift to the top and enjoy the view, hiking trails and the small restaurants on the mountains.

Yet much of what makes Füssen so special is what surrounds it. Less than two miles (three kilometers) away from the town you can visit Neuschwanstein, a towering structure renowned across the world. This is famed as the fairytale home of Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria, as well as the castle flown over in the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle is modeled after the Neuschwanstein. You can hike up to the castle, or take a bus to the top of its hillside location.

Take a 30-minute bus ride from Füssen in Steingaden and you’ll discover Wieskirche, a pilgrimage church and one of the world’s foremost Rococo masterpieces, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel a little further to the east to walk the ancient ruins of the castle Falkenstein, near Pfronten.

There's no denying Füssen deserves its coveted spot at the climax of Europe's most scenic route.

Best Western Plus Hotel Fuessen
Best Western Plus Hotel Fuessen
4 out of 5
Augsburger Str 18, Fuessen
The price is €98 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Mang's Abbey and State Gallery in the High Castle. Neuschwanstein Castle and Pilgrimage ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (493 reviews)
"Really nice service and great location. Hotel has a parking garage for a fee."

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Fuessen
Luitpoldpark-Hotel
Luitpoldpark-Hotel
4 out of 5
Bahnhofstr. 1-3, Fuessen, BY
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The price is €118 per night from 4 Nov to 4 Nov
Located in Füssen Old Town, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Forggensee, Fuessen Music Hall and Königliche Kristall-Therme Schwangau. Hohenschwangau Castle ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (791 reviews)
"It's a good location and I liked that breakfast was included."

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

Luitpoldpark-Hotel
Hotel Hirsch
Hotel Hirsch
4 out of 5
Kaiser-Maximilian-Platz 7, Fuessen, BY
The price is €130 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in Füssen Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Fuessen and St. Mang's Abbey. State Gallery in the High Castle and Lech Fall are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (767 reviews)
"Great location and on-site parking."

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2021

Hotel Hirsch
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Appartementhotel Seespitz
Appartementhotel Seespitz
3.5 out of 5
Pfrontener Strasse 45, Fuessen
This family-friendly Fuessen aparthotel is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Weißensee and Falkenstein Castle. Fuessen Music Hall and Forggensee are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (186 reviews)
"This is a beautiful property run by very friendly people. It is expensive, but no more than any other places in the Füssen area. The restaurant is great and affordable, and the games rooms and pool/spa are wonderful. There are many extra touches like free coffee and cookies every day. And the surrounding ..."

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

Appartementhotel Seespitz
FeWo am Hopfensee
FeWo am Hopfensee
3 out of 5
Höhenstraße 49, Fuessen
Situated near the boardwalk, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Hopfensee and within 3 miles (5 km) of Forggensee and Fuessen Music Hall. Museum ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6 reviews)
"The FeWo place is one of those stays that would surprise you both ways. The place is a good value overall. Very modern, spacious and clean. It invites you to stay inside and relax rather than be out most of the day doing the “tourist” stuff. You almost want to brag about it to your friends and family ..."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2019

FeWo am Hopfensee
Haus Gohlke am See
Haus Gohlke am See
3 out of 5
Uferstraße 23, Fuessen
Situated near the boardwalk, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Hopfensee and within 3 miles (5 km) of Forggensee and Fuessen Music Hall. Museum ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (12 reviews)
"Apt 6 has a very nice lake front view, unfortunately the day we checked in, one of the sliding window facing the lake was broken with a notice taped on the glass. The window shutter was not working either which we contacted Kimberly via WhatsApp. She said she will come to change the batteries next ..."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2021

Haus Gohlke am See
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