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Fuessen
Travel Guide

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.

Where to stay in Fuessen

Hotel & Restaurant Ludwigs
Hotel & Restaurant Ludwigs
3 out of 5
Reichenstr. 17, Fuessen, BY
The price is ¥7,595 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in Füssen Old Town, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Mang's Abbey and Forggensee. Fuessen Music Hall and Königliche Kristall-Therme Schwangau ...

3.8/5Good! (527 reviews)
Amazing stay

"Brilliant stay, check in was lovely as the staff were incredibly helpful and welcoming. Room was really nice and modern, clean and simple. Totally worth every penny, and would pay more next time"…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Hotel & Restaurant Ludwigs
Parkhotel Bad Faulenbach
Parkhotel Bad Faulenbach
3.5 out of 5
Fischhausweg 5, Fuessen, BY
The price is ¥12,057 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

Situated in Fuessen, this spa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Lech Fall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hohenschwangau Castle and Forggensee. Fuessen Music Hall and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (172 reviews)

"Very beautiful hotel and very nice stuff. Nice location."…"

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

Parkhotel Bad Faulenbach
Appartementhotel Seespitz
Appartementhotel Seespitz
3.5 out of 5
Pfrontener Strasse 45, Fuessen
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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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (184 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 Dec 28, 2019

Appartementhotel Seespitz
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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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (184 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 Dec 28, 2019

Appartementhotel Seespitz
Haus Gohlke am See
Haus Gohlke am See
3 out of 5
Uferstraße 23, Fuessen

Situated near the boardwalk, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hopfensee, Forggensee, and Fuessen Music Hall. Hohenschwangau Castle and Königliche ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)

"Sehr schöne Wohnung. Blick direkt auf den See und auf Neuschwanstein."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Haus Gohlke am See
FeWo am Hopfensee
FeWo am Hopfensee
3 out of 5
Höhenstraße 49, Fuessen

Situated near the boardwalk, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hopfensee, Forggensee, and Fuessen Music Hall. Hohenschwangau Castle and Königliche ...

4.1/5Very Good! (7 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 Sep 28, 2019

FeWo am Hopfensee
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Jan 1, 2020

Fuessen is a nice little town. Keep in mind that if visiting on a Sunday, no shops will be open.

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Nov 9, 2019

Fuessen is a super cute, small, but authentic Bavarian town. The main shopping street is a joy to walk and shop and so very quaint. Everything closes very early, so start early and get what you need before nightfall.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 27, 2019

Liked the town and was their to see the two castles and the country side.

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Oct 27, 2019

It's so adorable! We loved Fuessen and the surrounding areas. Favorite part of our trip. And best ice cream I've ever had in my life at the Italian ice cream place on the main street. OMG I ate it every day, it was mind-blowingly delicious.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 21, 2019

Beautiful town, would be beautiful with snow on Christmas time too!

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 5, 2019

It was a lovely area. The castles were amazing. I wish I had gotten to spend more time here:

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