If you follow our blog and our Instagram account, you would know by now that we absolutely love Germany. So, for my birthday in February, we decided to go back to Germany and explore the little town of Füssen in Bavaria. The quaint little Bavarian town is located 100 km southwest of Munich. The town is next to the Austrian border and is famous for violin making and the many ski slopes around it. We were there for just a weekend and we absolutely loved our time. Most of the people head straight to the castle overlooking the pretty town. If you have time, don’t forget to explore this beautiful fairytale town. Keep on reading to find out things to do in Fussen, Germany.
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle & Hohenschwangau Castle:
One of the most beautiful castles in the region, Neuschwanstein Castle is just 4 km from the town of Füssen and Hohenschwangau castle is quite close to this castle. The Walt Disney castle has been inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle. Bus no. 73 from Füssen goes towards Tegelberg via Hohenschwangau. The bus stop is located right next to the train station. The ticket prices are 4.50 Euros return per person. You can also take a taxi from the train station which would set you back by 10 Euros.
From Hohenschwangau village, it takes about 30 mins of an uphill walk to reach the Neuschwanstein castle. Or you can give yourself a break by taking one of the charming horse-drawn carriages for 6 Euros per person. Remember to get your tickets for the castle from the ticket office located at the start of the hike. There are no ticket offices near the castle above. The views of the castle from the many viewpoints are absolutely breathtaking and completely worth the hike.
Take the shuttle bus if you don’t fancy walking. The shuttle can take you directly to the castle or to the viewing bridge near the castle.
Mary’s bridge is a vantage point from you see the castle in all its glory. However, access to the bridge during winter keeps changing so do check the official website.
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Take the cable car to Mount Tegelberg:
Unfortunately, we could not go to Mount Tegelberg because of bad weather conditions but you can combine a visit to the castles and Tegelberg mountains in one day. Take the cable car to the top of Tegelberg to enjoy the stunning views of Füssen and Forggensee lake. The ticket prices are 22 Euros return per person. There is also a Toboggan run which you can go on, you will need to buy tickets for these as well. The cable car provides you with stunning views of the castle. Check out the webcam feeds from Tegelberg here.
Lech waterfall is a step waterfall just at 15 mins walk from the town. The place is perfect for photography. The water is chalk blue-green in color. There is a small footbridge over the river from where you can take in the views of the falls. It is said that the Lech gorge was formed by the melting of a glacier. The Austrian border is just 10 minute walk from the falls.
Lech fall is quite close to the old town of Füssen.
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Alstadt Von Füssen – Explore the Old Town of Füssen
The old town of Füssen (German: Alstad Von Füssen) is very pretty and can be explored on foot. The old town of Füssen is dotted with Gothic houses, souvenir shops, and cute little cafes. We stayed in the old town and had a fun time exploring the place. The place is definitely a photographer’s paradise. Here are some of the places in the old town that are a must-visit:-
- St. Mang’s Abbey
- Museum of Füssen
- St. Mang’s Basilica
- High Castle of Füssen
Boat Ride in Lake Forggensee during Summer
Forggensee happens to be one of the most beautiful lakes in this region. If you are here during summer then we would recommend you to go for a boat ride, you will definitely enjoy the view of the castles. It is an artificial lake that was created after the war when the dam was built.
Visit the longest suspension bridge in the world. Highline179 is located near Reutte on the Bavarian-Austrian Border above the Ehrenburg castle and connects the Ehrenberg ruins with Fort Claudia.
Do check the timings and how to reach their official site – https://www.highline179.tirol/en
Explore the nearby Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Don’t miss exploring the beautiful little Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From here you can go to Zugspitze which happens to be Germany’s highest peak. Zugspitze is one of the most popular ski destinations in Europe.
BEST PLACES TO STAY
It’s a small town so you can cover everything in a day but in case you are planning to stay overnight. You can find hotels on Booking.com . We stayed in the old town of Füssen just 10 minutes from the station. Here are a few suggestions for your stay.
HOW TO REACH
The nearest airport to Füssen is Memmingen (FMM) ( 57.66 Km).
Other nearby airports are Innsbruck Airport (INN) (59.68 Km ) and Munich Airport ( 118.88Km). You can take a train to Füssen from the Munich airport itself. Füssen is an hour-long train ride from München Hbf (Munich’s central station). Trains leave hourly and don’t require a reservation. The ticket prices are 14 Euros per person. If you plan to visit other places in the Bavarian region then do not forget to check the Bayern Pass.
The ‘Konigsschlosser’ ticket, which includes admission to Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, and Herrenchiemsee is a good value at around €24.
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