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Füssen im Allgäu, Germany

There is one place where contrasting facets meet: the magic of the monarchy and authentic folklore, wild mountains and gentle hills, a rich culture and imposing natural surroundings. Discover this place for yourself – one of Bavaria‘s finest beauty spots. Füssen awaits you.

In Füssen, Bavarian traditions are still very much a part of people‘s day-to-day lives. Guests from all over the world can experience these customs entirely authentically – for example at an alphorn concert by Lake Hopfensee. The fascinating mountain panorama, the glittering lake and sonorous alphorns – that‘s pure Bavaria. Savour the town‘s special charm while strolling through the streets and taking a look at the shops: that, too, is something that is especially pleasurable in Füssen. Far from the roar of the traffic, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Reichenstrasse (pedestrian area), wander down crooked lanes and discover many a fine souvenir. Culinary delights and authentic beer gardens are all included, of course

Sights in Füssen

  1. Tourist Information at Kaiser-Maximilian-Platz.
  2. The Schrannen platz once served as the town‘s corn market. The late Gothic Corn House is nowadays a popular meeting point with market stands and small catering outlets.
  3. The Franciscan Monastery. The venerable monastery buildings with the Baroque St Stephan’s Church are situated on a small hill above the River Lech from where there is a magnificent view of the medieval town centre. Next to them is the old St Sebastian Cemetery with historical gravestones, parts of which border on the old town wall.
  4. The path along the banks of the River Lech runs upstream to the district of Bad Faulenbach and downstream to Lake Forggensee. During a walk you repeatedly catch sight of fine views of the river, which up to the 19th century was an important traffic and trading route navigated by rafts.
  5. Holy Ghost Hospital – Church (Heilig-Geist-Spital-Kirche). The richly decorated Rococo façade of the Holy Ghost Hospital Church depicts St Florian as a help in preventing fires (the previous Gothic church burnt down in 1733) and St Christopher, who as the patron saint of raftsmen has his appropriate place here on the mighty River Lech.
  6. The High Palace ( Hohes Schloss ) . The former residence of the Augsburg prince bishops, with unique illusionist paintings on the façades of the courtyard, is one of the most important late Gothic castle complexes in southern Germany. It now houses the Town Gallery of Paintings and a branch of the Bavarian State Collections of Paintings, where late Gothic and Renaissance works of art are on display.
  7. St Mang Monastery and Church . The former Benedictine abbey dates back to the 9th century. It was given its present Baroque style by Füssen architect Johann Jakob Herkomer. Today the historical rooms house the municipal authorities and the Füssen Heritage Museum. For 50 years summer chamber music and jazz concerts have been held in the magnificent Prince‘s Hall. The former monastery church and presentday parish church is the largest and most impressive of Füssen‘s baroque churches. The crypt is thought to date back in its architectural history to the times of St Magnus and houses Bavaria’s oldest fresco.
  8. The Füssen Heritage Museum . Archaeological finds and art treasures have provided evidence of 1000 years of monastic history. The splendid Baroque rooms, which include the Prince’s Hall, give some idea of the former monastery’s wealth. The museum also boasts one of the finest collections of historical lutes and violins in Europe. In the Anna Chapel , which can be reached via the museum, is the impressive Death Dance cycle by Jakob Hiebeler (1602), the oldest of its kind in Bavaria.
  9. The area of the presentday Bread Market is thought to have been the origin of the medieval town. Today it is here that the Lute-Makers Fountain recalls the historical importance of Füssen as the “Cradle of Lute- Making” in Europe.
  10. The Reichen strasse, historical patricians‘ houses, huddling side by side, line the main shopping street in the pedestrian precinct, which is identical to the route of the earlier Roman road Via Claudia Augusta.
  11. The Town Fountain at the upper end of the Reichenstrasse shows St Magnus, Füssen‘s patron saint. At the fountain a narrow metal strip has been set into the street paving to recall the ancient Roman route of the Via Claudia Augusta in this area.

The Allgäu – yours to discover

The Allgäu: Bavaria’s most beautiful holiday area. The Füssen region with its 935 miles (about 1500 kilometres) of perfectly signposted routes and 65 circuit paths is regarded as a paradise for cyclists . Whether for those with sporting ambitions or more for pleasure, the foothills of the Alps offer the appropriate route
for every type of cyclist.

Take it easy on a flat walk, sticking to the water’s edge in the heart of some impressive mountain scenery. By following the Lechuferweg trail to the shores of the Forggensee, the Hopfensee Circuit, the Weißensee Circuit and the Lakeside Circuit in the Faulenbach Valley you can discover nature at its most beautiful. The monumental hulk of the Säuling, Füssen’s very own mountain, is never out of sight. Leave the historical centre of Füssen, go through the car-free Faulenbach Valley, pass by Lake Alatsee and then go on uphill to the Salober-Alm (located at an altitude of 1087 metres), where food and drinks are available. Approx. 6–6.5 km one way, a simple hike. Altitude differential approx. 300 m. Duration: approx. 4.5–5.5 hours round trip.

In the Snow

Have your winter fairy-tale come true: wrapped up in cosy blankets, you glide through the glittering, snow-covered landscape in a horsedrawn sleigh. For example at Lake Hopfensee or Lake Bannwaldsee, where you can observe up to 150 deer living in the wild. Winter time in Füssen: magnificently fresh winter air and a crystal clear view of the mountains. The mountain hut tobogganing combination is very popular: climb your way up cleared tails to a warm welcome in a cosy mountain hut, after which you can fly back down the valley on a sled. Twinkling lights, Allgäu arts and crafts, the delicious fragrance of roast apples and punch: Füssen Christmas Market is held on two weekends in December in the festively illuminated monastery courtyard of St Mang, at the heart of Füssen‘s  historical town centre.

Information courtesy of https://www.fuessen.de/

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