Although Füssen is most famous for the world-renowned Neuschwanstein Castle, this Bavarian town is perfect for travelers hoping to explore a small traditional German village. Once the place of violin artisans, the spot is now an enchanting destination for travelers in search of European charm. Learn about this destination’s rich history as home to Bavaria’s illustrious and powerful royalty, traces of which are found in the city’s castles and museums. Enjoy the surrounding areas, including picturesque lakes and the stunning nearby mountains. Follow the Romantic Road and the Via Claudia trade route, and see a side of German lifestyle that is anchored deeply to its roots.
Location: Explore the Romantic Road
Just five kilometers to the north of the German border with Austria, Füssen is a small city in the south of Bavaria. The city is easily accessed by train or bus from Munich, but is also reached along the Romantic Road, a scenic holiday route that connects several popular towns in Southern Germany.
Business: From violins to tourism
During the 16th-century, the village was Germany’s violin-making capital. Today, tourism is a booming industry with thousands of travelers coming every year to explore the town’s traditional castles and other main attractions. As this industry has developed, accommodation options have also continued to increase, ranging from budget to luxurious.
Culture: Fairy-tale castles and churches
One of Germany’s—and the world’s—most famous castles is located just a few kilometers from Füssen. Neuschwanstein Castle can be reached by bus, or for the energetic type, a 30-minute uphill climb. This gorgeous vision of traditional German architecture is one of the village’s premier attractions. Be sure to enjoy the castle surroundings and bridge–they are free. Even though photography is prohibited inside, the magical interior of the castle is worth the ticket price. Not as famous as Neuschwanstein Castle, the Hohenschwangau Castle is just as enchanting and popular with travelers. The town boasts several churches, including Wieskirche, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Abbey of St. Mang, which holds performances by the choir and orchestra during Sunday mass.
Activities: Explore the gorgeous scenery
Aside from the traditional castles and churches, this town is home to a stunning string of lakes. Not only are these natural beauties a treat to view, most are available for public swimming, the perfect tonic on warm afternoons. Use the Tegelbergbahn cable car to explore the mountains, and take in exquisite views of the Alps. Learn more about the local history at the Museum Füssen, including its history as the violin-making center of the region. The town’s historical center may be small, but travelers will enjoy getting lost in the intricate lanes. Located just above the center is the Hohes Schloss, the Gothic High Castle considered one of the most well conserved castles in Bavaria. Within the castle is an impressive collection of regional artwork.