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The town of Füssen is located to the south of the federal state of Bavaria. Further south you already reach the border to Austria. Füssen belongs to the administrative district of Swabia and to the county of Ostallgäu. The town is a well-known climatic spa and winter sports are also very important here. Only until recently, the town was the heart of violin and lute manufacturing, today industry and handcraft are merely a secondary source of income for the town. Füssen is located 800- 120 meters above sea level and as a result of this, it is the highest situated town in Bavaria. There are 11 lakes in the urban area.
The motorway A 7 leads to Füssen and there are 4 lanes leading into the town. However, you can also travel on the main roads B 16, B17 or B310 as they also lead in to the town. The journey by train is possible from both of the large railway stations in Munich and Augsburg which are connected to the long-distance transport. The regional trains will take you into the town. The nearest airport is in Memmingen which is situated a good 75 km away.
4 urban districts belong to the metropolitan area of Füssen. They sub-divide further into neighbourhood districts. The exact borders are rather nebulous because they merge easily into one another. The urban district of Füssen is a Kneipp health resport, Bad Faulenbach is equipped with a mineral and mud spa, the district of Hopfen am See is an air and Kneipp health resort and Weißensee climatic health resort.
The Hohe Schloss „High Castle“ is the landmark of the town of Füssen. It is situated on a hill overlooking the town. It once served the prince-bishops of Augsburg as a summer residence and today it houses the state art gallery and the Städtische Galerie in its rooms. The castle is deemed to be one of the most important profane buildings on a national scale. Created in the late Gothic style, today it is still considered to be one of the most well preserved castle buildings in Bavaria. With the Kloster St. Mang „St. Mang Monastery“ attached to it, the castle can already be spotted from afar. The inner courtyard is considered to be unique because it is covered in illusionistic paintings. You can go and see the wall-walk and the towers. Even the climb to the top of the tower, which is located on the sixth floor, is well worth it. From up here you can look out far above the town.
As well as the buildings that are worth seeing, another highlight of Füssen is the nature. Go take a trip to Lechfall. Here the Lech river has cut through the cliffs. The Lechfall is not artificially formed so that the water level is regulated. It is nature alone that created it, something that is very beautiful. Of course it is also of great importance that the Lech cut its own path through the cliffs because otherwise the pool of water would always be at the flooding limit.
Additional tourist attractions can of course be found in the romantic old town which is endowed with narrow streets and many baroque churches. From Füssen, you have the possibility to take a side trip to Königsschlössern in the surrounding area. The world famous Schloss Neuschwanstein is situated only 3 km away.
In the north wing of the Hohe Schloss there is the branch gallery the Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlung „Bavarian State Painting Collection”. The main exhibition place is in Munich but there are branches in other Bavarian towns which also belong to the museum. Particular exhibits of the Swabian late Gothic paintings can be seen in the permanent exhibition. This exhibition extends over six rooms. In the knight´s hall of the castle is where the contemporary Allgau sculptures are exhibited. Paintings from Jörg Lederer are also included in this. The Städtische Galerie is also located in the Hohe Schloss. The museum sprawls over the first floor. Paintings from the 19th Century “Munich School” are presented here and included in this are some drawings from Count Pocci and many works from local artists .
In the Kloster St. Mang „St. Mang Monastery“ you will now also find a museum. In the sourthern wing of the former Benedictine Monastery, you will find the Museum der Stadt Füssen. It was founded in 1913, the focal point is the building in itself which is considered to be a baroque synthesis of art. A museum tour shows you the state rooms of the monastery, where the medieval cloister is enclosed. An additional theme of the museum is the history of violin making in Füssen.
If you go to Füssen, you should also experience some Bavarian cuisine. A good place to go is the Restaurant im Hotel Hirsch. Here you can sample the Bavarian haute cuisine. The atmosphere speaks for itself and the dishes will definitely win you over. You can try the Allgäuer Käsespatzen for under 10 euros. The oven fresh roast pork with bread dumplings and salad can be purchased for 12.50 euros. In addition to this, the seasonal dishes top off the range of food.
When taking a stroll through the nature in Füssen, you will perhaps work up an appetite. You can find many mountain huts on the hiking trails where you can get something to set you up for the rest of the journey.
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