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Füssen: The Town of Neuschwanstein

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Füssen is one of the small towns that I didn’t know existed before my Romantic Road trip. But once I got there, I didn’t want to leave.

Here are the highlights from my two days in Füssen.

Weather Warning: Although it was July, the temperature was between 8 and 15 °C. So, if you are packing for Füssen, be sure to include some sweatshirts or leather jackets.

The Walk Down the River

The town center was a ten-minute walk from my hotel, Ruchti’s. I took an alternative path, and continued along the riverside until reaching to the center.

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Old Town

Füssen’s city center is one of the most authentic places I have visited in Germany. The small town lies on Germany’s southern border with Austria on the river Lech.

After visiting the town hall and Füssen Museum, I grabbed a beer with bratwurst at one of the medieval-themed restaurants.

Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

Neuschwanstein Castle was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle’s construction began in 1869, and it was opened to public in 1886, immediately after the king’s death.

The castle has never been fully completed, however it has taken its place among the symbolic structures of 19th century architecture. Interior design of the castle is particularly interesting, as all halls were elaborately decorated in different styles.

Transportation and Tickets: After arriving to Allgau — between Füssen and Scwangau — the uphill road leading to the castle can be traveled over on foot or with horse-drawn carriage. Detailed information on tickets and transformation can be found on Neuschwanstein Website.

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Near Neuschwanstein, you will see Hohenschwangau Castle. The castle was built by Maximilian II of Bavaria for his son Ludwig II, and it had been his childhood residence. There are joint Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau tours available.

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Alpsee or Alp Lake

From about 100 meters from Neuschwanstein Ticket Office is the amazing Alpsee.

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The pathway around the lake takes about an hour to walk. It is preferred by locals, as well as tourists, for weekend sport activities. There are also kayaking and canoeing options available for water sports enthusiasts.

The Pilgrimage Church of Wies — or Wieskirche

In 1738, local people started to construct the first Wieskirche following a religious miracle -tears seen in the eyes of a woorden figure of Christ in the remote village of Wies. However, in the following years, so many people from surrounding regions came to visit the church that Dominikus Zimmermann, the architect, constructed the second church. Wieskirche was completed in 1754.

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