I fell in love with the quaintness of Füssen, a small Bavarian town located at the end (or beginning) of the so called Romantic Road in Germany. The town’s colourful pastel buildings give it an undeniable fairytale feeling. From the moment I stepped onto its cobblestone streets, I fell head over heels in love with Füssen. It might very well become one of my favourite towns in Germany.
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What To See
The tiny centre of this 700-year-old town is truly a delight to stroll through. Walking around, you’ll stumble upon baroque churches, gothic houses, a medieval town wall and even a town castle.
River Lech with its sparkling turquoise waters, runs through the charming town of Füssen.
Overlooking the banks of River Lech sits the baroque-style edifices of the St. Mang Monastery, a former Benedictine Abbey. Today it houses the Füssen Museum. The history of the monastery goes back to the 8th century, when Saint Magnus, a missionary, founded a monk’s cell just at this place.
Where To Stay
We stayed at the historic Hotel Hirsch which is located along the main road through Füssen and only 200m away from the old town area. The hotel reminded me of a pink dollhouse and the inside, albeit very kitchy seemed to fit the extravagant Bavarian culture. There is even a library on the third floor, plus all kinds of antique furniture pieces throughout the hotel. The rooms are all unique and reflect the Bavarian history and culture in some way.
The view from the rooftop terrace was pretty incredible too:
Where To Eat
During our stroll through the old town we discovered the cutest little Bavarian café tucked away down a quiet side street. It’s called Bio Cafe Baumgarten and you have to check it out when you visit Füssen. It’s tiny inside but so cozy! We warmed up with a delicous pumpkin soup of the day.
For dinner we decided to stay in and eat at the hotel’s restaurant. I’m so glad we did! The dinner was AMAZING. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone, even if you are not staying at Hotel Hirsch. Traditional Bavarian cuisine is a must when visiting Füssen.
Füssen is the perfect starting place for visiting Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle. The castles, which are nestled in the Bavarian hills, are the main attraction that bring tourists to this region.
Check out my completely separate post on visiting Neuschwanstein Castle here!
When To Visit
Visiting Füssen in late November allowed us to avoid the massive tourist crowds that overun this small town during the summer months. If you can visit during the “off-season” then I would suggest doing so. There are tourists all year round but in the summer months it is extremely busy and line-ups can be very long.
Waking up to a fresh snowfall and white rooftops had me jumping for joy. I may have even squeeled a little as I looked out our hotel window. It was such a magical moment and yes, I definitely did a little happy dance! I immediately grabbed my camera and headed out to take these beautiful photos.
The streets were empty and quiet. The fresh air and view of snow-covered mountains made me feel like I was in a fairytale.
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