MUNICH — Füssen and Schwangau

Füssen and Schwangau are both found on southern Germany’s Romantic Road, which runs from Wurzburg to Füssen. They are only 4 kilometres apart and most of the popular sights found in this area lie in or near these towns. The only train station to this area is in Füssen and you can take a train from Munich to here and local buses connect the towns and the sights. Füssen is only a small town but because of the famous castles nearby you will find it attracts an amazing number of visitors.

To find information about the transport look on the following website:
http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/home/mvv_network/meansoftransportation/index.html

The sights found here are:
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Alstadt Füssen
Tegelbergbahn
Forggensee

Schloss Neuschwanstein

Schloss Neuschwanstein
New Swan Stone Castle, or Neuschwanstein was built for King Ludwig 11 in 1869 but it was never finished. It looks like it has come straight out of a fairytale with its spiralling towers and brilliant walls and was the inspiration for the famous Disneyland Castle. Ludwig was a great fan of the composer Wagner and the castle itself is named for one of the characters in a Wagner Opera, The Swan Knight. It was designed by a theatre designer rather than an architect which goes towards explaining the interior of the castle which is completely ‘over the top’ with its lavish decorations. Many of the paintings and murals depict scenes from Wagner’s operas.

Traveller's Tip

You need to see the castle on a guided tour and tickets can be booked online to save you queuing and being disappointed when you get there if it is busy.
For more information about booking tickets and how to get there visit the following website:http://www.hohenschwangau.de/545.0.html
Schloss Hohenschwangau

Schloss Hohenschwangau
Castle of the High Swan Country or Schloss Hohenschwangau is where King Ludwig II spent his youth. The location of Hohenschwangau was originally a fortress called Schwanstein that belonged to a family of knights but by the beginning of the 19th century the fortress had been abandoned and had fallen into ruin. It was found by Crown Prince Maximilian who liked the area and decided to build a castle as a summer residence for his family. The castle you see today is the same one Ludwig 11 played in as a child and has suffered little damage over the years.
Information about the castle and how to get to it can be found on the following website:http://www.hohenschwangau.de/545.0.html

Traveller's Tip

For a magnificent view of the illuminated castles visit Königliche Kristall-Therme which is a spa where you can swim, have a hydro-massage, mediate or have a sauna.
For more information about the spa visit the following website:http://www.kristalltherme-schwangau.de/
Alstadt Fussen

Alstadt Füssen
The town of Füssen is located on the banks of the river Lech. The old town centre is a maze of narrow medieval streets with many cafes and upmarket shops. The main attraction of the town of Füssen is Hohe Schloss, the former summer residence of the bishops of Ausberg and is one of the largest and best preserved late Gothic castle complexes in this area. In the north wing of the palace you will find two galleries. The first one is Staatsgalerie im Hohen Schloss with late-Gothic and Renaissance paintings and some impressive sculpture. On the floor below this is the Municipal Art Gallery where there is an emphasis on 19th century Bavarian artists. Near the Hohe Schloss is the former Benedictine Monastery of St Mang which dates back to the 8th century. This complex contains a historical museum where the main exhibit is the building where visitors can walk round two sides of the excavated cloister. Also here you will find St Anna’s Chapel where the famous Füssen Dance of Death by J. Hiebeler is on view. The state rooms are magnificent especially the Prince’s Hall and the collegiate church of St Mang with its 8th century Romanesque crypt and the oldest preserved fresco in Bavaria. The town of Füssen has been known over the centuries as a music town and evidence of this can be found in the museum where one of the largest collections of historical lutes in Europe as well as old and precious violins and related stringed instruments are on display.

Traveller's Tip

In the Hohe Schloss make sure you look for the 15th century‘fake’ gables and windows in the inner courtyard — at first glance they look real but they are only illusionistic architectural paintings.
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Tegelbergbahn
Tegelberg is the mountain found a few kilometres from Füssen and Schwangau and you can reach it by buses 73 and 78 from the Füssen station. A cable car takes you to the top of the mountain and from here you have a magnificent view of the Alps and the lake, Forgensee. In summer on the mountain you will see hang-gliding and parasailing and there is a toboggan track that is a lot of fun. In Winter there is skiing. Excavations during the building of the cable car uncovered the remains of a Roman bath from the 2nd century AD which is free to visit.
Information about Tegelbergbahn can be found on the following website:
http://www.tegelbergbahn.de/

Forgensee

Forgensee
This is the largest lake in this area and is a reservoir that was formed from the Lech River. In winter the lake is dry and you can walk on it and it is interesting to see the still visible remains of some of the buildings that were flooded when the lake was made. In summer the lake is full and it is a popular place for water sports such as boating, swimming and windsurfing.

Traveller's Tip

Make sure you take a boat ride around the lake for a lovely day out. Information about schedules and prices can be found on the following website: http://www.stadt-fuessen.de/fileadmin/1_Homepage_neu/
Sport_und_Freizeit/Forggenseeschifffahrt/
Preisliste_und_Fahrplan.pdf