Romantic Road, Germany

Places to See in Füssen

The images of Füssen in the gallery below are arranged in rows of four, each of which can be seen by clicking the coloured numbers. To see a larger version of a sight and the associated description and history, click on the relevant thumbnail.

  • Füssen: Pedestrian Area
    The central part of Füssen is a pedestrian area filled with historic merchants' houses painted in pastel colours. This particular street leads from one of the main car parks outside the centre through to the main sights.
  • Füssen: Town Fountain
    The town fountain (or Stadtbrunnen) is located at one of the main junctions in Füssen's pedestrian area. The figure silhouetted in the photo is St Mang, (which is local dialect for St Magnus). St Magnus was reputed to be one of a group of Irish missionaries to central Europe during the Dark Ages who are popular in this part of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Little of factual significance is however known about his life.
  • Füssen: Pedestrian Centre
    Another view of the streets of the pedestrian centre, with the towers of the castle and monastery rising above the old town and the foothills of the Alps behind them.
  • Füssen: Basilica of St Magnus
    The Basilika St Mang is part of the monastery of the same name and holds the remains of St Magnus. Between the church and the monastery is the Chapel of Anna, the original monastery chapel, where there is a fascinating painting of the Dance of Death (Totentanz) from the 17th century. These paintings were popular in the society of the time as they displayed - in fairly gruesome fashion - the equality of rich and poor when it came to death. ("Say yes, say no, but everyone must dance this round.")
  • Füssen: Abbey of St Magnus
    This is the south entrance to the former Benedictine monastery, which is now partly the Füssen Town Hall and an exhibition centre and museum for local history.
  • Füssen: Castle Gardens
    The High Castle of Füssen rises above the historic core of the town. This a a view from the castle gardens where there are pleasant walks through the trees and an interesting fake ruin which actually hid the water reservoir for the town.
  • Füssen: High Castle Inner Courtyard
    This is a view of the castle from the inner courtyard and gives an idea of the late-Gothic construction. To the right is the staircase leading up to a gallery of historic paintings.
  • Füssen: High Castle Detail
    This is a close-up of the fresco style of painting on the inner walls of the castle. These paintings date originally from the 15th and 16th century.
  • Füssen: High Castle
    Travelling back out of the inner courtyard of the castle under the clock tower there is a lovely view through to the border with Austria and the high mountains.
  • Füssen: The Church of the Holy Ghost
    This colourful church was built in the 18th century and the style of rococo decoration is completely different to much of the rest of the town. The images are those of St Florian (the patron saint of firemen) and St Christopher.
  • Füssen: Bridge over the Lech
    This photo is looking back at the Abbey of St Mang and the Hohe Schloss from the other side of the bridge over the River Lech (near the suburb/neighbouring village of Bad Faulenbach).
  • Füssen: Franciscan Monastery
    Looking down the River Lech towards the Franciscan monastery and the Church of St Stephen. This is where the sign for the end of the Romantic Road is located.
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