The Füssen Heritage Museum

Füssen Heritage Museum
Füssen Heritage Museum

Museums are a great place to visit and get a picture of what history life was like back in time. There are many museums across the world representing different countries time in history. Museums give you a taste of exactly what it would have been like to be alive in the days of castles, knights, swords and poverty. A country which has an extremely interesting history is Germany. With many kings and castles throughout time, Germany offers a historical experience in almost every area.

There are many museums to visit in Germany which offer a glance at history and the events which took place in the previous years.

The Füssen Heritage Museum, located in Füssen, Germany used to be the Abbey of St. Mang, which was built during the first half of the 9th century and was used as a monastery for the Bishops of Augsberg.

The cell of the monastery was built by Saint Mang (Magnus of Füssen) and was also where he died. The cell is where you will find the Füssen heritage museum.

The abbey was converted by Johann Jakob Herkomer into a symmetrically organised row of buildings and he transformed the basilica into a baroque church.

In 1802, the two princes of Oettingen took over possession of the Abbey and in 1803, the residents  were ordered to clear the abbey and vacate the premises.

The Abbey of St. Mang was transferred to the parish of Füssen as a gift. In 1839, the abbey was bought and in 1909 it was reconverted. The abbeys north wing was reconverted into the town hall and the south wing is where the Füssen heritage museum now stands.

The Füssen Heritage museum features the history of Füssen town, the history of the monastery and collections of historical violins and lutes from over 1000 years ago. The museum represents Füssen as the heart of lute making in Europe. The town of Füssen was where the first lute making guild was  built and the town created lutes and violins from the 1600th century up until the 1900th century. Karl Leonhardt donated his equipment for the museum which shows the process of building a violin.

The museum features the superbly designed baroque hall, the princes hall which is a stunningly designed hall with many spectacular paintings which was created by Andrea Maini. The library, which includes a refractory beneath it featuring some amazing sculptures created by Anton Sturm. The Colloquium, which contains many amazing paintings created by Franz George Hermann. The chapter hall, which contains many extant oil paintings crated by Paul Zeiller. The Anna chapel which is an extremely pleasant, baroque style chapel representing the Füssen dance of death and  the millers room, which is a room featuring an exhibition on Füssens history.

Although there are many popular features inside the museum, the Füssen heritage museum is a popular attraction itself as many people enjoy viewing the spectacularly designed exterior of the abbey.

The Füssen heritage museum is still very popular to this day and attracts many visitors each year who visit Füssen to explore and learn the history of the town.

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