The History, Culture, and Sights of Füssen
Sights of Füssen
Bavarian towns in Germany are known for the richness of their culture, and none more so than Füssen. Originally called Foetibus or Foetes (from the Latin word "Fauces"), the region has experienced a lot of events that have left an indelible mark in the culture and tradition of Bavaria. This article takes a look at some of the must-see attractions you will want to check out when visiting 700-year-old Füssen.
Some of the important historical landmarks on and near Füssen are:
• Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. The whimsical castles straight from the fairy tales that King Ludwig (known as the Swan King and the Mad King) had built are only about 4 kms from Füssen, allowing tourists to go there by car from the town.
• Hohen Schloss. Füssen is also home to a castle. Hohen Schloss served as the summer residence of the Augsburg prince bishops from the 1400s to the 1700s. It follows the late-Gothic architecture, and is said to be one of, if not the best-preserved Gothic castle in existence. Hohen Schloss is now the home of several paintings that belong to the Bavarian State Collections of Paintings, particularly Gothic and Renaissance art.
• Die Wieskirche. Die Wieskeriche is a beautiful Bavarian Rococo church in Füssen that is worth visiting even for non-religious visitors. The beauty of the church has allowed it to be declared as one of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites.
• Benedictine Monastery of St. Mang. Aside from being the home of the Füssen Heritage Museum, the Benedictine Monastery of St. Mang contains a lot of attractions for history lovers, having been built in the 9th century as a monument for the patron saint of Füssen. The last remaining relic of St. Mang (the rest of his bones have mysteriously disappeared in 1910) can be found at the altar of the monastery. The monastery is built in the Baroque style of architecture.
• The Chapel of St Anne. The Chapel of St Anne is also one of the old churches worth visiting during your stay in Füssen. You can find the macabre painting "Totentanz" (translated to "Dance of Death") in the chapel.
• The railroad station. The railroad station may be worth a visit for classical music lovers, since this is where the composer Richard Wagner would get off at when he visited Füssen to see his friend King Ludwig.
Füssen is more than your average, idyllic German town. Boasting of beautiful attractions and a rich history, you will definitely be able to enjoy a meaningful holiday if you spend it in the beautiful Bavarian town of Füssen.