Fussen is a charming Bavarian town at the end (or beginning) of the Romantic Road. Just about everyone passes through here on their way to Neuschwanstein Castle, but most don’t stop to see what it’s all about. We picked Füssen as one of our overnight stops while on our ‘Romantic Road’ road trip, and I’m so glad we did. While the town is small, we discovered a few hidden gems that the majority of visitors undoubtedly miss.
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While not technically in Fussen, Neuschwanstein Castle is the largest draw for people visiting this part of Bavaria. Fussen is only a 6 minute drive to Schwangau, the home of Germany’s most famous castle, making it the the perfect hub if you plan on spending the night in this area.
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ALTSTADT VON FUESSEN
The town center of Fussen is small. In fact, you can actually walk through and safely see everything there is to see in about 40 minutes (if you’re walking slow). There are tons of souvenir shops and restaurants targeting tourists, so it doesn’t feel totally authentic. Nevertheless, it was adorable and worth the quick stroll for some photos.
CHEAP EATS: WOK INN
Because most of the restaurants in this area cater to tourists (ie expensive and/or mediocre), we decided to keep it simple and try this Chinese restaurant that looked cheap and had good reviews. It was a risky move, Chinese food in Bavaria, but it paid off.
Wok Inn is located down a small side road in the center of town. It’s a no-frills place to go for a fast, cheap meal. They had a lot of vegetarian options as well and the food was surprisingly really good.
If you walk 10-15 min South from Fussen’s town center, you’ll run into the spot where water from the river Lech plunges into Lech Gorge. Walk out onto the bridge, and stand over the falls for the best view. Lechfalls are small, but the scenery is beautiful, with it’s unusually bright turquoise water and limestone mountain range.
DINNER WITH A VIEW // STEAKHAUS FUSSEN
Directly across the street from the Lechfall footbridge is a restaurant called Steakhaus Fussen, and they have an incredible view of the river Lech. We grabbed a beer here in the afternoon and watched the sunset. If we hadn’t already eaten, we would’ve had dinner here. The reviews are fantastic.
STRADDLE AUSTRIA ON A TREETOP WALKWAY
Less than half a mile from Lechfall is the Austrian border. It’s completely unassuming, and you would definitely miss it unless you were looking at a map. To the right of the border is a 68ft (21 meter) tall treetop walkway, and you can start from the Austrian side and walk into Germany or vice versa.
ADMISSION Apparently it costs 4 euro to enter but we didn’t know and accidentally walked right past the ticket booth. Nobody said anything.. oops.
RIDE A GIANT SLIDE TO THE ADVENTURE TRAILS
Directly below the treetop walkway and right next to the German/Austrian Border is a giant slide and several “adventure trails” for exploring. The first time we visited, we had the slide to ourselves and spent 45 minutes remembering how fun it is to be a kid. The next time, we visited was on a Saturday and we had to wait in line with 7 year olds who wanted a turn as well.
At the bottom of the slide, you have the option of taking the Forest Trail or the Mountain Trail. Each trail has it’s own set of activities to do along the way. We took the Forest Trail and it was a fun way to explore the scenery. The trails are short and easily walkable. I’m 99% sure the adventure trails were designed with children in mind but we loved it anyway.
I’m pissed that I didn’t find out about the Alpine Slide until after we left Bavaria. During the Summer, take a toboggan and wind your way for half a mile (750 meters) down the mountain. The slide is located about 2 miles from Neuschwanstein Castle. You can also paraglide, hike or take the mountain cable car up for an incredible view.
WHERE TO STAY IN FUSSEN
Located in the town center of Fussen (and only a 2 minute walk from the bus station), Hotel Fantasia is a stylish budget-friendly option. They also have room options for groups/families of 3-6.
PRICE RANGE From $72 USD (€59)
Hotel Sonne is ranked amongst the top 25 hotels in Germany. Each of the rooms have a different, stylish design and it’s located in the center of Fussen.
PRICE RANGE From $98 USD (€79)
Hotel Sommer is a wellness hotel located 5 minutes outside of the town center but it’s views and year-round indoor and outdoor (heated) pools are worth the extra mile. The hotel also has a sauna, fitness center and free bike rentals.
PRICE RANGE From $250 USD (€218)
Have you been to Fussen? Do you have anything to add to this list?