Mini-Guide | Fussen, Germany

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Perhaps if you recognize the name Fussen, Germany it's because you know that one of the most famous castles in all of Europe, certainly in all of Germany, is in the area- Neuschwanstein Castle. If you've not heard of Fussen, well I'm glad to be the one to enlighten you! Aside from the draw of King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein & the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle in which the King was raised, the entire area surrounding Fussen is simply idyllic Bavaria. Think vast rolling green landscape dotted with grazing cattle. Lovely and worth the trip if you're visiting Munich. You can take the train down from Munich, or rent a car and drive. I recommend the latter so you can stop off as you please. One of the highlights of our time in this area was being able to pull off on the side of the road to take pictures. The sound of absolutely nothing but distant cow bells was enchanting.
Another neat reason to drive it versus train it is the fact that you need to experience a German rest stop along the Autobahn. Full restaurants or fast food, convenience stores, pristine restrooms, and you can fill up your tank - in 1 single compound. And it comes with a view. America, take note.
Oh. And then there's the occasional church that you've just got to swing in to.
So, now that I've properly convinced you that driving Bavaria is the only way to go, here are my recommendations for exploring Fussen. I prefer slower travel to rushing day trips, so give yourself at least 2 nights. Though you won't be short on things to do if you decide to linger.

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a beer from any of the sidewalk cafes & just people-watch
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Tons of great Vintage shopping, plus several nice fabric stores. I particularly loved the tiny Middle-Eastern shop in the pedestrian area. I forget the name, but look for the display of colorful beads out front. The gentleman who owns it is a gem.
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Neuschwanstein Castle & Hohenschwangau Castle. The former is the more famous of the two, though something about the latter that had me more intrigued. Do both though. Skip the horse-pulled carriage, put your comfy shoes on and walk between the two, exercise is good for you and the views are impressive.
So there you have it - a proper side trip from Munich. If you're visiting Salzburg, Austria then Fussen is only a short drive or train ride north. If you're planning a trip to Germany, and have any questions for me, definitely feel free to contact me via the comment form below or through email by clicking here.

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-lila
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