Welcome to Füssen
Nestled at the foot of the Alps, tourist-busy Füssen is the southern climax of the Romantic Road, with the nearby castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau the highlight of many a southern Germany trip. But having 'done' the country's most popular tourist route and seen Ludwig II's fantasy palaces, there are other reasons to linger longer in the area. The town of Füssen is worth half a day's exploration and, from... Read More
Top experiences in Füssen
Super Saver: Neuschwanstein Castle and Rothenburg
Neuschwanstein Castle Tour: (7 hours)Board your coach in central Frankfurt in the morning and travel roughly 262 miles (422 km) south to the enchanting Bavarian town of Füssen, located at the southernmost tip of Germany’s Romantic Road.Füssen is home to one of Germany’s star attractions: Neuschwanstein Castle. Perched on a rocky hill, this fairy tale palace rises steeply above the village of Hohenschwangau, dominating the surrounding plains and Alpine foothills. You’ll understand immediately why Walt Disney used this royal castle as his inspiration for Sleeping Beauty.Bypass the entrance lines and follow your guide on a narrated tour of the castle’s interior. Learn about Neuschwanstein’s creator, the shy and troubled King Ludwig II, who used the palace as his personal refuge during his turbulent reign. Neuschwanstein is by far the most distinctive of the king’s three Bavarian castles, built in classic Neo-Gothic Revival style. Its grandeur is simply breathtaking.After your tour, make the most of some free time to stroll around the gardens, shop for souvenirs, grab lunch (own expense) and take photos against the stunning backdrop of the Bavarian mountains. Then, relax on your coach journey to your next destination: Rothenburg ob der Tauber.Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour: (7 hours)Situated high above the Tauber River Valley on the Romantic Road is Rothenburg, widely considered as the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. Take a walking tour along the cobbled lanes lined with picturesque half-timbered houses. See the imposing city gates, Renaissance-era Town Hall and the marketplace while learning about Rothenburg’s history and architecture. Encircling the whole town is a walled fortification, still intact from hundreds of years ago. At the end of the day, reconvene with your guide for your relaxing 2-hour journey back to Frankfurt.
Neuschwanstein Castle Skip-the-Line Ticket
Enjoy a hassle free skip-the-line experience at the Neuschwanstein Castle, a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in South West Bavaria, Germany.Please note: your "skip-the-line" ticket can only be picked up in person at the operator's office in the L.A-Hostel in Fuessen. There is no ticket delivery to the hotel. If you have any questions or special requests, please contact the operator by email 24 hours before start or call using the phone number on our voucher. Operator's office is only open between 9am-11am for pick-up.Please note:Our ticket prices are higher than if you buy directly at the official ticket center as we pre-order the tickets for you
Bavaria Highlights Tour from Fuessen
Meet your guide near Füssen Station, and then hop aboard your luxury coach for the short journey south to Marienbrücke, a 19th-century crossing that overlooks the Pöllat Gorge. Gaze down at Neuschwanstein Castle with its elaborate turrets and parapets, and then pose for photos set against the backdrop of the heart-stopping Tegelberg mountain.Then, head inside Neuschwanstein Castle for your walking tour, and learn how it was built for King Ludwig II in the 19th century. While the Romanesque Revival castle was intended as Ludwig’s retreat, the building was never completed and the king spent less than half a year living inside it. Admire the stately interiors, including murals that pay homage to compose Richard Wagner – Ludwig’s operatic idol – inside the Minstrel’s Hall. Explore rooms like Ludwig’s bedroom and admire the dazzling ornamentation of the Byzantine Throne Room. Leave the castle and travel to the nearby village of Hohenschwangau to enjoy some free time. Find a restaurant for lunch (own expense) or stroll around Lake Alpsee, one of the region’s most beautiful lakes.Hop back on board your coach and travel along the Romantic Road to explore Wieskirche, a beautiful Rococo church. After admiring its architecture, travel onward to the village of Oberammergau, where the famous Passion Play is held once every 10 years. Explore the village, admiring its pretty Lüftlmalerei (painted houses), and then travel to Linderhof Castle – another of Ludwig’s former homes. Nestled deep in the forest, Linderhof was the castle where the eccentric king spent most of his time. Step inside to see its lavish rooms such as the Hall of Mirrors and the Audience Chamber, and then visit the outside Venus Grotto – an artificial cave said to be modeled on Capri’s Blue Grotto. Explore Linderhof Palace Gardens at leisure, and then return to your coach.Travel back to Füssen, finishing your tour at the station in the early evening.
Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip from Frankfurt
Board an air-conditioned coach in central Frankfurt in the morning and relax on the scenic drive south through Bavaria's Alpine foothills. At the southernmost tip of the breathtaking Romantic Road, reach the enchanting little town of Füssen, approximately 161 miles (260 km) south of Frankfurt. Sitting high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the valley is Neuschwanstein Castle, the breathtaking Neo-Gothic Revival palace of King Ludwig II of Bavaria that served as the inspiration for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty.When you arrive at Neuschwanstein Castle, skip the entrance lines for a guided tour. Welcoming nearly 6,000 visitors per day and popular year-round, Neuschwanstein garners long entrance lines, but you’ll bypass the crowds and head straight inside with your guide.One of three royal palaces built for the king, Neuschwanstein is by far the most distinctive, with its dizzyingly high perch, stunning grandeur and ornate interior. Tour the castle's interior, where the richness of King Ludwig is showcased on full scale, with his opulent living quarters and an array of historical paintings, mosaics and ornaments that display the impressive craftsmanship of the late 1800s. Your guide will provide fascinating commentary as you walk, describing the shy king who used Neuschwanstein Castle as his personal refuge during his turbulent reign.After your tour, you’ll have some free time to stroll around the castle grounds, shop for souvenirs and enjoy spectacular photo opportunities against the backdrop of the Bavarian Alps. Re-board the coach in the afternoon for the drive back to Frankfurt, and enjoy a provided lunchbox along the way.
Full-Day Bavarian Castles Tour from Fussen
The tour starts at 8:30am, departing from Fussen center. The first stops will be the Neuschwanstein Castle and the Hohenschwangau Castle, where you will have about 3-4 hours to see both castles and the surrounding area. You will then go to Linderhof Castle, Oberammergau, and the highlights of Austria along with the mountain Lake Plansee and beautiful scenery of the Austrian Alps. The tour will end around 6pm and will return to Fuessen main station.
Munich Super Saver: Neuschwanstein, Herrenchiemsee
Day 1: Small-Group Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip (9 hours)Meet your guide near Munich Central Station, and then board your train for the short journey to Füssen, home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neuschwanstein Castle. After an uphill walk, head inside the magnificent castle and explore its elaborate interiors with your guide while learning about history and original owner, King Ludwig II. The result of an obsessional extravagance, the castle was the fantasy of the king, who wanted a home that would both wow his people and shelter him from prying eyes. Notoriously shy, the eccentric king died soon after the building was complete, leaving behind one of the world’s greatest castles that he ironically spent little time enjoying.Admire rooms such as Minstrel’s Hall with its murals of Richard Wagner, the operatic maestro who Ludwig idolized; take in the spectacular ornamentation of the Byzantine Throne Room; and walk through the king’s stately bedroom. Neuschwanstein’s exterior is noteworthy, too, so use your free time after your walking tour to walk outside and marvel at the intricate detail of the castle’s parapets and turrets. Many believe Neuschwanstein to be the perfect example of a fairy tale castle, and indeed it was the inspiration behind Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle in the 1959 film.Meet your guide at the prearranged time, and then travel back to Munich Central Station by train where your day trip finishes. Day 2: Herrenchiemsee Palace Day Trip (9.5 hours):The morning after your Neuschwanstein Castle day trip, meet your guide at Munich Central Station and travel by train to Lake Chiemsee, home to another King Ludwig’s elaborate homes, Herrenchiemsee Palace. Ride across the lake to the island where the palace sits, and then head inside to marvel at the palace’s opulence that is said to be modeled on the Palace of Versailles. With your guide at your side, explore Herrenchiemsee’s walkways and behold elegant rooms lined with gold, marble and glass. Look out for the elevated dining table that could be lowered to the servants’ quarters so the king was spared the sight of his minions, and marvel at the ornamentation of the Hall of Mirrors.After exploring the palace with your guide, take a boat ride across the lake to the neighboring island of Fraueninsel (own expense). Barely covering an area of 38 acres (15.5 hectares), the island is small enough to see on foot, so enjoy some free time to explore and soak up its history independently. Be sure to stop for photos by the historical convent, a site that dates back to the first century.Having looked around at leisure, meet your guide and make your way back to the train station to travel back to Munich. Your day trip then finishes at Munich Central Station.