Schloss Neuschwanstein near Füssen

Füssen in Allgäu is an enchanting town in south of Bavaria, Germany known for the Hohes Schloss and its Basilica and former Benedictine monastery of St Mang. The world famous Neuschwanstein Castle is situated a few kilometres to the east. Some visitors come to tour the castles and leave immediately afterwards leaving the beautiful little town unexplored. This is a great pity as there is much to see in Füssen and the surrounding area if you know what you are looking for! There are magnificent lakes with beautiful views and the "Kalvarienberg" which has the "Stations of the Cross" on it.

Get in

By train

From Munich, direct trains leave about every two hours and take two hours. There are more frequent connections if you are prepared to change trains somewhere along the way.

From Innsbruck, head to Vils in Tirol (a small town 7 km from Füssen), Ulrichsbrücke-Füssen (the stop before Vils) or Reutte in Tirol. Bus 74 runs from Reutte to Füssen via all these stations. Bus 71 runs from Vils directly to the castles. Innsbruck to Füssen takes about 3 hours.

By car

Füssen is on the end of the Romantic Road, coming from Augsburg as Bundesstraße 17 (B 17). From Munich take the Autobahn A 96, leave at Landsberg Ost and follow the B 17.

By bus

Maybe the cheapest way to get there: Many bus tours are operated to Füssen from most parts of southern Bavaria, often including a visit of the fairy-tale castle Neuschwanstein. Watch for tours at Munich main station (Hauptbahnhof).

Get around

Füssen is small enough that a car is not really needed. There is a bus to the castles and the trains to Munich and Augsburg and the old town is easy enough to access by foot. You can walk to Neuschwanstein and Hochschwangau castles via some marked roads; travel times posted on the signboards are comfortable over-estimates.

There are some great areas nearby, like some of the lesser-known castles, which would be easier to reach with your own car. It is possible to rent a car in Füssen.

Another alternative is to rent a mountain bike. There are numerous shops, one even right at the train station. Füssen has invested a lot into developing a network of bike routes and paths to make biking easier.

Houses and Hohes Schloss (Higher Castle-Formally home to the Prince Bishops of Augsburg) in Füssen


In the town


Hohenschwangau Castle.
  •   Hohenschwangau (Bus Nr. 73 or Bus Nr. 78 from Füssen. Horse carriage from the Ticket-Center: uphill €4, downhill €2.),  +49 83 62 - 93 08 30, fax: +49 83 62 - 93 08 320. Ticket sale times: April - September: 9 am - 5:30 pm, Oct - March: 10 am - 3:30 pm. Closed on Dec 24. The castle directly across from Ludwig II's fairy-tale castle. This castle served as Ludwig II's home while he was growing up. The ticket office closes half an hour before the castle does. Make sure to sit behind the driver while busing to the castles. You must buy the ticket in Ticket-Center Hohenschwangau, Alpseestraße 12. Admission: adults €12, students, seniors (over 65) and groups (15 people or more) €11 per person, children under 18 free. Combination ticket „Königsticket“ for Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle on the same day: €23 or €21 concession.






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