Border experiences between Füssen and Pfronten
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Pfronten-Ried railway station.Photo: mlaessig, Peter Melchin
Füssen is a picturesque small town on the Lech River, not far from the Austrian border. Its history dates back to Roman times. At that time, Füssen was located on the Via Claudia Augusta Roman road. The small old town centre with its many pretty houses, the churches and the town castle are well worth a leisurely stroll. The proximity to the royal castles and the numerous spa facilities still attract many holidaymakers. Last but not least, the surrounding, very charming landscape leaves unforgettable impressions.
On the site of today's castle, there was once an ancient Roman fort and then a castle. Around 1500, it was transformed into a castle. The paintings on the façades in the inner courtyard are particularly worth seeing.
The Baumgarten town park belonged to the monastery of St. Mang from the 14th century. Around 1900, the grounds were acquired by the city of Füssen and transformed into a public park. A special feature is the old water reservoir. It was built in the shape of a castle with a tower and battlements. Many rows of lime trees line the paths.
The Alatsee gained renewed fame when it became the setting in a detective novel about the inspector Kluftinger. Its special location, framed by gentle wooded hills, is popular with hikers, bikers and swimmers alike.
The location of Falkenstein Castle is very exposed and therefore particularly vulnerable to storms and lightning strikes. Therefore, it was decided to build a simple robust multi-storey house with a gable roof. In 1884, King Ludwig II acquired the site and wanted to have a robber baron's castle built there. However, his bold ideas never got beyond the planning stage. The original model can now be seen in Neuschwanstein Castle. Further information can also be found in a small museum room at the castle hotel.
The Marian Grotto below the Falkenstein castle ruins is dedicated to the veneration of Our Lady of Lourdes.
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Safety informationThe deep views into the valley from the Zirmgrat require a head for heights.
Public transportWith the regional trains of the Deutsche Bahn to the final station Füssen.
Getting thereTake the A7 to the end of the motorway and from there follow the signs to Füssen in a few minutes.
ParkingSeveral options in the city.
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EquipmentSturdy shoes required.
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