The Basilika St. Mang is a big, Baroque church which is a part of the St. Mang's Abbey. While the abbey is no longer functional and is operated as a museum, the church is still in operation, attracting scores of visitors due to its palace like design.
The glorious azure lake of Forggensee is located a little North of the city center of Füssen. The lakeshore stretches to 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) in length and 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) in breadth and offers some of the best views Bavaria. One of the largest lakes in the state, Lake Forggensee is a thriving tourist attraction which also offers water sports and activities such as boating and cruises, while the terrestrial periphery of the lake is often used for activities such as hiking and biking.
Perched atop a hill and the Swiss valley of Reutte, the Ehrenberg Castle of Austria is a popular attraction among tourists for its charming historical atmosphere and stunning woodland and city views. Accessed via a short hike, this ruinous castle is a perfect spot for a family day out and a must visit for history enthusiasts!
While visiting the neighboring town of Fussen and Neuschwanstein Castle, make a small detour to see the Wieskirche or The Pilgrimage Church of Wies. This stunning building is a true expression of the baroque style and the interiors throw a brilliant light on the craftsmanship and artistic expression of this period. Listed on the UNESCO heritage list, Wieskirche is a must-visit. The beautiful frescos painted by the Zimmerman brothers, ornate windows and the fine stucco work elaborate on the theological theme and bring it to life. The church is, to this day a popular pilgrimage destination.
Surrounded by verdant trees, the red-bricked Bruder Klaus Kapelle invites visitors with its striking beauty and tranquility. Constructed in 1991 by Nikolaus von der Flüe, a saint of Swiss origin, the chapel is known for its exquisite wooden cross and other interior relics such as a candlestick with 12 arms. This small but scenic religious attraction calls for some quiet contemplation and unabashed devotion.
Shaped in the form of a giant X, the AlpspiX is a viewing platform made of steel on top of the Osterfelderkopf, an alpine mountain situated in the Bavarian region. The design of the platform was made in order to provide maximum 360 degree views of the entire region. Some say that you can see as far as three countries from the top on a clear day.
Formerly the St.Mang's Monastery, built in the 9th Century for the Benedictine monks and later turned into an imposing Baroque Church, the building now houses the Fussen Heritage Museum and the Town Hall. The museum is a perfect place to start your exploration of Fussen's cultural heritage, as it houses a vast number of artifacts from over 1000 years of history including a fascinating display on the craft of Lute building built around Karl Leonhardt's collection, which Fussen was famous for till the 1800s. The building itself is a testament to Fussen's heritage, the main hall, refectory, cells, and the domed colloquium beautiful examples of architecture; as well as the stunning paintings and archaeological pieces that can be found in its permanent collections. The Fussen Heritage Museum is an absolute must-visit while in Fussen.
Franziskanerkloster Füssen is a monastery dedicated to St. Stephen. The monastery which was built in the 17th Century with beautiful Rocco architecture is currently a place for old Franciscan brothers.
In the middle of the former park of Hohenschwangau Castle, you come across this serene lake. Tucked away in the middle of the verdant Bavarian landscape, Schwansee is a popular swimming spot for locals and tourists alike. A short, peaceful walk leads to the dreamy lake. Its shimmering water reflects the lush Alpine mountainside that surrounds it, making for an idyllic family getaway in the town. Adventure enthusiasts can explore the surrounding area with a scenic hike. Besides clear waters, the site also offers beautiful views of the region, with the Neuschwanstein Castle visible in the distance.
The originally Romanesque church owes the altar to D. Zimmermann and the baroque frescoes to Johann Heel.
Picturesque mountain lakes and forested mountain slopes attract hikers into the Bavarian-Tyrolean borderland. The Tannheim Mountains are part of the Allgäu alpine mountain range and surround the most beautiful high valley in Europe, according to the Bavarian travel author Ludwig Steub. Ever fascinating is the contrast between the rugged beauty of the mountains and the placid blue of the lakes.