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808 m (2,651 ft)

14,236 (31 Dec 2008)



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Local time
Sunday 12:21 AM

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7°C, Wind SW at 19 km/h, 90% Humidity

Points of interest
Neuschwanstein Castle, St Mang's Abbey - Füssen, Forggensee, Alatsee, Hohenschwangau Castle

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Füssen is a town in Bavaria, Germany, in the district of Ostallgäu, situated 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north from the Austrian border. It has a population of 15,265. The town is known for its violinmaking industry, and as the closest transportation hub for the castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.


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Füssen was settled in Roman times, on the Via Claudia Augusta, a road that leads southwards to northern Italy and northwards to Augusta Vindelicum (today's Augsburg), the former regional capital of the Roman province Raetia. The original name of Füssen was "Foetes", or "Foetibus" (inflected), which derives from Latin "Fauces", meaning "gorge", probably referring to the Lech gorge. In Late Antiquity Füssen was the home of a part of the Legio III Italica, which was stationed there to guard the important trade route over the Alps.

Füssen later became the site of the "Hohes Schloss" (High Castle), the former summer residence of the prince-bishops of Augsburg. Below the Hohes Schloss is the Baroque complex of the former Benedictine monastery of St. Mang, whose history goes back to the 9th century. Füssen has Saint Mang (Magnus of Füssen) as its patron saint. He and his Benedictine brother Theodor were two monks from the Abbey of Saint Gall and are considered to be its founders, in addition to the Monastery of Kempten. Magnus' original burial place was in the small chapel he built. His bones were transferred to the crypt of the church built in 850. Around the year 1100 all his bones disappeared.


In 1745, the Treaty of Füssen was signed between the Electorate of Bavaria and Habsburg Austria, ending Bavaria's participation in the War of the Austrian Succession.

During the 19th century, composer Richard Wagner used to come to Füssen by railway when he visited King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Recent history

Under the Nazi Party, Füssen was within the administrative division of Gau Swabia. During World War II, a sub-camp of the Dachau concentration camp was located in the town.

Since the 1950s the town has been familiar to travellers as the southern terminus of the Romantic Road. Füssen was host to the 1988 World Junior Curling Championships.


Füssen is located on the banks of the Lech River, which flows into the Forggensee. The Forggensee is a man-made lake which was built to prevent flooding. It is the catchment area for all the melting snow in the spring, and is drained after the middle of October.

Füssen is the highest town in Bavaria, 808 meters (2,651 ft) above sea level). The castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohehschwangau are located near the town.



The High Castle houses a branch gallery of the Bavarian State Collections of Paintings, which focuses on late Gothic and Renaissance works of art.

The oldest fresco in Germany can be found in the crypt of St Mang's Basilica. It dates back to about the year 980.

St Mang's Feast Day (6 September) is commemorated with a Holy Mass followed by a procession by torchlight through the old part of the city. During the week of the Saint's Feast a special 'Magnus Wine' is sold, with only 500 bottles produced.

Known beyond Füssen is the success of EV Füssen, the local Oberliga ice hockey club.

Local media

The local newspaper for Füssen is the Allgäuer Zeitung, printed daily except Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation. It contains a special section with news from Füssen and the surrounding towns and villages called the Füssener Blatt.

Notable residents

  • Paul Ambros (1933–2015), Olympic ice hockey player
  • Oliver Axnick (born 1970), former curler and curling coach for the German men's team
  • Johann Baptist Babel (1716–1799), sculptor
  • Richard Bletschacher (born 1936), writer and former chief dramatic advisor at Vienna State Opera
  • Patrick Einsle (born 1987), professional snooker player
  • Michael Endrass (born 1988), professional hockey player
  • Günther Förg (born 1952), a prominent painter, sculptor, photographer, and graphic designer
  • Michael Greis (born 1976), triple Olympic gold medalist in biathlon
  • Thomas Greiss (born 1986), a National Hockey League (NHL) goaltender
  • Jennifer Harß (born 1987), a goaltender and Olympian for the Germany women's national ice hockey team
  • Uli Hiemer (born 1962), former NHL and Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) professional hockey player
  • Holger Höhne (born 1970), a curler playing for the German national team and a medalist at several World Curling Championships
  • Max Koegel (1895–1946), a Nazi officer who served as a commander of several concentration camps
  • Julia Manhard, freestyle skier representing Germany at the 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Volker Prechtel (1941–1997), actor, best known for his roles in The Name of the Rose and several films by Werner Herzog
  • Francis Xavier Seelos (1819–1867), the son of the sacristan at 'St Mang's Basilica and a priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer; he died in New Orleans and was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 9 April 2000
  • Xaver Unsinn (1929–2012), an Olympic medal winning ice hockey player and coach
  • Twinned towns

    Füssen is twinned with:

  • Palestrina, Italy, since 1972
  • Numata, Gunma, Japan, since 1998
  • Bardu, Norway, since 1997
  • Helen, Georgia, United States, since 1978
  • References

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