From the Füssen entry in Wikipedia:

Füssen is a town in Bavaria, Germany, in the district of Ostallgäu, situated one kilometre from the Austrian border. The town is known for violin manufacturing and as the closest transportation hub for the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles.


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 950 all his bones disappeared.

The canting coat of arms, depicting a triskeles symbol (alluding to the German Füsse "feet"), is based on a city seal used in the early 14th century.

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.

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Forggensee and Surroundings

View Village Hopfen Am
View of the village Hopfen am See, and the Hopfensee (Hopfen lake). In the distance are the casles Neuschwanstein (just right of center), and Hohenschwangau (to the right of Neuschwanstein). (1278k)
Typical Houses Hopfen
Typical houses in Hopfen. (1258k)
Curch St Maria Und
Curch "St. Maria und Florian" on the Forggensee. (952k)
Castle Neuschwanstein
Castle Neuschwanstein. (888k)
Castle Hohenschwangau
Castle Hohenschwangau. (801k)
View Over Forggensee
View over the Forggensee. (929k)
Sightseeing Ship Forggensee Lake
Sightseeing ship on the Forggensee, the lake near Füssen. (1203k)
Paddle Boarding Forggensee
Paddle boarding on the Forggensee. (931k)
Sailing Forggensee
Sailing on the Forggensee. (797k)
Sailing Forggensee
Sailing on the Forggensee. (930k)

Old Town Füssen

Facade Church Holy Spirit
Facade of the Church of the Holy Spirit (Heilig-Geist-Spitalkirche). (1184k)
Entrance St Mang Monastery
Entrance to the St. Mang monastery. (977k)
Building St Mang Monastery
Building in the St. Mang monastery. (987k)
Church St Sebastian
Church St. Sebastian. (1.5M)
House Old Town Füssen
House in old town Füssen. (942k)
Cobble Stone Street Old
Cobble stone street in old town Füssen. (1003k)
Carved Woden Door Old
Carved woden door in old town Füssen. (1190k)

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