Day Tours from Füssen
By Viator, July 2013
There’s no better place to get a view of the Alps than Germany’s highest peak, Zugspitze, which towers 2,962 meters above sea level and straddles the Austrian-German border. Thankfully, you don’t have to climb to the summit – a cable car runs from the mountain town of Ehrwald to the top, where you can look down over the sea of snowy peaks stretching over the Swiss and Italian borders. Along with the dramatic panorama, the Zugspitze observation deck offers views from both the German and Austrian sides, and the chance to enjoy a beer at Germany’s highest beer garden.
From whimsical hilltop castles to medieval villages that appear suspended in time, Germany’s Romantic Road serves up a slideshow of scenery worthy of its name. The country’s most popular tourist theme route starts out at Füssen and while a multi-day trip is needed to take in the whole 261-mile road, a number of highlights can be enjoyed on a day trip. Stop off at the walled city of Augsburg, one of Germany’s oldest cities; visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Wieskirche in Pfaffenwinkel; or make the trek up to the famous medieval town of Rothenburg.
Füssen is on the doorstep of two of the ‘Mad King’ King Ludwig’s most famous castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, both of which are hugely popular attractions. The 12th century Hohenschwangau Castle, was the childhood home of Ludwig II and inspired many of his later works, but it’s the fanciful Neuschwanstein Castle that has earned itself the title of Germany’s most beautiful castle, famously used as the blueprint for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Complete the fairytale with a horse-drawn carriage ride from Neuschwanstein to Hohenschwangau, or combine your tour with a visit to the lavish Linderhof Castle, the late King’s extravagant retreat, hidden away in the Ammergau mountain forest.
Fed by the mighty Rhine river and flowing across 3 countries – Switzerland, Germany and Austria – the vast Lake Constance is at the heart of one of Europe’s most enchanting regions. Pay a visit to the ancient walled city of Lindau on the eastern edge of the lake, then take a ferry over to the lively lakeside town of Konstanz. From here, it’s possible to visit a number of sights, like the Rhine Delta wildlife refuge, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Reichnau Island and the medieval town of Stein am Rhein.
Famed for its cuckoo clocks and rich Black Forest gateau, the Black Forest has become a place of legend for travelers to southern Germany. Today, the forest only makes up a fraction of the area, and there are plenty of other pastimes to enjoy beside hiking and cycling through the woodlands. Follow the German Clock Trail to the many clock factories and clock making workshops; visit the historic spa town of Baden Baden or the UNESCO World Heritage listed Maulbronn Monastery; or take a boat cruise on the glacial lake of Titisee.
Tours & Tickets
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle on a half-day skip-the-line tour from Füssen! After arriving in Hohenschwangau, hop on a shuttle bus and head inside the ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
See the best of Bavaria on a day trip from Füssen, led by an expert local guide! During tours of the region’s two famous stunners – Neuschwanstein Castle ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Ride to the summit of the mighty Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest mountain, on a day trip from Füssen! After spending free time at the top to soak up the ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)