On the manhole covers in Füssen, you can see the local city arms. Even though the name of the town originates from a Latin word (fauces), the coat of arms refers to the later interpretation of the word Füssen which sounds like the German term Füße. Especially in Bavarian areas, this term is used for legs.
From the balcony of Neuschwanstein Castle, I got a fine view of the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle. Whereas Neuschwanstein is known as a dream castle built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Hohenschwangau was the castle of his parents and his childhood. Living there, he probably forged out plans for a palace of his own the first time.
For many years Füssen has been a centre of the lute- and violinmaking industry. In 1562, the lute maker of Füssen joined together to form the first European lute maker guild. Today one can visit an extensive exhibition about the production of lutes and violins at the municipal museum of Füssen (Museum der Stadt Füssen).
The danse macabre (Totentanz) in Füssen is the oldest one of Bavaria. It was created by the painter Jacob Hiebler and can be seen as an exhibit of the museum of local history (Museum der Stadt Füssen) located in the former St. Mang’s Abbey.
This sundial is located in the courtyard of the High Castle (Hohes Schloss) in Füssen. Around the windows, one can see a small piece of the Trompe-l’œil for which the castle is known. It is assumed that these paintings were made around 1499 by the painter Fidelis Eichele.
The High Castle (Hohes Schloss) in Füssen is known for its walls decorated with a 15th-century Trompe l’oeil. Personally, I was impressed by a couple of ‘painted’ oriel windows which give the castle a surreal touch.
I did know Füssen is known for a lot of amazing Trompe-l’œils on the walls of the High Castle (Hohes Schloss). Though I was surprised to see in the streets of Füssen such an impressive Trompe-l’œil featuring a book. In this depiction, the three legs of the city arms are linked to the character traits diligent, honest and helpful (fleissig – ehrlich – hilfsbereit).
A longshot of the Marienbrücke taken from a balcony of Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein). From there one has an excellent view over the whole castle. The bridge can be reached by bus starting near the ticket office in Hohenschwangau.
This coat of arms, seen at an old building in Schwangau, displays the coat of arms of the kingdom of Bavaria introduced in 1835. The date above the crown has to be read as 1844. In former times the 4 had been written as half 8.
The Breitachklamm is a gorge located in Allgäu next to the border between Germany and Austria. On the German end of the gorge there is a helpful exhibition hall explaining the different parts of the gorge and how such a gorge come into being.