A summer holiday in the beautiful Allgäu has a lot to offer. Fantastic mountain landscapes, culture, nice towns and Allgäu serenity. We chose Füssen in Ostallgäu, the town on the Lech with medieval streets, nice cafés in the historic old town, baroque churches and monasteries, the High Castle and nice little shops. Mountains all around, green meadows with happy cows and a different lake around every corner.
With a holiday apartment right in the city, you have a great starting point for excursions and in the evening you can go for an Italian meal or a drink around the corner.
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Apart from the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles, which give the “Königswinkel” its name – and which are of course THE tourist magnet in the Allgäu – the Allgäu stands for gentle tourism paired with the hospitality of the Allgäu people.
CYCLING AND HIKING TOURS IN THE FÜSSEN AREA
We spent five days with friends in Füssen over a long weekend and, given the good weather, we gave up the culture and went on a different bike or hiking tour every day. We took it rather slowly and chose leisurely tours.
But there is also enough potential for real sports fans here, the surrounding mountains offer a variety of outdoor opportunities.
The most demanding mountain tour, which Queen Marie has already done with her son King Ludwig, leads to Füssen’s local mountain, the 2047 m high Säuling. The tour lasts a good 5 hours, 1150 meters in altitude have to be overcome. As I said, we didn’t want to overdo it and chose 3 bike and 2 hiking tours, where we could also stop for a swim.
BIKE TOUR AROUND THE FORGGENSEE
Our first bike tour took us around the idyllic Forggensee. The Forggensee dams the Lech and is the fifth largest lake in Bavaria. The path is well signposted, you cycle for a long time directly on the lake and otherwise through nice little villages and green meadows. You can find the tour on the official website of the city of Füssen.
We recommend the round from the boat harbor in Füssen in a clockwise direction. On the way back, there are always wonderful views of the mountains (see title picture at the top) and of course the world-famous castles.
With a little more than 30 km and a total of only about 200 meters in altitude
you can do it without a break in 2 to 3 hours, depending on your fitness level. We found it far too beautiful not to take a break, so we were out and about almost the whole day, including a swimming stop.
There are several places to stop for refreshments on the circular cycle route (restaurant at the boat harbor in Füssen, Café Maria near Osterreinen with a lakeside terrace, kiosk at Lake Illasbergsee, Café Gerlinde in Schwangau with super delicious homemade cakes and tarts) and many bathing opportunities (Strandbad Maria near Osterreinen, bathing area Dietringen near Roßhaupten , Strandbad Illasbergsee, Hegratsrieder See, etc. – no admission everywhere).
If the whole tour around the Forggensee is too much for you, you can also shorten it and simply do part by boat. There are a total of 8 boat docks on the Forggensee and you can take your bike with you on the steamers.
For us, this was the most scenic tour. If you are in Füssen, you should definitely make time for it!
6 LAKES BIKE TOUR AROUND FÜSSEN: MITTERSEE, OBERSEE, ALATSEE, WEISSENSEE, HOPENSEE AND FORGGENSEE
On our second bike tour you will pass a total of 6 lakes. We started in Füssen from our holiday apartment in the old town and drove past the beautiful town hall (a look into the inner courtyard is worth it!) down to the Lech Bridge and along the Lech to Bad Faulenbach. There is the Mittersee and the Obersee, 2 small lakes next to each other, each with a public bathing area with a kiosk, diving board and slide. We liked the Obersee better.
From there we continue on the car-free road to the Alatsee with a restaurant right on the water. After a short stretch through the forest, it’s a relaxed descent to Weissensee, at the other end of which a small lido with a kiosk awaits.
Via small villages and side roads you then reach the Hopfensee, which is not called the “Allgäu Riviera” for nothing. Of course, there is also a lido here (Seepark brand new with a restaurant and lounge terrace) and one restaurant next to the other along the entire Uferstrasse. But the most beautiful thing is the amazing view of the mountains behind.
On the way back to Füssen, if you still have the time and inclination
you can cycle back a bit along the Forggensee and the Lech, or simply take the direct route on the cycle path along the road into town.
We found the tour at Bergfex , the Kneipp bike tour. As the name suggests, there are numerous Kneipp spots along the way, but we didn’t try them. With 26 km and a total of 200 meters in altitude, the route can be completed in two hours, and it can also be shortened by cycling from Weissensee directly to Hopfensee via the cycle paths.
EXCURSION BY BIKE TO HOHENSCHWANGAU TO THE WORLD-FAMOUS NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE
The third bike tour took us to Hohenschwangau to the Alpsee and from there back via Austria and the Lechfall. The tour is available on Komoot – the Alpsee round from Füssen .
At 18 km and 240 meters in altitude, this is the shortest of our tours with a pure driving time of around 1.5 hours. We start again in Füssen from the old town down to the Lech, ride along the Lech, over the Lech bridge on the cycle path to Hohenschwangau where we can already see Neuschwanstein Castle from afar.
We then parked our bikes in Hohenschwangau and walked up
The signposted path to the Marienbrücke (45 minutes, but there is also a bus for 3€), from where you have a wonderful postcard view of Neuschwanstein Castle:
Of course, if you like, you can also visit the two castles or the Museum of the Bavarian Kings. Information and online tickets are available at www.hohenschwangau.de .
Down again at the end of the village is the Alpsee, a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, some of which are steep. Behind the Alpsee, a well-signposted cycle path leads over the old border crossing to Austria down to Unterpinswang. From there you follow the road back to Füssen where you can still pass the Lechfall.
HIKING TOUR AROUND THE SCHWANSEE AND ALPSEE
On our first hiking tour we walked around the Schwansee and Alpsee. We walk from the old town to the Lechbrücke, cross it and at the small church on the right opposite we climb up the path to the Kalvarienberg. At the top you have a great view of the city of Füssen with the town hall, monastery and High Castle, on the other side you can already see the Schwansee with the two royal castles behind it.
It then goes down to this on the other side.
We walk along the lake to the left. The Schwansee is very tranquil, the two footbridges tempt you to stop for a swim. We continue along the lake to the southern end, where we cross the next hill on the signposted Fischersteig. On the other side is the Alpsee, around which you can walk around:
You then also pass the small lido, ideal for hot days, as trees also provide shade there. In our opinion, it was also the coldest lake of all. Admission €3, small cafe. You have a direct view of both royal palaces from the sunbathing area.
Also on the way around the lake there are always fantastic views of the lake, forests
Mountains and castles. A single idyll. The way back is via the Fischersteig and along the other side of the Schwansee in the direction of Kalvarienberg. Either back there as on the way there or follow the signs in the direction of Ziegelwies and Füssen and then in the direction of Lechfall and Maxsteg.
Via the roar of the Lechfall, you then return to Bad Faulenbach and along the Lech to Füssen. We found the tour at Bergwelten and slightly shortened the beginning because we didn’t want to walk the detour to the Lechfall twice. It was about 13 km pure running time, about 2.5 hours and with an altitude difference of 370 meters it was quite feasible.
HIKING FROM SCHWANGAU TO THE ROHRKOPFHÜTTE
For our second hiking tour we drove to Schwangau to the Tegelbergbahn. There we tackled the circular route to the Drehhütte and the Rohrkopfhütte, covering almost 10 km and about 500 meters in altitude in 3 hours. It took us much longer as we kept stopping for photo stops and enjoying the view.
The tour is described at Outdooractive.com
But all you really have to do is walk straight from the first parking lot to the left after the bridge into the green and follow the signs to the Drehhütte or Rohrkopfhütte. To descend, follow the signs to the Tegelberg valley station.
We stopped at the Rohrkopfhütte and sat there on the sun terrace with a magnificent view of Neuschwanstein Castle and the lake landscape and would have preferred to stay there.
Tip: The descent is quite steep, which can make it quite slippery when it rains. If you are out and about in bad weather or have knee problems, for example, we recommend starting the tour with the ascent from the Tegelbergbahn valley station.
That was not our last time in Fussen! The city and the surrounding area offer plenty of entertainment, cosiness and a variety of outdoor experiences.