With its brightly painted houses, atmospheric taverns, and magical Christmas market, Fussen makes an appealing base from which to explore the Bavarian Alps. See below for our selection of top day tours from Fussen, which whisk travelers to the region’s must-see sights, from fantastical castles to fairytale woodlands.
Neuschwanstein Castle—2.5 miles (4 kilometers) away
Famously used as inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, this massive hilltop edifice—built as a lavish retreat for King Ludwig II—is one of the most extravagant castles in Europe. Complete your visit with a horse-drawn carriage ride from Neuschwanstein to the Hohenschwangau village, where you can see Hohenschwangau Castle, the Mad King’s childhood home.
Lake Constance—80 miles (130 kilometers) away
Fed by the mighty Rhine river and flowing across three countries—Switzerland, Germany, and Austria—vast Lake Constance is at the heart of one of Europe’s most enchanting regions. Visit 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.
Black Forest—about 167 miles (270 kilometers) away
Though the name may sounds eerie, this expanse of evergreen woodland, hills, and river-threaded valleys is extremely scenic and pretty. Follow the German Clock Trail to the many clock factories and clock-making workshops; relax in the historic spa town of Baden Baden; visit the Maulbronn Monastery UNESCO World Heritage Site; or take a boat cruise on the glacial lake of Titisee.
Bavaria Highlights—distances vary
Fussen’s strategic setting makes it easy to do day trips that encompass several of Bavaria’s standout attractions. Opt for a castles tour and combine a trip to Neuschwanstein with a visit to Linderhof Castle (28 miles or 45 kilometers away), Ludwig’s smaller but no less elaborate palace. En route, stop by the village of Oberammergau (31 miles or 50 kilometers away), where the Passion Play is performed once every 10 years.
Romantic Road—distances vary
Fussen is the southern gateway to the Romantic Road, a 220-mile (355-kilometer) driving route that leads past castles, medieval villages, and Franconian vineyards. While a multi-day trip is needed to cover the whole route, you can enjoy a number of highlights on a single-day trip. Explore the 2,000-year-old city of Augsburg (63 miles or 102 kilometers away), or the walled medieval town of Rothenburg (152 miles or 256 kilometers away).