Füssen

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Füssen
October 2009 aerial view of Füssen
October 2009 aerial view of Füssen
Coat of arms of Füssen
Location of Füssen within Ostallgäu district
Füssen in OAL.svg
Füssen is located in Germany
Füssen
Füssen
Füssen is located in Bavaria
Füssen
Füssen
Coordinates: 47°34′N 10°42′E / 47.567°N 10.700°E / 47.567; 10.700Coordinates: 47°34′N 10°42′E / 47.567°N 10.700°E / 47.567; 10.700
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionSchwaben
DistrictOstallgäu
Government
 • Mayor (2020–26) Maximilian Eichstetter[1] (CSU)
Area
 • Total43.52 km2 (16.80 sq mi)
Elevation
808 m (2,651 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total15,538
 • Density360/km2 (920/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
87629
Dialling codes08362
Vehicle registrationOAL, FÜS, MOD
Websitestadt-fuessen.de

Füssen is a town in Bavaria, Germany, in Ostallgäu, 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. As of 2020-12-31, the town has a population of 15,538.

Geography[change | change source]

Lech Falls in 1857.

Füssen is on the sides of the Lech River, which flows into the Forggensee. The Forggensee is a man-made lake which was built to prevent flooding.[source?] It is the drainage area for all the melting snow in the spring, and is drained after the middle of October.

Füssen at night with Ammergau Alps-mountains Tegelberg (left) and Säuling (right); in the middle Neuschwanstein Castle

Füssen is 808 meters (2,651 ft) above sea level, surrounded by mountains of the Ammergau Alps. The castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are near the town. At latitude 47°34 N it is one of the southernmost towns in Germany, at about the same latitude as Seattle, Washington, United States.

St. Mang Basilica.
St Mang's Basilica and former monastery viewed from the bridge over the River Lech
The Forggensee with Füssen in the distance.
Füssen and the Lech River.
Lech Falls.

Twin towns and cities[change | change source]

Füssen is twinned with:[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Liste der ersten Bürgermeister/Oberbürgermeister in kreisangehörigen Gemeinden, Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik, 15 July 2021.
  2. "Tabellenblatt "Daten 2", Statistischer Bericht A1200C 202041 Einwohnerzahlen der Gemeinden, Kreise und Regierungsbezirke". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik (in German). June 2021.
  3. "Partnerstädte" (in German). Füssen Tourismus und Marketing, Stadt Füssen. Retrieved 2015-03-14.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Feistle: Materialien zur Geschichte der Stadt Füssen, Füssen, 1861.
  • Wüst, Wolfgang: "Füssen", in: Werner Paravicini, ed.: Höfe und Residenzen im spätmittelalterlichen Reich: ein dynastisch-topographisches Handbuch, 2 Teilbde (1: Dynastien und Höfe, 2: Residenzen) (Residenzenforschung 15 I/ 1,2) Ostfildern 2003, Bd. 1, pp. 204–205

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