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Fussen

The end (or start) of the road

sunny 28 °C

After a few abortive attempts to find a spot to park and after heading in the wrong direction for quite a way we pulled into Fussen which is the last (or first) town identified along the Romantic Road.
As we came closer the landscape changed dramatically, we were seeing the Bavarian Alps in the distance looking so spectacular and often with clear lakes of rivers in the foreground
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One piece of information we looked at told of Roman Emperors from the time of Christ who levied taxes at this site as it was a busy transit point for travelers and for trade.
Everyone had the same idea as us and we are currently in the midst of peak holiday time in this part of the world. The van parking sites we had read about were all full and as it was getting late in the day and the weather was very warm a few vans decided to pull into the far end of the ALDI carpark. By the next morning there was about a dozen. We ended staying two nights and by the second morning the entire ALDI carpark was full of vans!!!!!!!

Fussen met all the charm criteria in 'spades' but in addition it had the amazing backdrop of alps, lake and river. We took time to explore some more of its historic sites which included the baroque abbey which again had history that was at least 1000 years old and had been built on the credentials of St Mungo (most frequently referred to as St Mung)
There was also a very interesting mural on the wall of St Annes's Chapel commissioned by St Mang's Abbey called 'Danse Macbre' created in 1602 which depicts 20 individual characters of all ages and social classes (including the Pope) all dancing with death in the form of a skeleton. The message under says "Say yes or say no, you must dance" It is the oldest surviving of its kind in Bavaria.
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The building itself was so unique with domes opening up into the floor above and a spectacular library, but it also housed displays around such things as the craft of violin making. Fussen also has a castle, most appreciated for the views it offers of the town and surrounding areas.
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John also explored some of the castles from the air with his drone, but you may have to check his facebook page to see the footage.
The highlight was the street life in the evening, street cafes are all open with the weather really perfect for eating outside but there was also exciting, live street entertainment which was such fun.
We listened to a woman belt out "You're the Voice" and watched very different performers entertain. The most exciting was a band of about 25 drummers performing, with a 3 times life size puppet dancing in time.
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It was hard to leave but we still had to ride back in the dark to our ALDI carpark

Posted by Seniorcitizens 07:07 Archived in Germany

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