Of all the hotels in Füssen Germany, there's only one that caught my eye while planning my Romantic Road itinerary. Hotel Hirsch offered exactly what I needed in a hotel near Neuschwanstein Castle, plus more! The rustic charm, ideal location, and affordability were just a few of the things that attracted me to Hotel Hirsch. Once I arrived, I knew I'd made the right choice on where to stay in Füssen.
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Why Stay in Füssen?
If you're planning a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle, you've likely read about the luxurious resort town of Schwangau. Located at the foot of Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau is an ideal place to stay IF YOU HAVE MONEY TO BURN. The fact is, Schwangau is nothing more than a collection of overpriced hotels, restaurants, and shops dedicated to Neuschwanstein tourism. Because of the proximity to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles, parking and traffic can be quite terrible even though Schwangau is quite small. Buses full of tourists come in and out of the village throughout the day, giving the town a Disney-like atmosphere.
Located a short 8-minute drive from Schwangau, Füssen offers tourists a taste of the local Bavarian culture and more reasonable accommodations near Neuschwanstein. And compared to Schwangau, shopping and dining in Füssen are much more varied. Plus, the range of inns and hotels in Fussen surpass Schwangau accommodations by far.
Staying in Füssen also makes it easy to access some of the other attractions in the area. In addition to the King Ludwig's castles, the area is also famous for the many nearby lakes, forest trails, thermal spa, monasteries, and more. Position yourself in Füssen to take advantage of all the area has to offer. With more than 700 years of history and culture, Füssen is the ideal hub for exploring the idyllic landscape surrounding Neuschwanstein.
Where to Stay in Füssen?
As I said, Hotel Hirsch was the obvious choice for me. The charm and location caught my eye while scanning travel planning sites in search of a place to stay near Neuschwanstein. I loved the lovely pale pink exterior and the Art Nouveau architecture. And the fact that it was walking distance to the center of the Füssen made it an ideal choice. The fact that it's family owned and operated sealed the deal. We often choose locally owned hotels over chain hotels while traveling to maximize our budget and turn up the charm.
Arriving at Hotel Hirsch
I arrived exhausted and weary having driven (quite slowly) through rain and snow from Munich to Füssen. Because Hotel Hirsch is located just off the main road, finding the hotel was a breeze and finding a parking spot was even easier. I was greeted warmly by the staff and given a hand getting my bags from the car into the hotel. It was a bit of a struggle with the snow and ice because I didn't have the proper footwear. Who knew it'd be snowing in May? The helpful staff and cozy atmosphere immediately warmed my heart to Füssen.
After being given a quick tour of the lobby and commons area downstairs, I settled into my cozy single room. The heat radiating through the room made it hard not to curl up in bed, so I opened the window to watch the snow fall and breath the crisp, mountain air. It wasn't long before I was ready to head out to explore Füssen and find some lunch!
I can't say enough about the location of Hotel Hirsch. The heart of the city is only a quick five-minute walk from the steps of the hotel, making it ridiculously easy to explore Füssen on foot.
Don't worry about struggling to find public parking or navigating narrow streets. Leave your rental car at the hotel and hit the pavement. Explore Altstadt von Fuessen, the shopping district of Füssen in search of traditional Bavarian dress. View the oldest fresco in Germany at St Mang's Basilica. Walk down to the Lech River in search of the perfect photograph.
Hotel Hirsch is ideally suited for all these activities, plus it's easy to access from the main road. The location makes it easy to drive to outlying areas to explore Lech Falls, Lake Forggensee, Neuschwanstein Castle, Tegelberg Cable Car, and much more.
Dining at Hotel Hirsch
Snow fell as evening settled in, making my decision to dine in the Hotel Hirsch restaurant seem smarter (and warmer) than ever. Anxious to write about my first day on the road, I first settled into the rustic pub downstairs. The pub was filled with playful families on vacation and locals gents chatting over a beer. Instantly I knew it was the perfect place to warm my bones while I worked. Soon, I found myself in the main dining hall waiting for what promised to be an elegant meal and listening to other tourists talk about their day's adventure.
Service in the Hotel Hirsch restaurant was stellar which helped this solo traveler feel right at home. The lovely dining hall is perfect for romantic meals for two but cozy enough for solo diners to fit in well. Traditional Bavarian dishes, as well as seasonal specials, make up the menu offerings. And the local beer was crisp and clean, making it hard to say no to a second.
A Cozy Night's Sleep
The single room was ideal for solo travel and very well-priced. So much so that I wondered how well I'd sleep. Perhaps the mattress was lumpy or the room chilly. To my surprise, I found it quite easy to rest under the down comforter atop the fluffy mattress. And the radiant heater kept the room snuggly warm all night while the snow fell outside.
Breakfast and a View
The next morning I quickly showered and rushed down for breakfast. Eager to get to Neuschwanstein, I gobbled up what was probably the best breakfast on my trip to Germany. Sliced meats and cheese, parboiled eggs, and freshly baked rolls await visitors every morning in the breakfast hall at Hotel Hirsch. The themed decor and staff uniforms make breakfast seem more like an event than a meal. Looking out the window at Füssen under a blanket of fresh snow while sipping your morning cup of coffee is what vacation is all about.
Back upstairs it was time to explore before leaving Hotel Hirsch. I wanted to see the rooftop terrace even if it was covered in snow. And, boy, was I glad I did. Perched just above the rooftops of Füssen, the rooftop terrace gives visitors a pristine view of the city and the surrounding Alps. Summer evenings on the terrace are probably close to perfection. Standing there breathing the cold morning air while admiring Füssen from above, I knew I'd made a perfect choice. Hotel Hirsch will always have a special place in my heart and the only hotel in Füssen for me.
Hotel Hirsch Amenities
Single, Double, Triple, & Quadruple Rooms at Affordable Rates
Free On-site Parking
Free WiFi & Library
Pub & Beer Garden
Private Dining Halls
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