flashback friday | Füssen, Germany

I had almost forgotten about this place until I stumbled across
the photos on my laptop.
Ten seconds later I was right back there,
in the most picturesque little town,
like something out of a Bavarian fairytale,
at the foothill of Neuschwanstein Castle.

Fussen main street AKA Hauptstraße
Fussen main street AKA Hauptstraße (my original photo)

We arrived after a short two hour drive from my Tante & Onkel’s (Aunt & Uncle) place in Kulmbach, where we had stayed the night before. I had last seen them when I was 11 years old when they came to visit us in Australia. It was the best experience to rock up to their house and try and catch up in broken English and poorly executed German!

Forggensee lake
Forggensee lake (my original photo)
A cute little house we walked past
A cute little house we walked past (my original photo)

We took a stroll along lake Forggensee, which is a man-made lake to help prevent flooding in the surrounding basin from the melted snow following winter. We passed gorgeous Bavianesque houses.

Fussen at twilight
Fussen at twilight (pic via pinterest)

As with all German towns, Fussen has historic cobblestone streets, perfect for walking along after dinner on a Spring evening.

Fussen backstreets (pic via Pinterest)
Fussen backstreets (pic via Pinterest)
Forggensee jetty
Forggensee jetty (my original photo)
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)

As with most of the places we stayed on our European trip, we picked Hotel Hirsch from website Wotif. It was a gorgeous stay!

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)
Jay, checking out an antique cupboard in the hallway of Hotel Hirsch
My hubby Jay, checking out an antique cupboard in the hallway of Hotel Hirsch

After a long day sightseeing we got a little tipsy on schnapps and took silly photos in the antique-filled hotel hallways…

This throne was totally made for me! Hotel Hirsch
This throne was totally made for me! Hotel Hirsch

Don’t judge my ensemble…it was 2007!

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) This was our room!
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) This was our room!
entrance into our room
entrance into our room (my original photo)
The bed at Hotel Hirsch; the most beautiful bed in the world!
The bed at Hotel Hirsch; the most beautiful bed in the world! (my original photo)

Best.Room.Ever.

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) restaurant
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) restaurant

We ate lenchen spaetzle, just like my Oma made, in this gorgeous little booth!

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) rooftop
Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) rooftop
Jay & I mucking our about  at Hotel Hirsch
Jay & I mucking our about at Hotel Hirsch

The crazy Williams kids!

Neuschwanstein from a distance
Neuschwanstein from a distance (my original photo)

The next morning we went up the mountain to visit the famous Schloss Neuschwanstein! You may recognise it from the Disney logo!

The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to the operatic composer Richard Wagner. It took 20-odd years to build and is made of oak beams, cement & brick with limestone cladding that actually whitens as it ages.

Horse-drawn cart at Neuschwanstein
Horse-drawn cart at Neuschwanstein (my original photo)
view from inside Neuschwanstein
view from inside Neuschwanstein (my original photo)

I now have a bad case of wanderlust!

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