Füssen's landmark, the Hohes Schloss (high castle), sits on a high rock and overlooks the village. Hohes Schloss is one of Bavaria's largest and best-preserved Gothic castle complexes, and is the former summer residence and fortress of the prince bishops of Augsburg.

The first castle on the hill dates back to the age of Roman Empire. The current castle was built in the 13-15th century. It was already integrated to city fortifications in 1363 and largely extended and renovated by bishop Friedrich II in the late 1400s and again around 1680 by Prince Bishop Johann Christoph von Freyberg.

The north wing of the palace contains the Staatsgalerie (State Gallery), with regional paintings and sculpture from the 15th and 16th centuries. The Städtische Gemäldegalerie (City Paintings Gallery) below is a showcase of 19th-century artists.

The inner courtyard is a masterpiece of illusionary architecture dating back to 1499.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Natálie Sepankevyčová (3 years ago)
Beautiful castle. Not sure if it worth the wait. I definitely recommend booking the tickets online, otherwise you’ll spend 2 hours in a line (during the summer). The tour is not very long, but the rooms inside are just gorgeous
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