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FüSSEN - A WINTER FAIRYTALE

from £1150
Füssen's location on the edge of the alps never fails to captivate visitors; formed by imposing peaks and an idyllic lake land area.
  • Product Code 30850
  • Holiday Type Winter Spirit Holidays
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Fussen, A Winter Fairytale

Bavaria is a true gem of Germany; rich in history, old time traditions, with a unique identity, and a striking beauty. A land of fairy tales, Bavaria is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, but we think that winter is extra special. Feel invigorated by the pure mountain air; enjoy long periods of fine weather with clear visibility allowing for spectacular views of snow capped mountain peaks, fairytale castles and stunning winter scenery. The surrounding countryside is blessed with a number of large and small lakes, a paradise for walkers. We walk through well-tracked gentle forest roads and paths magically transformed by fresh layers of snow.

We are based in the delightful and cosy, 700 year old town of Füssen, just north of the Austrian border, in the heart of the finest holiday region. Its attractive location on the edge of the Alps never fails to captivate visitors. Formed by imposing peaks and an idyllic lakeland area, this was the inspiration for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. At an altitude of 800 metres, it is amongst the highest towns in Bavaria.

This is the Königswinkel, home to Bavaria’s most charming attractions such as the stunning and beautifully located palace castles of Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Linderhof, 'places of paradise', as King Ludwig II used to call them. The introverted king built the castles in order to withdraw from public life - today ironically hordes of tourists come in their masses to view his private refuge; luckily we visit in the quieter winter months, avoiding the crowds. Our first departure will allow us to see the New Year in this winter wonderland.

And at the end of a pleasant day’s walking in this winter paradise, we can relax in our welcoming, family run spa and wellness hotel, and admire the surrounding alpine scenery.

As with all winter activities snow cannot be guaranteed. However the walks are equally spectacular on snow shoes or walking boots.


Holiday Highlights

  • Lakeland and woodland walks with splendid views.
  • Explore the stunning fairytale residences of King Ludwig II.
  • Excursions to Oberammergau and Linderhof Royal Lodge – a pocketsized palace.
  • We stay in a comfortable spa hotel, a short walk from the centre of town.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights and airport transfers.
      Half board en-suite accommodation.
      Services of a dedicated leader.
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/WW

  1. Day 1

    We fly from London Heathrow, Birmingham or Manchester to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel to Fussen by private coach. 

  2. Day 2 to 7

    For the following 6 days we will enjoy some scenic winter walks in and around Fussen. 

     

    Some of the walks that are likely to be included in our programme are as follows:

    Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein 
    An attractive walk through the woods to take in the views (or visit) the spectacularly located castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein. 5miles (8km), Ascent 390m / Descent 280m 3 hours of walking plus extra time for a visit. 

     
    Bleckenau Alm
    We walk through the woods, initially uphill, and then the path flattens all the way to the Bleckenau Alm where we will stop for lunch. 8miles (12km), Ascent / Descent 367m.

     

    Hohenschwangu - Alpsee - Schluxen (in Austria)
    This walk takes us to the border with Austria at Schluxen where we will stop for lunch. 9miles (14km), Ascent / Descent 170m.

     

    We will either begin our walks directly from the hotel and return by local bus, or take a local bus to reach our starting point and return on foot to the hotel. We intentionally do not include entrance fees in conjunction with the programme of walks on this holiday, this way you only pay for the activities you take part in. You should allow approximately £30 to cover the cost of the entrance fee into Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castle and the optional trip to Oberammergau. 

     
    There will be one free day offered during the week. On a free day we may have the opportunity to visit the, historical town of Oberammergau the centre of the Passion play, and another of King Ludwig’s favourite castles; Linderhof Palace. 

  3. Day 8

    We travel by private coach to Munich Airport, where we take a flight back to the UK. 

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c2hrs 30mins).
  • Flights Heathrow–Munich (c2hrs), British Airways.
  • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
  • Upgrades Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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Filser Kur-und Relaxhotel Füssen

The three star family run hotel is well located, just five minutes from lake Forggensee, near the centre of town and close to the iconic Neuschwantein castle. Surrounded by the fairytale Allgäu landscapes, you can enjoy the friendly welcome of the hotel, and its’ amenities including a spa, gym and restaurant. Breakfasts and dinners are included and the restaurant serves an excellent range of healthy food with high-quality, regionally sourced ingredients. The chef is particularly proud of the wonderful Bavarian Specialities they produce. Dinners are a full four courses with a choice of main. On New Year’s Eve we will enjoy a special festive dinner, followed by an ice cream buffet and a goulash soup at midnight, which will be accompanied by live music. Most rooms will have balconies offering superb views of the mountains and the castle. En-suite twin rooms are in the Austrian Style – (which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses (without a gap) with individual duvets). Single rooms as well as twin are equipped with satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and safe. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.