It turns out that thanks to not being immune to a couple of contagious childhood illnesses, it is illegal for me to work until I am at the end of my twentieth week of pregnancy. So, whilst I am at home for the next couple of weeks, I shall make the most of it by writing about the places we have visited recently, but I have been far too unorganised to tell you about. Better late than never though right?
So here’s my feedback on beautiful Fussen – famous for exquisitely handmade violins, its incredibly iconic neighbour, and for being at the very end of the Romantic Road.
Should you have Neuschwanstein on your Bavarian bucket list (and let’s face it, many visitors do), then more fool you for if you don’t make time to stop off at Fussen! Friends have been telling us to go for years, but we hadn’t made it – until recently.
Reminiscent of gorgeous Rothenberg, just surrounded by forests and mountains instead of being perched on top of a hill, Fussen has stacks going for it. Castles, baroque buildings, winding picturesque streets, an indoor food market (where you can sit with a drink, try a few local specialities, and/or just people watch), plenty of gorgeous walks in the surrounding countryside, and it also boasts several decent restaurants. And if that’s not enough it’s a mere 3 miles from the Austrian border so you can pop to another country for a while should you wish.
Yes it’s a little touristy, but then again most of the “big” stops on the Romantic Road are. If you can get past that, then it’s worth spending a day or so here at least – exploring, walking and eating. I would say it’s worth it for the scenery alone!
Where to stay: We stayed at the incredibly welcoming Hotel Sonne, currently enjoying a No.1 spot on Trip Advisor, and for good reason. It’s centrally located, the staff are friendly and welcoming, our interconnecting rooms quiet, comfortable and well-appointed, and the breakfasts just incredible. Deciding what to have will take you some time in the morning, which proved most problematic for the Small Girl who takes after her father in her indecisiveness. Luckily it is a buffet breakfast so that solved that problem!
Where to Eat: We ate at Ristorante Kelari for lunch on one day. This Greek restaurant reminded us of recent holidays in warmer climes, and set us up for the rest of the day with delicious souvlaki, grilled squid, tarama and Greek salads.
We also had a great dinner at Ristorante Pizzeria il Pescatore (you must book to get a table), for an evening full of Calabrian specialities, and the nicest home-made pizza I have tried outside of Italy. It’s worth asking for a small pizza for any children you may have with you. If that’s small, I hate to see what the large one looks like!
I have added Fussen to our list of places that all of us would return to before our time in this part of the world is up…
Oh, I almost forgot. This week it has come as something of a surprise to find out that I have been nominated for a Brilliance in Blogging Award for my photography. I didn’t get a travel nomination this year, which I have to say I am quite relieved about considering all long haul travel is off the radar for me at the moment at least! Although I am in amazing company amongst friends whose photography skills I can only dream about, if you would like to vote for me, I would be forever grateful! Thanks so much!