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Museum of the city of Füssen

The region of Füssen is widely known for it's many palaces, castles and traditional buildings. If you want to go back to the time of the fairy tale king Ludwig II, a visit to the castle of Neuschwanstein or Hohenschwangau can bring the history back to life. You can even travel back further in time and have a look at the remains of the old roman tower in the middle of the old town in Füssen.

If you don't care too much about large sights or if they're too far away for you can also visit one of the several museums in the region of Füssen.

The most renown among the several museums if the museum of the city of Füssen. It's located in the previous benedictine monastery St. Mang, which in itself is a piece of Bavarian religious history and offers a look into the past. The baroque monastery with it's many, luxurious representative rooms has a history that dates back almost 1000 years. It was the home to monks and the spiritual center of the region until the year 1803, when it was dissolved due to napoleon's wars. The area was bought by the city of Füssen in the year 1909. In the north wing, the administration of the city constructed it's town hall, as well as an archive. The museum is housed in the south wing of the monastery.

Füssen's dance of death
The showpiece within the museum is Füssen's dance of death, although the monastery itself is also impressive enough to be considered as such. The depiction of death in allegoric form came into existence in the 14th century and unites motifs of death and dance. Füssen's dance of death was created by the artist Jakob Hiebeler in 1602 and is known as the most important piece of art in the museum of the city of Füssen. Depicted on it are the symbolic representatives of twenty professions including the pope and the emperor, that all follow death in a parade.

Lute and violin exhibition
In a special exhibition by the museum of the city of Füssen one can find the history of the lute and violin makers. Füssen is know as the birthplace of the lute and as a home of instrument makers, which is the reason why this special exhibition came into existence. Visitors can find artfully handcrafted instruments that date back several centuries.

The castle of Falkenstein
The dreams of Ludwig II can also be seen far away from Neuschwanstein. An exhibition is dedicated to the castle of Falkenstein which never came into existence. This planned project was supposed to be an impressive monument for Ludwig's obsession with the myth of the grail. His untimely death put an end to these plans, which is the reason why the only existing remains of the plans are construction sketches and archived documents. In the museum one can find a computer animation of the castle that never came into existence.

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