Museum & St. Mang’s Abbey
Be sure to visit both landmarks during your stay in Fussen!
Visit St. Mang’s Abbey and the impressive High Castle of Fussen, towering high above the town.
Both places are keepers of the town’s cultural heritage.
The Fussen Museum
Fussen’s museum is located within St. Mang’s impressive four-winged baroque building, which towers high above the River Lech. Next to the gorgeously decorated baroque halls, you will have the chance to see the Fussen “Death Dance”, a well-known tapestry depicting the power of death over human life. It is the oldest of its kind still left intact today. Since Fussen came to be the most renowned place for lute and violin making in Europe during the 18th Century, you will be able to view one of the finest collections on the continent here. St. Mang’s basilica, which used to serve as the abbey’s church, contains the oldest intact fresco in Bavaria. The basilica was used as an architectural model for St. Jacob’s Cathedral in Innsbruck, Tyrol.
St. Mang’s Abbey
The walls of the former Benedictine abbey of St. Mang rise gloriously above the River Lech. Its history dates back to the 8th Century, when the town’s patron saint Magnus built a simple monk’s cell in the same place the abbey stands today. Later on, the architect Johann Jakob Herkomer unified the many cluttered buildings belonging to the abbey, creating one magnificent structure. Today, it houses the Fussen Museum, the town council and the parish church.