Ludwig II's fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein brings many international visitors to Füssen for their first visit. The natural beauty of the area and our charming small town is what brings people back time and time again.
Our family has operated Hotel Ruchti since 1908 and we offer a unique experience to our guests. The part of Füssen we live in is a federally designated natural spring area called "Bad Faulenbach." In our peaceful valley, there is little traffic to distract from the beautiful mountain vistas of our "home peak," the Säuling (2047m) and the Tegelberg Mountains. At the same time, you are only a 10-15 minute walk from Füssen's charming old town and just a short drive away from the famous castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.
Many of our guests come here to enjoy the many miles of walking and biking trails or to swim in the natural lakes of Mittersee and Obersee, just a few steps away from our front door. Others use our peaceful hotel with its traditional Bavarian cuisine as a base for exploring the region; in addition to the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, it's easy to visit Ludwig's other palace of Linderhof, the Zugspitze,
If you are interested in relaxation, Hotel Ruchti offers a rich selection of wellness, massage, whole body treatments, and even Hopi ear candle and hot stones. We also have a well-appointed fitness room and a Finnish sauna.
We look forward to welcoming you as our guests!
The family Baier-Ruchti and Team
Rooms: All of our rooms are equipped with a private WC, shower, telephone, TV and safe.
Many of our rooms features a south facing balcony with a view toward the Allgäuer Alps und Füssen's signature mountain, the Säuling (2047m). Have a look at the many packages we offer. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. All rooms are non-smoking.
Book the combination ticket on the website of the castles and try to get the earliest tour of the day. After your visit to the castles, consider visiting Tegelberg Mountain. You can take a fast cable car ride up and watch the hang gliders and parasailers soar around the area. There are two places to eat and have a drink on the mountain top, as well as many hiking opportunities.
Our Personal Castle Visit Tips:
1. Always make a reservation in advance, on-line. When you get to the ticket center to retrieve your tickets, you can skip the main line and save a ton of time!
2. Book a morning tour! Lots of people come just for the day and the area around the castle can be extremely busy. By Noon, it's often swarming with people. If you can’t do that, then booking one of the last tours of the day is also an option.
3. It’s a long walk up the hill, but if you plan on 45 minutes, you can do it with lots of breaks along the way.
4. Visit the Marienbrücke for a spectacular side view of the castle. From the bridge to the castle you need about 15 minutes, one way.
5. We recommend the bus on the way up. See the Marienbrücke (Bridge), then walk about 15 minutes to Neuschwanstein. After your tour, the walk is all downhill or you can walk a bit downhill and catch one of the horse drawn taxis.
6. Add Schloss Hohenschwangau to your day. Hohenschwangau is at the same location, so it’s super easy to fit this in. This castle is where the royal family lived and is still owned by Wittelsbachs!
The quaint town of Füssen is often overlooked by the many tourists rushing to see Neuschwanstein. Sadly, they are missing a jewel! Our town has a long history, unique architecture, the High Castle, and many unique shops to explore. With just 15,000 residents, Füssen lies not only on the rich green Lech River, but also on the famous Romantic Road, which ends at the door of the Abbey of St. Stephan in downtown Füssen.
The Roman road, the Via Claudia Augusta, winds its way past Füssen and crosses over Lake Forggen. The 2047 Meter high, pyramid shaped Säuling with its imposing silhouette is the "Home Peak" of the city. The 1881 Meter high massif of the Tegelberg with its enclosed gondola lift near Schwangau is quite close.
The area surrounding Füssen, the King's Corner, or Königswinkel is a paradise for walkers, hikers, and cyclists. From the easiest of strolls to a technical expedition or from a leisurely cycle to a challenging Mountain Bike tour, there is something for everyone. With over 200 km of marked trails just in the area of Füssen, the varied landscapes of soaring mountains and idyllic alpine lakes will be sure to capture your heart.
Füssen offers a wealth of trekking opportunities well into November each year. From high alpine hikes with gorgeous vistas to a quaint hut-to-hut tour, like the Saloberalm (www.saloberalm.de), challenging hikes to easy walks, there is something for everyone.
Our part of Füssen is called Bad Faulenbach. This was previously an independent municipality, which was incorporated in 1923 into the town of Füssen. Since then, the beautiful Faulenbach is a Füssener district, which also is a popular mineral and mud spa and a much visited Kneippkurort, a curative spa area, which has been federally recognized since 1968.
It is just a ten minute walk from our enchanted valley to the city of Füssen along the riverside path of the Lech River. With a walk of some 20-30 minutes, albeit over a somewhat steep incline, the spectacular Lech waterfall can be reached from Bad Faulenbach. From the King Maximillian pedestrian bridge you can enjoy magnificent views of the roaring waters that rush down to seven meters deep over five cascade stairs into the ravine.
Did you know that we are located close to other famous sites? Just a few miles across the Austrian border are many castles known as the Ehrenberg complex. It’s possible to hike up to these ruins, or you can simply enjoy them from below. This is also the route to Germay’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze (2962 m). Not far from the Zugspitze – just past Garmisch-Partenkirchen is Schloss Linderhof, the only one of Ludwig II's palaces which was completed. A stone’s throw from there is the Benedictine monastery, Kloster Ettal, which was founded in 1330. From here, it's also a short drive on to Oberammergau, the small town famous for the Passion Play every 10 years. Oberammergau is also famous for the many elaborate paintings on the homes and buildings as well as the locally produced wood carvings. Less than 30 km away is the Wieskirche, a rococo church on the UNESCO World Heritage list. If you want to stop and visit all the sites in this route, you may need two days to complete this circuit. If don't have a car with you, we are happy to arrange a short term rental for you or we can help you arrange for a driver.