Magnus himself, an 8th-century Irish missionary, founded this abbey on the site of his wilderness cell, and he’s buried here—or was, as his bones went missing some time in those dark ages and all that remains is a tiny sliver of clavicle that hangs above the altar. Some of the former monks’ cells and some rather grand frescoed halls house the Heimatmuseum, one of the world’s stellar collections of lutes and violins. Europe’s first lute maker’s guild was founded in Füssen in the 16th century. For the next 3 centuries the town was renowned for its violin makers, whose equipment is also on show. The Chapel of St. Anne is frescoed with a macabre Totentanz or “dance of death,” a popular medieval European allegorical theme in which corpses succumb to a violin-playing specter, proving, less the faithful ever forget it, that death comes to us all.
- Frommer's Staff