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Coburg Fortress (Veste Coburg)
The Coburg fortress, which is also called the
Franconian Crownbecause of its beauty and dominating location, rises high above the city with its mighty walls and towers. Covering approximately 135 x 260 meters, it is one of the largest and among the best preserved castle complexes in Germany.
Extraordinary collections of armor and weapons of war, partly originating from the former armory of the fortress, hunting weapons and hunting equipment, precious handicrafts, the oldest preserved carriages in the world, the great Hofstube with the largest completely preserved cast iron stove, pictures from Dürer, Cranach the Elder and Grünewald make a visit to Coburg Fortress into a one-of-a-kind experience.
Among the historic rooms, the Luther room is of particular interest, which is where the reformer lived for half a year in 1530 under the protection the Saxon electors. The grand Jagdintarsienzimmer (Marquetry Hunting Room), a completely wood-paneled room finished in 1632, as well as the large Hofstube and the festival hall completed in 1504 must also be seen, as well as the world famous cabinet of copper engravings with 330,000 items, one of the largest in Germany.
Hours: April - October, daily from 9am - 5pm; November - March, Tue - Sun 1pm - 4pm. Closed Shrove Tuesday, December 24th, 25th, and 31st.
Admission: 5 € Adults, 2.5 € Concessions, 10 € Family Card.
Ehrenburg Castle (Coburger Landesstiftung)
Ehrenburg castle served as the city residence of the Coburg dukes as of 1547. Today, from Schlossplatz, you can look at the Neo-Gothic façade from the 19th century, which came into being under Duke Ernst I (1806 - 1844) according to the designs of the famous Berlin architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Behind these imposing walls is a powerful complex that looks back on 450 years of history.
After a major fire, Ehrenburg Castle was converted into a Baroque residence under Duke Albrecht in 1690. Its splendor is still witnessed by the castle’s church, for example, and the Giant’s Hall with 28 mighty figures of Atlas. On the frieze under the ceiling, there are 56 coats of arms of the former territories of the House of Wettin, a witness to the thousand-year history of the family and its onetime significant dominion.
A tour through Ehrenburg also takes you to the private sanctum of its former residents. Specially furnished rooms remind visitors of the times Queen Victoria stayed there. Take a look into the former bed-chambers of the ruler and marvel there at the first toilet with flushing water on the European continent. Even Leopold I, a true Coburger who found his place in the history books as the first king of the Belgians, lived here in the castle. Also explore the apartment of Duke Ernst I and the castle’s chapel where the waltz king, Johann Strauss, was married in 1887. Also worth seeing are two valuable picture galleries including works from Lucas Cronach the Elder.
Hours: April 1 - September 30: Tue - Sun, 9am - 5pm. October 1 - March 31: Tue - Sun, 10am - 3pm. Closed Jan. 1st, Shrove Tuesday, December 24th, 25th, and 31st.
Admission: 4 € Adults, 3 € Concessions, free for ages 18 and under.
Rosenau Castle (Schloss Rosenau)
Queen Victoria of England noted of Rosenau Castle:
If I were not who I am, I would have my real home here.The fact that it is even possible to present the castle to visitors in an authentic condition is due to the Queen. She had watercolor paintings made of most of the rooms at Rosenau, which were used for the restoration and which still hang in Windsor Castle today. Her Majesty often dwelled in Rosenau Castle with her husband Prince Albert, who was born at Rosenau.
Hours: April - Sept., Tue - Sun, 9am - 5pm. Oct. - March, Tue - Sun, 10am - 3pm. Closed Jan. 1st, Shrove Tuesday, December 24th, 25th, and 31st.
Admission: 4 € Adults, 3 € Concessions, Children under 18 free.
[ source: Callenberg Castle website ]
Callenberg Castle (Schloss Callenberg)
Art historians count the former summer residence, Callenberg, as one of the most important secular monuments of the Coburg region after the Fortress. The name
Chalwinberchhas been officially documented since 1122. At the end of the 16th century, Duke Johann Casimir took ownership of the property and affectionately called it the
Ernst I had the castle redesigned as of 1827 and put in the landscaped park. His son Ernst II is responsible for the neo-Gothic façade from 1856 to 1860. The widow of Ernst II, Duchess Alexandrine, lived in Callenberg Castle exclusively as of 1893. Carl Eduard, the last reigning duke, resided in the castle until 1945. Today it is owned by the family foundation of the Coburg ducal family. With great devotion, Prince Andreas of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha took care of preserving it in line with historic monument regulations.
To its visitors, the castle tour provides a remarkable experience in many ways. Not only the collection of ducal art treasures of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha attract the attention of guests. Even the architecture of the castle, its interior furnishings and naturally the beautiful court and castle garden make it possible for a long bygone era to flourish once again.
In the west wing of Callenberg Castle, there is the German Rifle Museum. The sponsor of this facility, which was opened in 2004, is the German Shooting Federation (DSB). With 1.6 million members, it is the fourth-largest association within the German Sport Federation. The fact that the museum is in Coburg is not a coincidence, because the DSB was founded in 1861 by Duke Ernst II.
Hours: Open daily 11am - 5pm.
Admission: 5 € Adults, 10 € Family Card, children under 6 free.
Bad Rodach Hot Springs
Franconia's most beautiful hot springs are in the romantic village of Bad Rodach (17 km from Coburg). There is a spacious water park with two indoor and three outdoor pools, two therapy pools, steam baths, Kneipp facilities and a tepidarium. Spa services such as massages are available.
Hours: Mon-Tue 9am-9pm, Fri and Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-8pm.
Admission prices range according to day, length of stay and services.
Museum of Natural History
Exhibits of minerals, geology, paleontology, natural history of Coburg, prehistoric man, archaeology, ethnology, museum history, evolution, local ecology systems and biotopes, invertebrates, birds of the world, mammals and environmental education are housed in thirteen exhibition halls.
Hours: daily from 9am-5pm. Closed: Jan. 1, Shrove Tuesday, Good Friday, December 24th, 25th, and 31st.
Admission: 4.5 € Adults, 3 € Children.
Museum of the German Toy Industry with folklore doll collection with a focus on the history of the development of the local toy industry, from woodworking up to modern plastics processing. The museum also includes a folklore doll collection. There is an extensive program of events with special exhibitions, promotions for kids and adults, workshops, and seminars.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.
Admission: 3 € Adults, 1.50 € Concessions, 7 € Family Card.
Schloss Rosenau, Coburg
Schloss Rosenau, called in English The Rosenau or Rosenau Palace, is a former castle, converted into a ducal country house, between the towns of Coburg and Rödental, formerly in Saxe-Coburg, now lying in Bavaria, Germany.
Schloss Rosenau is perhaps most notable as the birthplace and boyhood home of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who became the consort of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom in 1840.
It should not be confused with another house of the same name at Waldviertel in Austria.
Callenberg Castle - hunting lodge and summer residence, last many years Coburg principal residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha - is due to its history and its neo-Gothic architectural style a listed monument. It stands on a wooded hill in the district of Coburg, Beiersdorf, in the north-west, six kilometers from the city center. The castle has since 1998, the ducal art collections as well as SCG since 2004, the German Rifle Museum and one of the special attractions of the city. P>
Ehrenburg Palace (German: Schloss Ehrenburg) is a palace in Coburg, Germany.
The palace was built by Johann Ernst, Duke of Saxe-Coburg, in 1543. The new city palace was built around a dissolved Franciscan monastery. In 1690 a fire destroyed the northern part of the palace. This was an opportunity for Albert V, Duke of Saxe-Coburg, who had a new Baroque style palace built in 1699. In the 19th Century, Ernst I had the palace redesigned by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in Gothic Revival style.
Because the palace was the home of the Ducal House Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (previously Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld), many royal occasions happened here. In 1860 Queen Victoria (who's mother and husband grew up here) met Austrian Emperor Franz Josef for the first time in the Giant's Hall (a sign marks the occasion).
In 1894 a royal wedding in Coburg brought together Queen Victoria, her son the future King Edward VII, her grandson King George V, her daughter, the Empress Friedrich, her other grandson Kaiser Wilhelm II, her other grandson future Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (with her granddaughter, future Tsarina Alexandra), and many other royalty from England, Greece, Belgium, Romania, Portugal and elsewhere.
The palace is used as a museum today.
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Coburg is a town located on the Itz River in Bavaria, Germany. Its 2005 population was 42,015. Long one of the Thuringian states of the Wettin line, it joined with Bavaria by popular vote in 1920. Before 1918, it was the smaller of the two capital cities in the united duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Coburg has the typical features of a former capital of German little states. There are numerous houses from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The most important landmarks include:
- Ehrenburg, a former Franciscan convent built in 1220 and turned into a castle in 1543-1549, and renovated until the 19th century. The internal decoration dates from the late 17th-early 18th centuries.
- St.-Moriz Church ("St. Maurice", 14th-16th centuries), is a Gothic edifice on the Hallenkirche plan with two towers. The interior, remade in 1701, include the notable funerary moment of Duke John Casimir, a 12 m-tall alabaster sculpture painted with statue and reliefs (1595-1598).
- The medieval Veste Coburg, one of the biggest and most beautiful castles in Germany. It was mostly rebuilt in the 19th century. It has a triple line of walls with numerous towers. Martin Luther resided here in 1530. The edifices contain today 3 museums with armories, art galleria, exhibitions and other attractions.
- Casimirium, an elegant Renaissance edifice from 1598.
- Gymnasium Casimirianum, begun in 1601.
- Arsenal (1616-1621).
- Coburg State Theater
- Coburg Doll Museum
- Callenberg Palace
- Town Hall (1414)
- Castle Rosenau near Coburg
- The Baroque sanctuary at the Basilica of the Vierzehnheiligen, 20 km outside the city.
Coburg is home to two major festivals: Samba Festival and Johann Strauss Musiktage. Coburg is referred to as "Europe's Capital of Samba".
As a result of the large presence of the US Army prior to German re-unification, Americans and American culture are still present in Coburg and the surrounding area. This influence ranges from American-style pubs and restaurants to two sports clubs sponsoring baseball teams.
Coburg can be reached by car via B 303 Schweinfurt-Coburg-Schirnding, B 4 Hamburg-Coburg-Nürnberg or highway A 73 Suhl-Coburg-Nürnberg. Seven-times Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has been a recently noted driver in Coburg.
Coburg has four train stations
- Coburg mainstation
From the Mainstation one can go to Lichtenfels, Bamberg (Bamberg vacation rentals | Bamberg travel guide), Forchheim (Forchheim vacation rentals | Forchheim travel guide), Erlangen (Erlangen vacation rentals | Erlangen travel guide), Fürth (Fürth vacation rentals | Fürth travel guide) and Nürnberg, to Neustadt bei Coburg, Sonneberg (Sonneberg vacation rentals | Sonneberg travel guide), to Bad Rodach and to Kulmbach (Kulmbach vacation rentals | Kulmbach travel guide), Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg.
In future the high speed train ICE will stop in Coburg, on the new route Berlin-Erfurt-Coburg-Nürnberg
Small planes can land on the two airfields:
- Coburg Brandensteinsebene (ICAO-Code: EDQC, founded in 1912),
- Coburg Steinrücken (ICAO-Code: EDQY).
Public transportation system
The public transportation system in Coburg is operated by SÜC (
Stadt- und Überlandwerke Coburg) with 22 bus lines. The OVF ("Omnibus Verkehr Franken") covers Coburg's surrounding countryside with additional 11 bus lines. At the moment a central bus station is being built near Theatre Square.
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More about the History of Coburg
Coburg lies about 90 km south of Erfurt (Erfurt vacation rentals | Erfurt travel guide) and about 100 km north of Nuremberg (Nuremberg vacation rentals | Nuremberg travel guide). Coburg was first mentioned in a document dated 1056, although there was a settlement at the site that predates it called Trufalistat. Following several changes of aristocratic ownership, it came into the hands of the House of Wettin in 1353 from the House of Henneberg with the marriage of Friedrich III, the Strong, with Katherina von Henneberg and was initially regarded by them as a Saxon outpost within Franconia. In 1596, it was raised to the status of capital of one of the dynasty's splintered Saxon-Thuringian territories, the new Duchy of Saxe-Coburg under the leadership of Duke Johann Casimirs (ruled 1596-1633).
One of Germany's largest castles, the mighty Veste Coburg citadel, built starting in 1225 (upon the site of an 11th century chapel), dominates the town from its hilltop. During the Diet of Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide) in 1530 reformer Martin Luther spent 6 months at the castle (located at the southernmost point of the Saxon duchy) while his lord, the Duke of Saxony, attended the Diet. Luther was forbidden to attend by the duke, who feared that he would be imprisoned and burned as a heretic. While stationed at the castle Luther continued with his translation of the Bible into German.
Today the Veste Coburg is home to three museums. One is the Ducal Palace (Fürstenbau), with many furnished rooms of the Dukes of Coburg, including the apartment where Martin Luther lived in 1530. Probably the most notable room in the castle (unique in all of Germany) is the Hunting Room (Jagdzimmer) of 1632, which is completely made of marquetry wood inlay, done up with over 60 marquetry panels, deeply coffered marquetry ceilings and a wood paneled floor. Another museum is the Armory (Rüstkammer), containing the largest collection of medieval armor and weaponry in Germany, with over 10,500 items. The third is the Art Collections (Kunstsammlungen), which contains a world class collection of 300,000 engravings (Kupferstich-Kabinett), a 20,000 piece coin collection (Münzkabinett), a 7000 piece documentation collection (Briefe & Urkunden), and a 3,500 piece glassware collection (Gläser-Sammlung).
In the old town at the base of the castle hill, the Ehrenburg Palace (a former Franciscan Monastery), was rebuilt in 1543. It was gutted by fire in 1690 and rebuilt in a Baroque style, with stuccowork by North Italian craftsmen that includes a famous "Hall of the Giants" (which contains a plaque that states it was the location of the first meeting between England's Queen Victoria and Franz Josef Emperor of Austria in 1860). Its Gothic Revival exterior was remodelled by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the 19th century. It now also houses a museum as well as a famous library.
From 1826 to 1918, Coburg was one of the two capitals of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. During the nineteenth century, dynastic marriages created ties with the royal families of Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal, as well as Great Britain, the last being achieved when Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born at suburban Schloss Rosenau, married his first cousin, Queen Victoria. This marriage established the present British royal house, which renamed itself Windsor during World War I. This marriage in turn led to a union with Germany's ruling dynasty, the Hohenzollerns, when the couple's eldest child, Victoria, married the future Kaiser Friedrich III.
Due to the royal connections among the royal houses of Europe, Coburg was the site of many royal Ducal weddings and visits. Britain's Queen Victoria made 6 visits to Coburg during her 64 year reign. In 1896 one ceremony brought together Queen Victoria, her son Edward (future Edward VII), her second son Alfred (Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha), her daughter the German dowager Empress Friedrich (Victoria), and many of her grandchildren, such as Tsar Nicholas and Alexandra of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and the future King George V of Great Britain.
In 1920, two years after the abdication of the last duke, the locals voted to join Bavaria. Thus whilst the other Saxon-Thuringian principalities were later incorporated into the German Democratic Republic after World War II, Coburg became part of West Germany As a result, the town spent the Cold War years lying right next to the Iron Curtain, surrounded by East German territory on three sides.
In 1929, Coburg was the first German city in which the Nazi Party won the absolute majority of the popular votes during municipal elections.
[ source: Wikipedia ]
Coburg has the typical features of a former capital of German little states. There are numerous houses from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. It is also home to two major festivals: Samba Festival and Johann Strauss Musiktage. Coburg is referred to as "Europe's Capital of Samba
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