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Ehrenburg Castle (Coburger Landesstiftung)

Ehrenburg Castle (Coburger Landesstiftung)
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.

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Address: Schlossplatz 1, 96450 Coburg
Tags: Coburg, Castle

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