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Coburg is a city in Upper Franconia. Coburg has been a household name since the 19th century as the local, relatively minor noble family "Saxe-Coburg-Gotha" managed to marry into plenty of European royal families, leading to "European family reunions" at their place during the Belle Epoque. So naturally you will find lots of castles, palaces and other historical buildings in Coburg.

Get in

The fortress of Coburg

By train

  • 1 Main station. The main hub in Coburg and served by the three daily ICEs (per direction) that take the slight detour from the High Speed Line that opened late 2017. Also served by local trains towards Sonneberg, Bayreuth and Nuremberg Coburg (Q800626) on Wikidata

By car


Coburg is just off the A73 about 50 km north of Bamberg.

Get around

Map of Coburg


Ehrenburg Palace


  • 1 Rathaus.
  • Münzmeisterhaus. Dating from 1350 one of the oldest timber framed buildings in Germany.
  • 2 Hofapotheke, Markt 15 (If you come from Spitalgasse look left). the building and the use as a pharmacy dates back to the 15th century.
  • 3 Prince Albert Memorial (In the middle of the Marktplatz). Prince Albert (husband to Queen Victoria) was a prince of Saxe-Coburg.


  • 4 Morizkirche. You will see remnants of Gothic paintings and in front a very large epitaph, which was donated by Duke Casimir of Saxe-Coburg to his parents.
  • Gymnasium Casimirianum. a beautiful building from 1605. Till today it is used as a school of higher education. Look at the statue at the corner of the building. It is Duke Johann Casimir who founded this school. He had the ambition to make a university out of it. Till today in July the students of this school assemble around this statue and decorate it with laurels.
  • 5 Ehrenburg Palace (Schloss Ehrenburg). Mixture of styles. In the inner courtyard you can see the baroque additions, and when you go further the castle will show you its neo-gothic exterior on the Schloßplatz. Please by a ticket for a guided tour. There are very interesting rooms, like the 'hall of giants', the ducal living rooms and others. And a lot of stories about the princesses and princes from Coburg to hear.
  • 6 Veste Coburg (On a hill overlooking the town). from which you can see an amazing view of the city and surrounding hillside. Housed within there is a Veste Coburg Art Collections Museum. It is also the location where Martin Luther stayed while being declared an outlaw by the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 7 Naturkunde-Museum (natural history museum), Park 6, +49 9561 808120.
  • 8 Coburger Puppenmuseum, Rückertstr. 2-3, +49 9561 891480.
  • 9 Schloss Rosenau (7 km east of the town). the birthplace of Price Albert, Royal Consort to Queen Victoria and home to European Museum of Modern Glass is just a couple of miles North East of town.


Landestheater, Opera house
  • Walk the path of original walls of the town.
  • Wander the park around Veste Coburg.
  • 1 Theatre of Coburg (Landestheater Coburg), Schlossplatz 6 (opposite of the Ehrenburg), +49 9561 898900. If you are here during season don't miss to attend san opera or a musical there. The interior of the theatre gives you a glimpse in the past of entertainment of the ducal society during the 19th century.
  • 2 AQUARIA, Rosenauer Straße 32, +49 9561 749-0. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools


  • Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market): . Late November to December 23. (date needs fixing)
  • Samba Festival Coburg - largest Samba Festival outside Brazil - attracts about 200000 visitors usually in July.





Coburger Bratwurst. On the Marktplatz (market square) you will find one or two stalls, who serve them to you. In the traditional way the Bratwurst has to be roasted over pine cones, which gives them part of their unique taste. The size of the Bratwurst is determined by a figure on the town hall (Rathaus, also on the Marktplatz) called Bratwurstmännle, which is said to keep the measure in one hand.

A second thing to try are the Coburger Klöße (Coburg dumplings), made from potatoes. They are served (mostly Sundays) with a variety of meats and roasts (pork, deer, beef) in nearly every German type Gasthaus or restaurant.







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Schloss Rosenau
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