Coburg, Germany is probably not one of the top 20 destinations in Europe, but could certainly be one of the most interesting places to visit in Germany!
Aside from the fact that vegetarians don’t have too many food options (Germans love their meat and potatoes), it is a cozy and historical place, with superb views, green hills (or white, if you go there in winter, like I did), small boutiques and quiet people.
Long live Albert and Victoria!
Home of the Saxe-Coburg family and workplace for Martin Luther, Coburg is this medieval and pitoresque town that oozes history. The enchanting love story between Prince Albert (of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) and Queen Victoria (of Great Britain and Ireland) still feels alive between the walls of the impressive Ehrenburg Palace, making the visit worthwhile.
The Palace is now a museum, however tourists can go there only accompanied by the local guide, who only speaks German. Luckily, they have an English short description of each room in the place, which they hand over to non-German speaking tourists. Photographs inside the Palace are forbidden, but we were allowed to take a few photos in the Palace chapel, which has an amazing ceiling.
Callenberg, the hunting castle and main summer residence of the dukes of Saxony-Coburg
Another place I was lucky enough to see was Callenberg Schloss, a castle located six kilometers from the city, surrounded by hills that offer an amazing view. What impressed me the most was the interior and the many types of windows and other decor pieces. Luckily, we were able to visit this place by ourselves and spend as much time as we needed.
Veste Coburg, or Coburg fortress- another amazing view
Veste is one of Germany’s largest castles in Germany and stands 167 meters above the town. Needless to say, the view is impressive.
Last, but not least, the most relaxing part of the trip was a visit at the Therme Natur in Bad Rodach. This is an oasis of thermal waters, saunas, outdoors pools that everyone enjoys. I was pleased to share an aqua aerobics class with the elderly and get a super relaxing massage in the end.
Even if I’m not a winter person, it was impossible not to soak in all the sun, snow and fresh air. I strongly recommend Coburg in winter, at least for one weekend, as there is still much more to see there.
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