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Veste Coburg

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  • Coburg
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/24/2016

Fodor's Review

This fortress, one of the largest and most impressive in the country, is Coburg's main attraction. The brooding bulk of the castle guards the town from a 1,484-foot hill. Construction began around 1055, but with progressive rebuilding and remodeling today's predominantly late-Gothic–early-Renaissance edifice bears little resemblance to the original crude fortress. One part of the castle harbors the Kunstsammlungen, a grand set of collections including art, with works by Dürer, Cranach, and Hans Holbein, among others; sculpture from the school of the great Tilman Riemenschneider (1460–1531); furniture and textiles; magnificent weapons, armor, and tournament garb spanning four centuries (in the so-called Herzoginbau, or Duchess's Building); carriages and ornate sleighs; and more. The room where Martin Luther lived for six months in 1530 while he observed the goings-on of the Augsburg Diet has an especially dignified atmosphere. The Jagdintarsien-Zimmer (Hunting

Marquetry Room), an elaborately decorated room that dates back to the early 17th century, has some of the finest woodwork in southern Germany. Finally, there's the Carl-Eduard-Bau (Carl-Eduard Building), which contains a valuable antique glass collection, mostly from the baroque age. Inquire at the ticket office for tours.

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Sight Information

Address:

Festungshof, Coburg, Bavaria, 96450, Germany

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Phone:

09561-8790

Sight Details:

  • €6, combination ticket with Schloss Ehrenburg and Schloss Rosenau €12
  • Museums Apr.–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–Mar., Tues.–Sun. 1–4; courtyards daily dawn–6:30 pm (to dusk Nov.–Mar.)

Published 04/24/2016

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