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Veste Coburg
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Coburg
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Owner description: The “Fränkische Krone” (Franconian Crown) is one of the largest medieval castle buildings in Germany. Martin Luther lived within its walls in 1530. Today, internationally significant art collections are housed there.
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

This fortress is much less well known than for example Neuschwanstein, but it is no doubt much more interesting. It is one of the most important castles in Germany and when you go inside you know why. It has several floors with many rooms full of decoration and objects that tell you about its rich past as residence of some of Europe’s most influential families. You can easily spend two (for a fast visit) to four hours there.
How to get there: it is located on a hill next to the town of Coburg. You can either walk there from the town center through the pretty park Hofgarten (about 30 minutes), or take the tourist train that leaves from the town center and goes up the Veste, or if you have a car there is a small parking lot next to the kiosk, a five minute walk down from the Veste, or a bigger parking lot some further away (10-15 minutes’ walk). The parking lot next to the kiosk, where we parked our car, cost 2 Euros a day.
As for the entrance fee, you can either pay just for this attraction or buy a ticket that also includes other castles in Coburg (Schloss Ehrenburg, Schloss Rosenau). There is also a family ticket. Just ask at the ticket counter at the entrance and they will tell you about the options.
We had one day in Coburg and visited the Veste, then Schloss Ehrenburg and afterwards Schloss Rosenau outside the town (with a lunch break at noon), which took us all day and is only recommendable if you are in a hurry. Better would be two days.
The Veste itself offers a great view on Coburg and its surroundings, no need to get into the museum for these views.
It also has a restaurant with typical Franconian food, which we have not tried. Prices looked reasonable.
When we visited the Veste’s museum there was a temporary exhibition about glass objects, which was quite interesting (they also charged us somewhat more therefore in the entrance fee, which could not be avoided). The temporary exhibitions change over time; have a look at their webpage to know more about the current one.
The museum is a succession of rooms, each one with its rich original artisan decoration, many paneled with wood and heavy tiled stoves (after all, this was a winter residence, the summer residence being Schloss Rosenau). Martin Luther spent some time on the Veste and you can see pictures about his stay, an old bathroom, a chapel, paintings of important people, religious motives, suits of armour, torture instruments, weapons, canons, cannon balls, horse carriages for road and snow (even the world’s oldest one that is still working is there), stuffed animals (hunting was the nobles’ sport)..all this gives a great feeling about how these aristocrats lived.
It is not allowed to touch any of the objects (better don’t go with very young children, as the museum’s personnel will be watching) but a good thing is that you are allowed to take pictures as long as you do not use flash.
A very recommendable and surprising visit.

Visited July 2014
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Leongatha, Australia
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“Hunting marquetry room a must-see”
Reviewed 26 August 2014

There is a range of interesting collections to see at the Veste Coburg Castle: paintings, sculpture, weapons and armour, glassware and historic rooms. Unusually for this part of Germany, you are allowed to visit at your own pace, rather than on a guided tour. There are English and German descriptions available in each room. The one thing you must not miss is the hunting room "Jagd-Intarsienzimmer" which is completely lined with 60 wood carvings and marquetry pictures of hunting scenes, a Renaissance masterpiece from 1632.

Visited August 2014
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Warsaw, Poland
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“One of the nicest castles in Germany”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Veste Coburg is a place with a great history, which you can really experience. Many rooms are available to visitors and hold a huge collection of items used by the nobles across the centuries. The best part is, you can learn the history of the items and their owners from a very good audio guide, you just need to carefully look for the signs with the numbers to play on the device, as their marking is not the best. It took us almost three hours to walk through the castle and listen to the stories, see the grounds and enjoy the views, and we felt we could still hang around longer, so you should plan enough time if you really want to experience this place.

Visited June 2014
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

There is so much to see in this Castle, and so many different nooks and rooms. Just when you think you've finished one section of the Castle, you find another stairwell leading up or down and you investigate further.

There are rooms dedicated to different items eg. armoury, carriages, coins etc.

Unfortunately it rained when we visited, and we didn't get to see all there was to offer. The grounds are extensive and are worth viewing from all angles.

Visited May 2014
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“Definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Everyone who comes to Coburg should visit the Veste at least once, but be prepared for a walk up a steep hill. You can walk through the park from town, drive, take the bus or in summer there is a "bimmelbahn", a little noddy train from town but even from the pay and display car park or bus stop there is a wee bit of a walk. Inside the fortress there are quite extensive grounds with views over the surrounding countryside that you can view without buying a ticket. Then there is the main tour on the right and the Dukes' chambers off to the left. Both are worth a visit and there are combined or separate tickets. The main tour is with weapons gallery, torture instruments, glass exhibition and carriage house. Martin Luther lived here for a while and there are lots of paintings of him. The hunting chamber with the wooden marquetry is also very impressive. My personal favourites though are the dukes' chambers, furnished and filled with more life.
I can also say it is well worth doing one of the guided tours because there is so much that you might miss otherwise.

Visited September 2013
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