Hi. My name’s Bea. I work at Vienna House Easy Coburg and I’m a proud Coburg native. I’d like to tell you a bit about my hometown. Coburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Franconia, if not all of Bavaria. Surrounded by the remnants of an old city wall and with an historic old town, Coburg is full of interesting sights and attractions. Here are 5 absolute must-see places during your stay in Coburg:
1. Veste Coburg
Veste Coburg is one of Germany’s largest castles. Situated on a hill overlooking the city, the massive walls and towers of the fortress are a safe home for the art collection of the former Duchy of Saxe-Coburg. You’ll get the most out of the knightly collections and art treasures on a guided tour. But even on your own, you’ll be rewarded with the picturesque views of the land all the way to the upper Main Valley.
The castle’s court and gardens are a wonderful place for a leisurely walk. The idyllic trails, branching out in all directions, take you past many rare species of plants and trees like Giant Sequoias as you make your way down to the historic old town or the Coburg Museum of Natural History – a must for all nature lovers.
The Hofgarten is especially popular with young people who like to sprawl in the sun on the wide lawns or just relax beneath the shady trees while taking in the breathtaking view of the old town. The Hofgarten was built under the reign of Albert of Saxe-Coburg and its origins date back to the Baroque era.
3. Market Square
The way to Coburg’s market square takes you through picturesque little streets full of cafés, shops and restaurants. The market square is the heart and soul of Coburg. Historic buildings line the square, like the Rathaus (City Hall) and the Stadthaus (former legislature). They form the backdrop for the farmer’s market that is held here twice a week offering fresh produce from the region.
One local specialty is available all year round even on non-market days: the Coburg bratwurst, grilled to perfection over a fire of pine wood. A real treat for between meals. The traditional way to serve a Coburg bratwurst is in half a bread roll with mustard. Look up to the roof of the Rathaus above the clock and you’ll see a little statue of a man holding what looks like a baton. According to legend, this baton represents the ideal length for a Coburg bratwurst.
Come Christmastime, the market square is transformed into one of the most beautiful Advent markets in all of Germany with thousands of lights and brightly lit market stalls.
4. Mintmaster’s House
Well worth seeing is the Münzmeisterhaus (Mintmaster’s House) at Ketschengasse 7, one of the oldest half-timbered houses in Germany. The name of the building comes from the Münzmeister family who lived here in the Middle Ages and who were the superintendents of the mint.
5. The Hungry Highlander
If you ask me for a good place to eat, I’d say The Hungry Highlander in Steingasse. The place is a popular favourite with locals and visitors alike who are looking for a good glass of beer and a homemade burger. An evening at the Highlander is a must!
Of course, there’s plenty more to see in and around Coburg, so take your time and enjoy this wonderful city with all its amazing corners.
I hope to see you here in person soon!
Bea from Vienna House Easy Coburg