Once a popular holiday destination for European royalty, Coburg is the perfect place to see traditional German architecture. Most of Coburg was undamaged in World War II, so it maintains its traditional historic charm. Between this historic architecture and its thriving cultural and musical scene, Coburg is the perfect weekend trip destination.
Things to do in Coburg
Coburg has a vibrant history in classical music, with Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss, Franz Liszt and Hektor Berlioz all spending time here. The city celebrates its history with a range of operas and classical music performed year-round at the 550-seat Landestheater Coburg.
Coburg is home to the Veste Coburg, a large well-preserved hilltop castle. Explore the castle and grounds and wander through restored rooms and museum exhibits featuring weapons, armour and other historic displays. Take one of the hourly tours at the Schloss Ehrenburg, originally constructed in the 16th century, to learn about its strong ties to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Coburg’s traditionally German streets look like the backdrop to a fairy tale. Wandering around can be a magical experience, with numerous photo opportunities in and around the Marktplatz Coburg. This ambience is particularly mesmerising during the yearly Christmas market that runs for most of December.
If the architecture alone isn’t fairy tale-esque enough, Coburg’s prominent doll-making industry might help with the immersion. Visit the annual doll festival in the nearby Neustadt bei Coburg or stop by the Coburger Puppenmuseum to see over 900 antique and vintage dolls.
Getting around Coburg
Trains run multiple times a day between Nuremberg and Coburg. The total trip, including one transfer, takes just under 2.5 hours. While there are a few buses within Coburg, you can easily explore the city centre on foot.