Coburg currently has some 42,000 inhabitants. Thanks to the dukes who once lived in the town this erstwhile seat of royal power now enjoys a unique heritage of art treasures and beautiful buildings. But it was the former Sax-Coburg and Gotha duchy’s cunning marriage politics that earned it world renown.
Many famous people have spent time here: Richard Strauss, Hektor Berlioz, Nicolo Paganini, Franz Liszt, Friedrich Rückert, Jean Paul, Queen Victoria and Martin Luther. Luther sought refuge in the Veste Coburg fortress for some six months whilst the king of the waltz Johann Strauss relinquished his Austrian citizenship and became a citizen of Coburg – all for the love of his life.
Visitors to Coburg can enjoy a wealth of art and culture including events of both modern and classical music, open air events on Coburg’s Schloßplatz, opera, operettas, revues, ballet, theatre in the royal Coburg theatre, and Europe’s largest Samba festival. Other firm fixtures in Coburg’s annual calendar include the "Vogelschießen“ fair, the "Schloßplatz“ festival (also known as "North Bavaria’s largest gourmet party“), the Coburg “Marktfest”, the “Museum Night” and the Coburg Christmas market.
Holidaymakers who are looking for a little more action have a range of leisure activities to choose from all year round as well as an array of thermal baths in and around Coburg offering plenty of wellness therapies. And the town’s excellent restaurants are a gourmet’s delight.
To mark the 200th birthdays of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert the city of Coburg is hosting a series of exciting and colourful events this year.Find out more