After our palace experience the day before and it was looking like a good day we decided to go to the town of Coburg. Until the end of World War I was capital of the duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The town is not dominated by any former prince-bishops residences or churches as the history of the town is clearly linked with protestant Lutheran reformation of the 16th century. However it did have a ducal family which were highly successful in marrying their offspring into the great royal houses of Europe. Our own Queen Victoria married Prince Albert the younger son of Duke Ernst I in 1840.
The old town of Coburg was small the main area was the marketplace which was crowded with a beer festival. However the statue of the town’s famous son Prince Albert was clearly visible above the tents. There were also a number of other buildings which were quite attractive. However the main purpose of visiting Coburg was the Ehrenburg Palace. From 1547 to 1918 this was the home of the Dukes of Coburg.
Taking the tour of the palace we were taken through once again some spectacular rooms. Firstly the Hall of Giants with its 28 Atlas figures and superb stucco ceiling was just unbelievable. The Gobelin Room had further even more complicated stucco ceiling which almost looked as if it was alive. The Throne room had a beautiful blue and white stucco ceiling which almost looked like it was a very ornate piece of Wedgwood. Finally the chapel was completely over the top. The rooms used by Queen Victoria were interesting particular as her bedroom had the first indoor toilet in continental Europe which came from England.
After visiting the palace we made our way through the English style hill garden up to Veste Coburg a massive fortress that sits high above the town. The site of the castle was first mentioned in 1065. Walking below the walls of the castle it was certainly impressive and within the courtyard of the fortress were various ages of buildings which made it feel like a small village. The castle had also very impressive views across the surrounding countryside and the town of Coburg.
Another interesting visit.