The castle is first mentioned in documents in 1056. In 1353 she fell to the house Wettin. Due to its strategic importance, it was expanded in the following 150 years to one of the largest castles in Germany. After the transfer of the court to the city in the 16th century, the Veste served only as a national fortress.
A famous guest in 1530 was the reformer Luther, who worked on his Bible translation during the Augsburg Reichstag. Major construction activities began again with Duke Ernst I (1806-1844). In the 19th century Karl Alexander von Heideloff renewed the architecture in the sense of a jewel-rich Neugotik. From 1906, the castle historian and architect Bodo Ebhardt redesigned the facility.
Today, the castle is home to the art collections of Veste Coburg. They are among the most important collections of art and cultural history in Germany and are largely based on the art of the Coburg dukes. The museum includes a copper engraving cabinet, a collection of hunting weapons and glasses, as well as a carriage and sledge collection. Among the artworks, paintings by Lucas Cranach and Old German painting (Dürer, Grünewald, Holbein) and sculptures by Tilman Riemenschneider are particularly noteworthy.
December 18, 2016
The Veste Coburg, also known as the "Frankish Crown", rises high above the city with its huge walls and towers. 1056 "Koburgk" was first mentioned in a document. The beginnings of today's castle complex date back to the time of the Staufer at the beginning of the 13th century. The epoch was a cultural boom at the beginning of the 16th century, when the Saxon Electors used their castle for frequent stays. In the 19th century, the dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha began to establish world-class art collections there.
September 22, 2017
01.04.-31.10 .: Mon - Sun 9.30am to 5.00pm, 01.11.-31.03 .: Tue - Sun 1.00pm to 4.00pm, closed: Shrove Tuesday, 24. + 25.12., 31.12. Guided tours for individual visitors in the art collections of the Veste Coburg from March to October: Saturday, Sunday and public holiday at 2.30 pm.
May 5, 2017
The Veste Coburg, a fortress built medieval castle, towers over the city of Coburg in the Upper Franconian border area to Thuringia. It has an extension of about 135 by 260 meters and is very well preserved. The Veste is about 160 meters above the city center. Wikipedia
January 12, 2019
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