Fountains, statues, the Alte Stadte, Veste, Schloss Ehrenburg, Hofgarten, many of the residences, and wonderful civic pride.
A bit far from major travel hubs if you don't drive
"Excuse me...isn't your name 'Windsor'?"
The Veste is Coburg. It's outstanding. You can see it from all over the town, and it is fantastically well preserved. Whenever I would come back from a long trip abroad, the Veste would be the first thing I would see heading into the town. It would tell me I was home. It was always a warm welcome.The castle has a long history, dating back to the...more
The walk to Veste Coburg takes you through the Hofgarten on a 30 to 40 minute hike to the top. It is somewhat strenuous because the entire walk is uphill, but not really difficult if you take frequent rests. I was doing just that when an elderly lady rode past me on a bicycle. I later found out that she is close to 83 years old. That information...more
This is a city filled with self-pride that shows everywhere. This Christmas Market is a little up-scale, but delightful none the less. They even have a butcher's stall that is filled with all of the hams and wursts that are from the Coburg area. Things do not get much more fresh than in this market.For a more complete description, please see my...more
The city is lovely, proud of itself, and completely enjoyable. It lies just North of Bamburg and I don't understand why it is not much more heavily visited by tourists. The city boasts a very large square in the center of the old city with wonderful small alleys and streets. It also has one of the truly beautiful Vestas (Festung or fortress) in...more
The Hofgarten (Royal Garden) is a very large and beautiful green space which has a path that leads up to the "Veste," which is short for "Festung," which means "fortress." It is a lovely, and long walk which is not too steep, but it is still uphill for 30 to 40 minutes, unless you're in really good shape. Not being in really good shape, I don't...more
This fountain and others like it caused the problem. The people, when they saw the fountain, figured that it must be ok to do all these things in public. For all you sexists, look at the smirk on Eve's face. Talk about the cat eating the tweety bird...Please see my Coburg main page for a full explanation.more
Ok this is something every (non-vegetarian) visitor of Coburg absolutely has to do: Try the famous "Coburger Bratwurst". It´s a very long and slender sausage roasted almost black over open fire, fueled by pine cones. It might not be the healthiest food on this planet, but you´ll never forget the taste.Best way to eat them is at one of the small...more
The Indian curry house is exactly that: a curry house run by Indians. The food is pretty good for an Indian restaurant, and tastes authentic, although the spiciness of the food has been toned down for the German palette. The decor, the music, the food and the service is traditionally Indian, and you can even buy bottles of Indian Cobra beer (brewed...more
Tucked in between the Schlossplatz and the Marktplatz, is the garishly styled Brazilian theme bar, Rio Brasil. Looking more like a bar transplanted from central Sydney than its namesake Rio de Janeiro, this bar serves up average food at above average prices. The fare is mostly burgers, served in a variety of Latin-American based variations,...more
Dolphins is a fairly decent restaurant upstairs at the cinema, that does some pretty good burgers and steaks. There are some vegetarian options, but the menus are in German, and the staff don't tend to be very good at English, so it can be quite difficult if you are fussy. If you like burgers, though, it is pretty simple, as you can't go wrong with...more
McDonalds is always a safe bet if you can't find anything else open, or suitable, and the McDonalds in Coburg is nearly always open after everything else has shut. There are two McDonalds in Coburg, but the other is out of town near the Tegut supermarket, so you won't be seeing a lot of that, unless you live locally and have a car. The service is...more
Flamers specialises in American style home made flame burgers, and vies with the Hungry Highlander for being Coburg's friendliest restaurant. In my opinion it just about wins, thanks to the beyond the call of duty helpfulness and friendliness of the owners. The food is very tasty, and very good value, especially the home made burgers and the...more
Specialising in all things potato, the Kartoffel, the name of which you can probably work out the meaning, is a cosy little eatery just outside the main drag. The place is much like an English pub, but serves very German food, most of it based around the potato. Potato soup, fried potato pancakes, Thurlingian potato dumplings, potato wedges, etc....more
Just opposite Annabell's is the Adelphi Greek restaurant. The food here is excellent, although extremely limited for vegetarians; the schafskase omelette and the folia kartoffel (baked potato) are about your only choices. The deserts are also excellent. The service could be improved considerably, however. Apart from not speaking a word of English,...more
Probably the most obvious choice for the vegetarian is the wholefood (Naturkost) restaurant Tie on Leopoldstraße 14. Just take a right at the steps to the park in the main square, and keep walking. The food here is organic, and very fresh, and also a little pricier than elsewhere. They also serve a number of organic meat dishes, so be sure to ask...more
Henneberger Haus has wonderful real German dishes, great service, good beer. It's located not far from the city square behind the Luther school. Closed on Tuesday. When I am in town that is my favorite place to eat lunch. They have what is called "Roladen". Thin beef rolled up with bacon and a pickle and onions. Very delicious.more
I'm not sure why all these Irish bars crop up where no Irish people will ever likely stroll by, but at least this one was set up by an Irishman, apparently, although they left and the place was taken over by the current, German, incumbent. The place itself looks nothing like any Irish pub I've ever been to, but it does have plenty of Irish...more
This is one of the best places to drink in Coburg. The music is very good, the crowd is relaxed, the decor is unusual, and the beer is cheap. It's also free to get in. There are three slightly cramped floors that go so far under the ground that you'd probably be safe from a direct nuclear strike. In fact you might not even notice it. The first...more
If you want to dance, or just hang out and listen to the music, try the Stereo Bar. Some nights can be a bit hit and miss (Techno overload) but it generally has enough decent dance music to satisfy most people. They also have regular theme nights like 70's, which are fun. There's plenty of lounge-style seating too. Situated on the ground floor of...more
It's changed a bit since Ray (arctriton) last went, and the new owners have given it an all new style of their own. Inside it is very classy, with relaxed colours and comfy chairs. The sound system isn't much, but the DJ was great when I was there. Even though I didn't like everything he played, he was very good at his job, and didn't just play...more
In a cellar on Steinweg, through a pair of red curtains is possibly Coburg's best watering hole. The Loom Bar has a fairly young crowd, and serves a selection of very good beers and cocktails, as well as some tasty bar snacks. The service is very friendly, and the music always some variety of ambient techno or electronica, think Mouse on Mars, and...more
I visited Coburg by taking a direct, regional train from Nurenberg (it takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes). I purchased a "Bayern" ticket at the ticket window and this seemed cheaper than even the internet prices I saw (15 Euros per person).HOWEVER, if travelling to and from Berlin, there is ICE train service (****pls. see disclaimer below). Until...more
Coburg is almost exactly half-way between two international airports, with Erfurt to the north and Nuremberg to the south. Nuremberg is better served, usually has cheaper flights, and is easier and quicker to get to on the train. Erfurt, however, is served by Ryan Air, meaning very cheap flights to the UK, from as little as one euro plus tax to...more
Coburg has a station, but it isn't on any of the main lines, and so it is a pain to get to anywhere. Lichtenfels is the closest rail nexus, and is on the main ICE line from Munich to Berlin. If you want to go east to west, to Frankfurt or Prague, you will need to go all the way to Nuremburg, which is a good hour and a half away. Trying to use the...more
This place describes itself as the first British shop in Coburg, and it probably is. Upstairs you can buy "international food", which is basically a pick your own sandwich selection, with names like "Athen", "London" and "Paris". These sandwiches are pretty tasty, and acceptable for the price. The British "shop" consists of a small rack of items...more
Basic pharmaceutical products like aspirin and stomach settlers, don't appear to be legally saleable in Germany in ordinary shops. This means you have to buy them from a phamarcy (apotheke), which can prove difficult, if you have to ask for something in German. At Stadt Apotheke, on Spittalgasse, near the McDonald's in the centre of town, has staff...more
It would seem at first impression that the people of Coburg hardly speak a word of English, but this is not so. You discover this when you talk with a Coburger after they have had a few too many beers, because all of a sudden their inhibition goes, and they feel confident enough to use their less than perfect, but perfectly acceptable English. Generally, the only time you will find a Coburger who will speak English with you, is if their English is so good you can barely distinguish it from a native speaker. I'm not sure if this derives from shyness, perfectionism, or something else, but it is very strange. So, do the Coburgers a favour, and coax them out of this habit by complimenting them on their excellent English every time they make the effort.
On a related issue, English isn't commonly heard in these parts, due to it being mostly off the tourist path of everyone but Germans. I found that people were sometimes staring at me as I walked through the town, and I soon realised it was only when I walked with my English speaking friends and talked to them. The sound of an alien language seems to be quite unusual here, and results in an inquisitive response. It's nothing but curiosity, though, so don't take offense, just take pleasure in being the centre of attention!
The people of Coburg are very law abiding, and I never once felt threatened anywhere in the town, even walking through the park in the early hours of the morning. I would be hard pressed to think of a place of similar size that I have felt as safe in. The police of Bavaria have a reputation for being a bit over the top and officious, and our experience with them at the Crytek offices when the Nuremberg state troopers broke down our doors was good evidence of this, but that didn't seem to be the case with the Coburger police. I even met the chief of police, and he was so polite I couldn't believe he was such an important man. I even saw people jaywalking in Coburg right in front of a police car, and they didn't do anything. My sister got fined for doing this in Tubingen, even though it was her first day in Germany ever, and she didn't know it was against the law.
Coburg is so uneventful, that the emergency services here seem to overreact to any trouble, but not in a nasty way. I was walking through town one day and saw what must have been every fire engine, police car and ambulance in the town all pass by with sirens blaring, but there was no smoke and no mention of anything in the news the following day, so I could only assume they were responding to some old lady having a cat stuck in a tree. One night someone shouted very loudly outside my hotel, and within a few minutes a police car arrived with a loudspeaker, and instructed everyone to behave themselves. It was 4am!!!
The people are so well behaved, I don't think I've even seen a single piece of litter on the streets in a month of being here.