The Veste Coburg, also known as the “Frankish Crown”, dominates the town with its mighty walls and towers. First mentioned in 1056, the fortress complex we know today originated during the period of the Staufen dynasty. The cultural heyday of the Veste came in the early 16th c., when it was the seat of the electors of Saxony. Starting in the 19th c., the castle underwent alteration and extension in the spirit of the Gothic Revival, and the dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha installed in it art collections of world stature. Besides the copperplate engraving cabinet, one of the largest in Germany, the collections also include valuable Venetian glassware, baroque glassware, a collection of period hunting weapons and an armoury with items dating from the 15th to the 18th century. Other gems in the collection include the two oldest carriages in the world still in working order, and baroque sleighs. Major works by German renaissance artists, including paintings by Cranach, Dürer and Grünewald.
adults € 8,-
children, pupils under 18 years, students, trainees € 2,-
groups (20+) € 6,-
families € 16,-
April–October daily 9.30am–5pm;
November–March Tue–Sun 1pm–4pm
(closed on 24, 25, 31 December and Shrove Tuesday)
Contact informationCoburg Fortress
Veste Coburg 1
Owner: Freistaat Bayern
Phone: +49 (0)9561 8790
How to find us
The 5 Line city bus (Veste – City Centre – Main Railway Station– Beiersdorf and back) travels to the Veste Coburg on its Daily Schedule every half hour. The bus stop is located at the kiosk at the foot of the Veste. On the Weekend and Holiday Schedule (Saturday from 1:20 pm) the buses run every hour.
The Veste Express conveniently takes visitors from Herrngasse (historic Old Town) to the stop at the Kiosk at the foot of the Veste Coburg every half hour.
By Car: Visitor parking is available at Brandensteinsebene and at the kiosk at the foot of the Veste. GPS data for Brandensteinsebene visitor parking for navigation systems:
On Foot from the historic Old Town to the Veste: Gorgeous walking paths extend around 1.4 kilometres from the Castle Square to the historical Court Garden at the Veste. Plan at least 20 to 30 minutes for your walk.