Veste Coburg is a medieval fortress touted as one of the largest of its kind across the country. Strategically built and perched atop a hill, the structure casts a watchful eye over the regions of Bavaria and Thuringia. Veste Coburg has changed ownership several times since its construction in the late-11th Century and it has borne the brunt of a number of adversities including World War II. Revived in 1946, today Veste Coburg is home to the Kunstsammlungen Coburg museum carrying artifacts, paintings and other belongings of the ducal family.
Natural beauty through and through, Saalfelder Feengrotten are caverns of an old mine. The caverns are a popular tourist attraction and are particularly known for their spectacular speleothems, which are mineral formations of different colors. The caverns were discovered in 1910 and since then, they have been visited frequently by many tourists. The caverns have gained a place in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records which term the caverns as "the most colorful cave grottoes in the world".
Perched atop the hill, Plassenburg is a magnificent castle offering breathtaking views of Kulmbach. A prominent landmark of the city, the castle originated in the 12th Century and has served many royal families as a residence. Dismantled during the Margravian war, the castle was reconstructed by architect Caspar Vischer. Apart from being a notable attraction of the city, the castle is mostly visited for the in-house museum showcasing Prussian military antiques and portraits. It also plays host to several cultural events of the area.
Opened in 1986, Obermain Therme is a popular thermal bath complex. With more than 25 pools both indoor and outdoor, along with a natural lake for bathing, this facility is all for salt water healing. For those who prefer a sauna, can explore their eleven diverse saunas around the lake. It is an ideal retreat for couples. For some more indulgence, try their pampering massages and beauty regimes at the spa. No matter your choice, you can be sure of a relaxing and rejuvenating time at Obermain Therme.
If you're in Coburg, a visit to the Marktplatz Coburg is mandatory. This expansive square is surrounded by prominent, historical buildings such as Town Hall, Prince Albert Monument and rustic buildings which depict the architecture of the region.
A spectacular church established in the 18th Century, the Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers has beautiful baroque and rococo designs. Located on a hillside, overlooking the River Main, the church is designed in the basilica style and is one of the most popular attractions in town. Dedicated to fourteen holy saints, the church is said to have been built after Hermann Leicht, a young shepherd, saw a child with the holy cross, who directed him to build a church on the hill in the 15th Century. The high altar of the church is a fascinating piece of art with a breathtaking painting that depicts the Assumption scene.
Kreiskulturraum is one of the most popular live entertainment venues in the city of Kronach. Although locals flock here to catch the high energy contemporary concerts, its the cabaret and comedy shows that are the real show stoppers. Fine and believable performances from the actors has the audience in splits, making the entire experience worth every penny spent.
Here, historic margrave rooms offer a glimpse into the life of the princely Franconian Hohenzollerns.
Regarded as one of the impressive late-gothic buildings in southern Thuringia, Dreifaltigkeitskirche is also recognized amongst the state’s largest. Amongst its notable reliquaries include the 19th-century organ credited to Michael Schmidt.
Learn everything about the art of brewing at the Bayerisches Brauereimuseum located in Kulmbach. Sprawling over an area of 3000 square meters (32291 square feet) this informative museum educates its visitors about the ancient techniques used by the Romans, Egyptians and the Celts and how industrialization paved the way for new methods. As technology made the process much easier, producing the perfect brew is still considered to be an art. The museum also has a tasting room for visitors at the end of the tour.