You don’t have to go far when you visit Coburg. There is a lot to see in the small town and the surrounding area. I myself took a few day trips around the Coburg area with the regional trains and want to share my tips for the best day trips from Coburg with you.
With these you can visit castles, go hiking and plan a city trip or two and be back relaxed on the same day. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave me a comment.
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Why visit Coburg?
The city itself is really super pretty, easy to walk around and there are several castles to visit in the city and in the district of Coburg. In the city center there are nice stores and cafes that invite you to linger.
At Christmas, there is a nice Christmas market on the market square here.
If you eat meat, try the Coburg bratwurst. I really liked it.
City trips from Coburg
This UNESCO heritage city always has something new to offer. If you haven’t been here yet, you should check out the beautiful old town and the main sights in Bamberg.
Start at the old town hall, which is located directly in the river, and then walk up to the cathedral and St. Michael’s Church. From here you can walk along the gardens back into the old town and towards Kleinvenedig on the river.
If you want to see more, take one of the many walking trails in Bamberg. For example, you can walk all the way along the Hainpark to Buger Spitze and from there take the bus back to the bus station and then to the train station.
It takes a little over an hour to get from Coburg to Kronach by train. But the small town has a beautiful old town with cobblestone streets and historic houses to offer. And then, of course, there’s Rosenberg Fortress. You can see it from the train station.
If you’re quick on your feet, you’ll find yourself on the castle wall in just 15 minutes. The view from here is again fantastic (even if the prison is directly in view).
There is a restaurant up here with beer, which you can only buy at the castle.
You can take a longer walk along the Landesgartenschau Park, which follows the course of the river Haßlach.
Fun for young and old can be had on the summer toboggan run Kronach Fröschbrunna Coaster, which is located at the southern end of the city. It’s a 25-minute walk from the train station. As far as I know, there is no bus going there. The closest bus stop is “Karl-Böger-Straße”.
By train you can be in Bad Staffelstein in less than an hour. You have to change trains once. Bad Staffelstein has a small spa park with a graduation house and the Obermain Therme. It is a health resort, after all.
And there are also many events and concerts on the spa stage. It’s worth looking at the event calendar.
If you want to walk a bit more outside, you can also get to the Bad Staffelstein lakes from there. In the middle there is a small peninsula with another castle, called Schloss Oberau, but you can’t visit it at all and you can only see it badly from the gate. Among other things, summer camps are held here.
If you don’t want to visit Bad Staffelstein directly, but want to see other great sights in the surrounding area, take the bus up to Banzberg, where Banz Monastery is located.
It takes about 18 minutes from the train station (4 stops). The view over the Main Valley from here is phenomenal. The buildings of the Benedictine Abbey are also very magnificent and entering the small church is a must!
To see more interiors, the Consulentenbau as well as art and a fossil collection, you can get a museum ticket to the Museum Kloster Banz.
Did you know that there is a small castle in the center of Lichtenfels and that it is pink? If you look closely, you can see the black roof from the train. You only have to walk 10 minutes to the market in the chic old town and then up the hill.
From there you can climb the old city wall and get an overview of the city. After you go back down, there are several cafes and restaurants where you can get a bite to eat.
It takes a little over two hours to drive from Coburg to Saalfeld. The Thuringian town has a lot to offer, such as the Guinness record holder tree with the most Easter eggs (of course, only at Easter), the castle ruins of the Hohe Schwarm, the city gates and park and Villa Bergfried.
The biggest attraction, however, is by far the Saalfeld Fairy Grottos. Salt was mined here in the Middle Ages and even today you can see impressive formations of stalactites and stalagmites with great lighting.
There are different areas to discover, depending on what you want to see: the show mine, the grottoneum, the fairy worlds and the healing gallery. In addition, there are also annual photo tours, so you can take the best photos without everyone running into you.
These were some destinations for Coburg and the surrounding area that you can easily reach by local transport. So you don’t need a car (although that makes things easier).
Of course, how intensely you want to walk after you arrive is up to you.
Which of these sights in the district of Coburg have you already explored yourself?