Schloss Callenberg, Coburg

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Callenberg Castle is a castle on a wooded hill in Beiersdorf, an Ortsteil of Coburg, six kilometres from the town centre. It was a hunting lodge and summer residence and has long been the principal residence of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. It is owned by Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. A large and architecturally important family chapel is contained within.HistoryA hill castle here was first mentioned as Chalwinberch in 1122. It served as the main seat for the Ritter von Callenberg until 1231, when the lord sold it to the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg. The knight made use of the proceeds to participate in a Crusade. In 1317 the House of Henneberg purchased the property and gave it as a fief to the Sternberg family. This family died out in 1592. As a vacant property, it now fell to Duke Johann Casimir. He intended to use it as a summer palace and planned substantial renovations but during his lifetime only the castle chapel was rebuilt.Major construction work resumed only in 1827 under Ernst I. He had the castle completely redesigned, a landscape garden was created and an exhibit farm added, in which silk worms were bred. From 1842, Callenberg was the summer residence of the heir and future duke Ernst II. Today's Gothic revival elements date to another renovation after 1857. From 1893, Callenberg served as dowager house for Princess Alexandrine of Baden, the widow of Ernest II. The last ruling duke, Carl Eduard used Callenberg as a summer residence. After his death in 1954 he was buried here.
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  • In my opinion the most beautiful sight in Coburg and five euro admission per adult completely affordable. Is one on a sunny day on Schloss Callenberg one can enjoy the wonderful view on the Lake of gold up to the Veste Coburg. Even couples who are looking for a wedding location should time come in here.
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  • The visit of the castle should be included in every travel planning for Coburg. It is a very well maintained facility inside and out distinctively. Important to me that the Interior without any obligation to a guided tour can be visited. Inside of course many stairs, but there exists a lift, in the Castle, as well as in the integrated weapon Museum.
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  • The exhibition of the shooters was not so interesting me, the Castle more so. The location and view, the courtyard are very impressive. From the car park a short stairway goes up to the Castle, but well done.
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  • Very nice place, worth a visit! But be aware of the fact that drone flying is not very appreciated in this neighborhood even though it is tempting to take shots of the scenery and medieval castle!
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  • In the winter months no-friendly opening times. For this reason no visit possible. Viewed only from the outside
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  • Informative. Beautiful castle.
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  • A must for any romantics. You gotta the princely family give thanks and respect, that they have made available to this jewel of romanticism.
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