your royal tour of germany
Callenberg Castle lies among rolling wooded hills in the northeast of Coburg. A small game preserve is located nearby. It was another residence of the Coburg dukes. It’s also the castle where Sibylla and Gustav Adolf, the parents of today’s King of Sweden, celebrated their engagement. The “royal” roses which are blooming all summer, the furniture by Roentgen, clocks, the 400 years old chapel and many other precious objects make this castle worth a visit. Furthermore one wing houses the German Marksmen Museum.
The history of the castle can be traced back to the High Middle Ages. In 1122 a certain "Thiemo de Chalwinberch" is mentioned in a document. Through the centuries the owners of the castle changed. In 1592 it became property of duke Johann Casimir of Saxe-Coburg who used it as a hunting seat and constructed the chapel of the castle. Today the chapel is still used for weddings and baptisms. In the 19th century Duke Ernst II of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha gave the castle as a wedding-present to his wife Alexandrine. The lower part of the castle was altered in the taste of the century and became a neo-Gothic jewel, surrounded by an English landscape park. Until 1945 the castle was the summer residence of the Coburg dukes.
Callenberg Castle is the perfect combination of nature and cultural experience. After extensive restoration the castle was reopened to the public in 1998. It houses the collection of the ducal art treasures, with precious pieces of furniture, paintings, porcelain, traditional handicrafts and a selection of weapons from four centuries. The architecture and equipment show the ducal home of the 19th century and tell how the small duchy made world history due to its marriage policy.
Throughout the year, special exhibitions as well as concerts take place in the castle. The chapel is still used for services, weddings and concerts. The Red Salon of the castle can be booked for private celebrations. Since 2004 the Western wing houses the German Marksmen Museum of the German Marksmen Association. The exhibition tells the history and development of marksmenship.
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