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Luther Trail: Section 16 – From Coburg Fortress to Neustadt bei Coburg

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  • Veste Coburg
    / Veste Coburg
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  • / Lutherdenkmal - Veste Coburg
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  • / Bulgarenturm - Veste Coburg
    Photo: Initiative Rodachtal e.V.
  • / Veste Coburg
    Photo: Initiative Rodachtal e.V.
  • / Lutherzimmer - Veste Coburg
    Photo: Initiative Rodachtal e.V.
  • / Neustädter Stadtkirche St. Georg
    Photo: Initiative Rodachtal e.V.
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Along winding trails, you leave Coburg and once again approach the Bavarian-Thuringian border from the north east. Luther himself often stopped over in Neustadt.
moderate
Distance 24.8 km
8:00 h
436 m
492 m
When the Saxon Prince Elector travelled with a delegation to the Diet of Augsburg in 1530, Martin Luther had to remain in Coburg for his own protection. He lived at Coburg Fortress – one of the largest and best preserved castles in Germany – for almost six months. Here he completed many world famous writings, worked on his translation of the Old Testament, wrote the ‘Coburg Psalms’, penned an interpretation of the 117th and 118th psalms and much more. His letters to his wife, children, Melanchthon and others are also famous.

“When I die I will haunt the bishops, priests and Godless monks so much, that they will have more to do with the dead Luther than they would have with a thousand live ones”.

Today the Luther Chapel and the two ‘Luther chambers’ with their valuable pictures and the famous ‘Hedwig beaker’ remind us of the Reformer’s stay at Coburg Fortress. An audio-visual guide in both German and English at Coburg Fortress shows the most important places in Martin Luther’s life and in Coburg.

The Luther Library with its unique Cranach Bible and Luther's first prints is located in the state library at Ehrenburg Castle. Luther preached at St Moriz' church seven times during Easter week. A bust and a special exhibition dedicated to the Reformer can be seen there.

Martin Luther often stopped in the neighbouring town of Neustadt bei Coburg.

Author’s recommendation

Historische Führung mit Luther auf der Veste Coburg: www.kunstsammlungen-coburg.de 
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Paul Hentschel
Update: February 23, 2018
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Highest point
445 m
Lowest point
304 m
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Start

Coburg Fortress (420 m)
Coordinates:
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50.264455, 10.984253
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50°15'52.0"N 10°59'03.3"E
UTM
32U 641418 5569918
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Destination

St George's Church – Neustadt bei Coburg

Turn-by-turn directions

Coburg Fortress – Einberg – Mönchröden – Kipfendorf – Wellmersdorf – Fechheim – Neustadt bei Coburg

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coburg is easily accessible via Deutsche Bahn. Once you get to Coburg, take the number 5 bus to the fortress. TIMETABLE

Getting there

Coming from the A73, take exit 7 (Coburg) and continue on the B4 towards Coburg Zentrum. Please use the parking spaces near the station and use public transport to get to the fortress.

Parking

Parking is available right next to the bus and railway station. LINK

Coordinates

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50.264455, 10.984253
DMS
50°15'52.0"N 10°59'03.3"E
UTM
32U 641418 5569918
w3w 
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
24.8 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
436 m
Descent
492 m
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