Gastro Guide

Bratwursts, beer, and baked delicacies: Upper Franconia is considered a land of plenty. Nowhere else in the world will you find so many butcher shops, bakeries, and breweries as you do here in the "Genussregion Coburg", a region of culinary delights.

Gourmet party with Bratwurstmännle

Stronghold of (bratwurst) delights

A panel of experts on the TV channel VOX once selected the Coburg Bratwurst as the best bratwurst in all of Germany - beating out even the toughest competition from Nuremberg and Thuringia.  And if you wonder how long a Coburg Bratwurst should be as you enjoy your meal, all you need to do is look up to the top of the town hall. There at the peak you will find the "Bratwurstmännle", a little figure with what looks like a measuring stick in his hand. It’s considered by many to be the official benchmark for a Coburg Bratwurst. Okay, it’s really just an old wives’ tale. The little man is actually the city’s patron, Saint Mauritius. Once a Roman legionary and later a martyr, Saint Mauritius holds a marshal’s baton in his right hand as a sign of his rank.

© Rainer Brabec
© Rainer Brabec

Coburger Rutscher

Tasty potato dumplings

The "Coburger Rutscher" are well-known far beyond Coburg’s city boundaries. This delicious version of the potato dumpling has such a soft consistency that it almost melts away on the plate. The traditionally made dumpling tastes best served plain with a delicious Franconian roast and lots of gravy. The Coburg Dumpling Market (Klößmarkt) at the end of August or beginning of September has a tempting array of tasty modern interpretations made from dumpling dough, such as dumpling pizza, gnocchi, and dumpling cordon bleu.


Coburg's famous goody

Next to the town hall at bakery and confectionery Feyler you’ll find Coburg's famous little “Schmätzchen”. The lebkuchen biscuits are made of honey, almonds, hazelnuts, and a special blend of spices according to a family recipe that is over a hundred years old. They come in two different delicious varieties - natural and chocolate-covered - and are decorated with a swab of real gold leaf.

How about a freshly roasted espresso afterwards? Coffee lovers will find exactly what they are looking for at the "Coburger Kaffeewerkstatt" located in the historic town house at the market place. The Schubart confectionery offers delicious coffees from its own roastery here.

© Melanie Schillinger
© Rainer Brabec


Spicy-fruity & aromatic-sweet

Another speciality is not only a treat for the palate, but also for the stomach: the "Hof-Likör", a herbal liqueur that tastes both spicy-fruity and aromatic-sweet. It is made according to a secret recipe and sold in the pharmacy (Hof-Apotheke) on the market place.

Beer brewing

Land of the breweries

If you're thirsty after all that food, maybe it's time you treated yourself to a nice cold beer. The choice is almost unlimited: With hundreds of breweries brewing nearly 1,000 different beers, Upper Franconia is the centre of Bavarian beer culture. While there are still many private breweries in the district of Coburg, the "Brauhaus zu Coburg" is currently the only one of its kind in the city itself. For many years, the traditional pub has been serving home-brewed beer - including rarities in the craft beer tradition of modern microbreweries - as well as Franconian and Bavarian specialities.

© Mirko Vitali,

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