The connections between Great Britain and Germany’s Royal Families go back to more than 300 years. The first Hanoverian King of England was only 52nd in line to the throne, but thanks to the Act of Settlement, George was the nearest Protestant eligible to take the crown. Not so long ago Germany was ruled by an astonishing 22 monarchies, including four kingdoms, eleven duchies, and seven principalities.
- Return flights from the UK
- Car hire throughout
- 1 night accommodation in Coburg
- 1 night accommodation in Gotha
- 3 nights accommodation in Hanover
Fly from the UK to Frankfurt or Nuremberg. Upon arrival, collect your hire car and travel to Coburg for your overnight stay.
Coburg and it's Royal Family, through marriage, created ties with other European Royal Families during the 19th Century. The most famous partnerships included Leopold, a German prince who became King of Belgium, and the marriage of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, which united the two famous Royal Houses. Queen Victoria visited Coburg on a number of occasions. Coburg has four very beautiful castles and is dominated by the Veste Coburg - one of the largest fortresses in Germany. The Medieval complex is one of the largest and best-preserved castles in Germany and provided refuge to Martin Luther. Ehrenburg Castle, in Coburg's town centre, is a fine example of Neo-Gothic style. Callenberg Castel has a fine collection of firearms in the museum. Rosenau Castel was a particular favourite of Queen Victoria and has a beautifully preserved marble hall. In the afternoon, travel to Gotha for your overnight stay.
The 17th Century Schloss Friedenstein dominates the city and was the first Baroque building in Thuringia. A guided tour of the castle allows views of underground chambers, rifle galleries and the defences of the castle. The court of Gotha has hosted Emperor Napoleon and King Frederick the Great of Prussia. Try the ‘Thüringerwaldbahn’ which is one of the oldest cross-country trams. In the afternoon, travel to Hanover for your 3-night stay.
The near destruction of the old town in 1944 has seen many historic monuments restored to their former glory. The Baroque gardens of Herrenhausen were established by the mother of George I and are classed as one of the most beautiful parks in Europe. Peter the Great danced in Herrenhausen and Handel made music here. The Great Garden is the most impressive. It was inspired by a trip to Versailles and its hedge theatre, inspirational fountains and modern Grotto are worth a visit. In summer, plays are performed in the Garden Theatre and further on from this is the Grosse Fontäne, the tallest in Europe.
After checking out of the hotel travel to Hanover Airport for your return flight to the UK.