Even QueenVictoria noted the family hideaway in her diary:“A little steep, the way up to Callenberg Castle, but once you have arrived there, you can enjoy a nice cup of tea in a beautiful surrounding.”Nowadays, Castle Callenberg is privately owned by the ducal family and was opened to the public in 1998 after extensive renovations. The 19th century was a golden age for the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. During that era, through diplomacy and shrewd marriage politics, it became one of the most significant European ruling dynasties up to the end of the monarchies in 1918. The ‘Coburgs’were closely related to almost all European princely families and furnished the sovereigns of four royal dynasties: Belgium, Portugal, Great Britain and Bulgaria.
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