We started our trip at the very southern tip of Bavaria and four days in, we were driving northwest to my grandma’s house in Sonnefeld. It’s a tiny little town with lots of history, very kind people, and shops with my grandmother’s and great grandmother’s maiden names on them. There is so much family and cultural history in this place, and it’s always so magical to come back to and see it unchanged through the years. Sonnefeld is just down the road from Coburg, a larger city and the home of the Veste Coburg- a castle where Martin Luther once lived! Our very first day at my grandma’s, we met up with my cousin Anke and her boyfriend Robert to explore the city! This was on December 23rd, which was our five year anniversary… and the BEST anniversary we have had so far!!!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Walking up to the Veste!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

It’s beautiful in a much more medieval kind of way!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

All of us!! :)

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Inside the castle’s walls…

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

And the view of Coburg! It looks so different in the winter…!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

And then of course, some portraits because… when in Germany…

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Thank you, Anke, for capturing these!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Justin and his GoPro…

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Then we headed into downtown Coburg for the Christmas Market. It turned out to be my favorite Christmas Market we saw the entire trip!!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

THE BRATWURSTS. SO GOOD!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Ahhhh, so pretty and romantic and Christmassy and wonderful.

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Then we went to the Landestheater for an opera… in German. THAT was interesting!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

I actually didn’t take any pictures on Christmas Eve because we relaxed at my grandma’s house (our first day to relax on the trip so far!) and ate pork, potato dumplings, and lots of chocolate and cookies before going to the 10pm Christmas Eve service at the church down the road (that’s well over 500 years old)! The next morning on Christmas Day, we went and explored the two churches that stand on opposite sides of the valley near Sonnefeld: Vierzehnheiligen and Kloster Banz… actually, I’m not sure what the name of the second church is, but the palace part is called Kloster Banz. Lol.

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

This is FIVE minutes from my grandma’s… crazy!!!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Very funny, dad….

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Walking up to the church!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Annndd… it was gorgeous inside!!!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Love him!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

And then, the next church! It was hard to take pictures in here because it’s just so big and there are so many different little corners. There were also TONS of people… I was surprised!

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

A few days later we took a walk around Sonnefeld and I was having some serious flashbacks to being a kid and walking these same streets with my mom and dad. We passed the pool and the waterslide that I used to dream about as a little girl because I would have so much fun playing at it. It was one of the main things I remembered Germany by… and it was so, so cool to show it to Justin… :) And to see it with my two sisters and my dad, all at the same time for the first time ever.

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

Sonnefeld Coburg Germany Christmas Market

We loved visiting my grandma and seeing Sonnefeld together! Next up… Bamberg, Germany (all covered in snow and beautiful!!!) and Dachau!

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