The parish church of St Bartholomew, Bindlach

For over a thousand years

Bindlach is the oldest parish in the region of Bayreuth: the ‘original parish’. There was a church in the 8C or 9C Slavic village long before the diocese of Bamberg was founded in 1007, but nothing remains of it now. The oldest artefact in the present church is on the tower: an angel which bears the date 1464. Rebuilding took place repeatedly , and the former altars may now be admired in Lindenhardt (Grünewald) and in Harsdorf.
Gradually, during a long building phase which lasted from 1766 until 1782, a synthesis of the arts emerged, on which the best architects and artists of the margravate collaborated.The building itself, the exterior of which is also richly decorated, was planned by the court architect C.Ph. von Gontard together with J.G.Räntz. The interior decoration was designed by R.H.Richter and J.G.Riedel. The court painter E.W. Wunder created the large ceiling picture of the Ascension of Christ, whilst the court stucco artist R.Albini fashioned the plasterwork with its Christian symbols. The pulpit altar , the work of A. Neuhauser and F.P.Schuh, is crowned with the scene of the Transfiguration of Christ. Lifesize statues of the four Evangelists shine out in the same sparkling white as those of St Peter and St Paul.
The noble Baroque organ case has also been preserved, even though the inner workings of the organ have been renewed on several occasions.
Double galleries run right around the main body of the church, which is as splendid as a ballroom. At the top of the pulpit two angels carry the initial of Margrave Alexander, during whose reign the building was completed, after his predecessor had borrowed the congregation’s money and omitted to return it. The church of Bindlach is said to have been the most expensive of all the margrave churches.

the church.

The parish church of St Bartholomew
Kirchplatz 2
95463 Bindlach

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 09:00-17:00
In the winter months the church is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Evang.-Luth. Pfarramt Bindlach
09208 200

  • Car parking
  • Bus parking
  • Public transport
  • WC
  • Food and drink
  • Church tours

the surroundings.

It's worth going a little bit further: many churches lie on lovely cycle, walking and pilgrim paths. You will find an overview of them in the following map, as well as places worth seeing nearby. It also has links to local area, church and tourist information websites.

Bike tracks, pilgrim paths and hiking trails close to The parish church of St Bartholomew:

Obermain-Frankenwald-Tour 236 km Radrunde Oberfranken 552 km Bayreuth Radring – Schleife D 19 km Bayreuth Land BT 37 – Trebgasttal-Tour 41 km Jean-Paul-Weg 200 km Bayreuth Radring – Äußerer Radring 49 km Mitteleuropa-Route-EuroVelo 4 5100 km Kleine Rundwanderung um Bindlach 3 km Markgrafenkirchen und sehr viel mehr
Tour 2: “Im Rotmain- und Trebgasttal”
41 km

Visit the

Find more events on the church's website or the Evangelische Termine portal (Evangelical events portal).