The parish church of St Laurence, Hof

The mother church of the region

When you walk through the little park to the church and go inside through the main porch with the biblical symbols, you probably have no idea of the significance of this place. St Laurence’s was the original parish of the western Vogtland and had daughter churches deep into Thuringia and Saxony. The church, whose origins go way back beyond the first written records of 800 years ago, was destroyed , rebuilt and enlarged again and again.The baroque furnishings were removed in 1822, after the church had been used as a hospital for French prisoners of war.
The most valuable work of art is the late gothic winged altar (end of the 15C), donated by Hertnid vom Stein and which came from St Michael’s church. In the central panel, Emperor Henry 2 and his wife Kunigunde hold up a model of Bamberg Cathedral, whilst the donor, the priest of Hof and a dean of the Cathedral, kneels beneath it. The present interior with its classical-style pulpit altar was created in 1882, and then added to in 1947/8: the stucco coffered ceiling; the artificial marble on the pillars;the symbols on the lower gallery and in the chancel; and the choir of angels on the organ gallery– all in white, complementing the green and grey of the marble.

the church.

The parish church of St Laurence
Lorenzstr. 49
95028 Hof

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00-17:00
Open every day in summer, usually from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ”In winter the church is closed.

Evang.-Luth. Pfarramt Hof-St.Lorenz
09281 8196913

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Car parking
  • Bus parking
  • Charging station electric bikes
  • Charging station electric cars
  • Public transport
  • 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 Laurence:

Jakobsweg Hof-Weißenstadt 42 km Jakobsweg Via Imperii Teilabschnitt Leipzig-Hof 192 km Jakobsweg Hof-Bayreuth-Nürnberg 183 km Sächsischer Jakobsweg (und Jakobsweg Vogtland) Bautzen-Dresden-Hof 300 km Saale-Radweg 403 km Hof Land HO 3 – Saale-Selbitz Tour 60 km Hof Land HO 9 – Grenztour 2 51 km Jean-Paul-Weg 200 km Seenweg 88 km Wanderweg der Deutschen Einheit 1080 km Bayerisches Vogtland – Vom Golddorf Kirchgattendorf zum Museumsdorf Mödlareuth 31 km Durch Bayerns steinreiche Ecke 203 km Hof Land – Vogtlandradweg 13 km Hof Land HO 1 – Von See zu See 60 km Radrunde Oberfranken 552 km Radweg D11 Ostsee-Oberbayern 1694 km Durch die Altstadt von Hof 4.5 km Markgrafenkirchen und sehr viel mehr
Tour 19: “Im Hofer Land”
35 km

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