The Hof District is the source of the Saale River, which cuts between the eastern reaches of the Fichtelgebirge and the western hills of the Frankenwald. In this valley region, you will come across the resources of German haute couture — the tanneries, dying pools, mills, weavers, and spinning plants of a booming textile industry.
Hof District Map
Towns & Villages in the Hof District
- Bad Steben
- Berg (Upp. Franconia)
- Schwarzenbach am Wald
- Schwarzenbach a.d. Saale
- Zell (Fichtelgebirge)
The garish, multicolor exterior of the Upper Frankish Textile Museum in Helmbrechts will have you saying “Wow!” before even stepping inside to see its displays dedicated to all facets of fabric production. Later on, in Münchberg, Bavaria‘s self-proclaimed Textile Town, you can shop for bargains at the factory outlets of renowned garment manufacturers based here.
For sightseeing, you will want to visit the 14th-century Pilgramsreuth village church in Rehau, named among the most beautiful churches in the country. Then move along to Selbitz, where you will want to stop by the LokLand Model Train Museum, filled with replicas of locomotives and one of the largest model railways in Europe.
Local celebrations are also a big part of life in the Hof District, too. In Lichtenberg, located within the Franconian Forest Nature Park, a lively festival is held each year amid the town’s medieval castle ruins.
Meanwhile in Naila, the annual Woodland Open Air event draws thousands for its music concerts and merchandise stalls. Of course, colorful textile goods are available.