Information board Saaleradweg 3

"Hof - at the top of Bavaria" is what the people of Hof like to say about their town - and that also applies to pleasure! The town is characterised by a high density of bakeries and butcher's shops.

This is accompanied by a great variety: from the many variations of bratwurst, ham and sausage to the good Franconian dishes and snacks in the restaurants, various pastries and bakery products, but also fish, fruit and cheese specialities - and all this in a quality that is second to none.

Every child loves him and every visit to Hof leads past him - he is the epitome of Hof lifestyle and identity: the Hof Wärschtlamo. The first thing you notice is the shiny brass kettle and the large basket. Many visitors are astonished and approach it with curiosity. It is quickly clear: there is something delicious here!

Since 1871 the Wärschtlamo has been an integral part of Hof's townscape. He is the sympathetic figurehead of the town and stands for a tradition which only exists in Hof.

Today you can find the Hofer Wärschtlamo in the Lorenzstraße, the old town and at the "Oberen Tor". He can be recognised by the typical brass kettle and the large basket for the bread rolls.


The Saxonian Saale is not called 'Saxonian' because it flows through Saxony - it does not. However, its course leads through an area that belonged to the historical "(Upper) Saxony", i.e. the dominion of the Saxon dynasties. The small principalities, which merged with a few others to form Thuringia in 1920, were called Saxony-Weimar, Saxony-Eisenach, Saxony-Coburg-Gotha, etc., because their principalities had emerged as secessions from Saxon dynasties.

Besides the Saxonian Saale there is also the Franconian Saale in the Rhön Mountains.