The Poor Clares Convent

Hof owes a lot to the brave nuns

The Poor Clares convent was founded in 1212. The Hofer convent was presumably built around 1287. It was located between the Franciscan monastery and an old noble estate, the Murringerhof. It was dissolved after the reformation, just like the Franciscan monastery.
The exceptionally rich estate fell to the margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach

The nunnery, which was relatively insignificant at that point, had a tremendous upswing in 1348. From that point on, the nunnery was not a shelter for the poor anymore but a nunnery for daughters of noble families.

The Hussites robbed the nunnery in 1430 and burnt it down. Abbess Agnes, however, had already brought the nuns and all the goods and chattels to safety in the St. Clare’s convent in Eger in 1425 so that reconstruction could begin as soon as 1432.

The place where St. Anne’s chapel once was is now a “place of silence”. Here between walls and flowers in bloom hikers can do some soul-searching before they hit the trail again the next day.

In its eventful history, the nunnery was once a garner, a salt storage and a prison. Today its east and south wings are places for social welfare work (Diakonie), a retirement home, an art gallery, a café and a pilgrim hostel.

View from the city hall tower

The view from the city hall tower ist worth the climb of 152 steps. In 32 meters you have a magnificent view over the city.
The tower is open during the summer months. You get the key at the tourist information.

Opening details

Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday             10 am - 1 pm
Open Sundays    1 pm - 6 pm


View from the city hall tower

The view from the city hall tower is worth-while the climb of the 152 steps. At a height of 32 m one has a wonderful view of the city.

The tower is accessible in the summer months during the opening hours of the tourist information. There you can also get the key.