The St. Lawrence Church

In the center: the Word of God and a marvelous altar

The St. Lawrence Church’s first documented mentioning was in 1214. It is believed, however, that it was built in 1080. As oldest church of the town and mother church of the region it has a great historic value. St. Lawrence Church suffered a lot from distress during the wars as it is situated outside of the town walls – defenseless.
The building that is situated directly across, the “Inkurabel” even back then belonged to the area of the rectory and housed persons in need of nursing.

Rebuilt and renovated several times, the church is now a remarkable memorial of the building of churches in the early 19th century. The church’s interior view dates back to an extensive alteration in a neo-classical style in 1822. The pulpit altar is based on the margrave style.

The most important works are a crucifix (around 1500) and a “Hertnid-von-Stein altar” (1480), a late Gothic Franconian winged altar. It was named after his donator Hertnid von Stein, cathedral dean of Bamberg and pleban in Hof and it shows among others St. Lawrence, the church’s name patron.

It is made from limewood: the Hertnid-von-Stein altar, a late Gothic Franconian winged altar from between 1480 and 1486. The order was put in by Bamberg’s cathedral dean and Hofer pleban Hertnid(t) von Stein – regarding the expansion of the St. Michael’s Church in the Hofer Neustadt.

As the inside of the St. Lawrence Church was burnt down and plundered during the so-called Markgräflerkrieg (1553), the altar was moved to there from St. Michael’s Church in 1557.

The St. Lawrence Church is an “open church” and is located in a park at the end of the pedestrian precinct. All year round committed employees offer church or tower tours, run the church café or invite interested people to have a picnic or a movie night.

As a renovation will be going on in 2013, the opening hours will be limited.

Contact us

St. Lorenzkirche
Lorenzstr. 47
95028 Hof

<p>Telefon </p> +49 9281 8331090
Telefax  +49 9281 8331099
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Entry Times

From May to mid-October, the church and the small cafe on the forecourt are open on some weekdays: Wednesday to Friday 14.00 -17.00 and Saturday 12.00 -15.00.

In winter and on other times you can get the key from the "Seniorentreff ABS" next door (half-timbered building) and from the rectory.


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.