Outside Arzberg, in Bergnersreuth, the Museum for Traditional Rural
Equipment gives an insight into life, living and working in past times.
The property which before was used for agriculture offers a diverse
range of museum educational programmes, a museum garden with
animals and fun for the whole family. Besides interesting equipment
for agriculture, craftsmanship and transport, a nativity scenery called
Weiß’sche Krippe with figurines from the workshops of legendary
ARZBERG potter families is worth seeing. The museum also informs about the regional phenomenon of porcelain as a currency.

Volkskundliches Gerätemuseum
Wunsiedler Straße 14
95659 Arzberg-Bergnersreuth
Tel. 09233/5225

Bad Alexandersbad

Enjoy the romantic flair which the historic buildings from the 18th
century are giving to the spa. Try the iron-acidulous healing waters
from spring Luise in the traditional way from a porcelain cup for
healing water and follow the traces of Queen Luise while walking
through the spa gardens. A marked walking trail is dedicated to her,
combining the historic places of the royals’ visit in 1805, the viewpoints and nature oasis (Queen Luise trail, start: parking at the town’s entrance).

Bad Staffelstein

Bad Staffelstein is situated in a region called Gottesgarten (God's Garden) am Obermain between Basilika Vierzehnheiligen, Monastery and Palace Banz and Staffelberg hill.

Stadtmuseum Bad Staffelstein
Kirchgasse 14, 96231 Bad Staffelstein
Tel. 09573/331030

Kloster Banz
Kloster Banz 18, 96231 Bad Staffelstein

Vierzehnheiligen 2 , 96231 Bad Staffelstein
Tel. 09571/95080


Vegetables have been growing in the cathedral city since the 17th century. In Bamberg’s garden city you can expect urban gardening and its products, viewing platform Böhmerwiese and the gardener and winemaker museum (Gärtner- und Häckermuseum). The district is an important part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be explored by a circular trail. 

The World Heritage City is also known for its many breweries. The Franconian beer museum, beer tasting tours, breweries, beer cellars and more offers for the so-called liquid bread give much opportunity to experience the beer’s world in different ways. 

5 km east of Bamberg the baroque charm of Castle Seehof attracts visitors. The magnificent building, set up as a summer residence following the plans of Antonio Petrini, allows to visit nine splendid show rooms of the prince-bishops’ restored domicile. Also impressive are the reconstructed cascade with water shows and the sandstone sculptures by Ferdinand Tietz representing the glamour of the former rococo garden.

Sammlung Ludwig
Obere Brücke 1, 96047 Bamberg
Tel. 0951/871871

Historisches Museum Bamberg (Historic museum)
Domplatz 7, 96049 Bamberg
Tel. 0951/5190746

Neue Residenz Bamberg (New Residence)
Domplatz 8, 96049 Bamberg
Tel. 0951/519390

Krippenmuseum Bamberg (Nativity scenes museum)
Obere Sandstraße 23, 96049 Bamberg
Tel. 0951/55657

Gärtner- und Häckermuseum
Mittelstraße 34, 96052 Bamberg
Tel. 0951/30179455

Schloss Seehof
Schloss Seehof 1, 96117 Memmelsdorf
Tel. 0951/409571


While visiting the precious Bayreuth faience collections, let yourself
be carried away to the rococo’s fine lifestyle and table culture. At the
New Palace where Margrave Friedrich and his wife Wilhelmine once
resided, you can discover the Rummel Collection with 300 top-class
faience objects (among them the so-called Brown Ware).
And more than 600 individual pieces in possession of the Historic Museum by donation of industrialist Dr Otto Burkhardt give a comprehensive impression of the Princely Faience Manufactory’s production. On Porcelain Factory Walküre’s premises you will find the company’s factory sales and a museum inviting for a journey through a century of Walküre porcelain.

Come and experience Bayreuth Rococo at the Margravial Opera
House, one of the most beautifully maintained European baroque
theatres, at Landscape Park Hermitage with its magical Orangery or
at the New Palace.
Follow the traces of great personalities at the Franz Liszt, Jean Paul
or Richard Wagner museums or relax and enjoy at Thermal Bath
Every year the Wagner fever breaks out all over the town between
July 25 and August 28. During the 30 performances, Bayreuth is a
hotspot for guests from Germany and abroad.

Erste Bayreuther Porzellanfabrik Walküre Siegmund Paul Meyer GmbH
Museum & Werksverkauf
Gravenreutherstraße 5, 95445 Bayreuth
Tel. 0921/789300

Neues Schloss
Sammlung Rummel
Ludwigstraße 21, 95444 Bayreuth
Tel. 0921/75969

Historisches Museum
Sammlung Dr. Otto Burkhardt
Kirchplatz 6, 95444 Bayreuth
Tel. 0921/764010

Markgräfliches Opernhaus
Opernstraße 14, 95444 Bayreuth
Tel. 0921/7596922

Eremitage 1, 95448 Bayreuth
Tel. 0921/7596937

Wahnfriedstraße 9, 95444 Bayreuth
Tel. 0921/5166488

Wahnfriedstraße 1, 95444 Bayreuth
Tel. 0921/5071444

Richard Wagner Museum
Wahnfriedstraße 2, 95444 Bayreuth
Tel. 0921/757280


The museum in Cheb, one of the oldest and biggest in the Karlsbad region, is located at Market Square in the Gothic house of a bourgeois family (Pachelbelhaus) where Wallenstein was murdered in 1632. The museum accordingly focuses on the local history and also on this Bohemian commander and the Thirty Years’ War. Thousands of exhibits bring the region’s culture and history close to you.

Follow the town’s historic traces on your way to Eger Castle (Chebský hrad) above the river Eger. The Staufer emperors’ former palatinate is partly preserved and hosts an archeological collection. The Black Tower in which prisoners were once held, is impressive.

Bezirksmuseum Cheb
nám. Krále Jiřího z Poděbrad 493/4
350 11 Cheb
Tel. (+420) 354400620

Chebský hrad
Burg Eger
Dobrovského 2062/21, 350 02 Cheb
Tel. (+420) 739322494

Egerländer Bauernhof in Milíkov
Milíkov 18, 350 01 Cheb
Tel. (+420) 602423798 od. 739322499


Doll museum
Dolls from grandma’s and great-grandma’s childhood from Käthe
Kruse to Schildkröt, doll houses, kitchens and shops as well as porcelain and furniture completing the dolls’ world and, of course, the stories behind it are presented at the Doll Museum. The doll doctor’s consultation-hour takes place on the second Sunday of the month.

With its powerful walls and towers, the Franconian Crown ranks among Germany’s biggest castle buildings. It is home of works by Cranach, Dürer and Grünewald and the former ducal art collections.
Be sure to also visit the historic rooms equipped with porcelain.
Other pieces of splendour are the two oldest carriages of the world
and baroque slides. GeckoBahn takes you quite comfortably from
Herrngasse to the Veste.

Veste Coburg
Veste Coburg 1, 96450 Coburg
Tel. 09561/8790

Puppenmuseum Coburg
Rückertstraße 2 – 3, 96450 Coburg
Tel. 09561/891480

Hindenburgplatz 1
96465 Neustadt bei Coburg
Tel. 09568/5600


Inside the medieval town centre, directly situated at the city wall in former executioner’s house and northern town gate, you will find the Jugs Museum showing precious apostle, planet, hunting and elector’s jugs as well as writing utensils from Creußen clay. Enjoy the world of pottery, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain.

Archaeological finds which came to light in 1999 and 2000 during archaeological excavations, are exhibited in former gate watchman’s room at the town’s rear gate.

International Pottery market
The market reminds the local tradition of the ceramics’ handicraft, it takes place every year on the second Sunday in July.

Krügemuseum Creußen
Am Rennsteig 8, 95473 Creußen
Tel. 09270/5805


Insight into Erbendorf’s urban and economic history is available at the Museum for local history and mining (Heimat- und Bergbaumuseum). Set up in a former monastery, the museum i.a. provides information about extinct occupations (note opening hours).

Heimat- und Bergbaumuseum Erbendorf
Georg-Bertelshofer-Platz, 92681 Erbendorf
Tel. 09682/921032


The museum is located in a hospital yard from the 13th century
and focuses on Hof’s civic and artistic history. Besides exhibits from
handicraft, techniques and nature, the museum also shows products
from Porcelain Factory Moschendorf. The house’s profile is completed
by a department presenting the history of the refugees and
displaced persons in Hof.

Museum Bayerisches Vogtland
Sigmundsgraben 6, 95028 Hof
Tel. 09281/8152700

Hohenberg a. d. Eger

This second location of the State Museum of Porcelain displays in a
villa, which once was owned by the Hutschenreuther family, various
facets of former table and living culture. Focusing on German porcelain from the 19th and the 20th century, the house presents an enormous variety of decorative articles, figurines, art objects up to hotel ware. Besides a museum educational programme, the museum’s offers include expertise days when heirlooms and cellar treasures are examined by an expert (info at Porzellanikon’s facebook page). 

Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan
Hohenberg a. d. Eger
Schirndinger Straße 48
95691 Hohenberg a. d. Eger
Tel. 09233/772211

Burg Hohenberg
Burg 1, 95691 Hohenberg a. d. Eger
Tel. 09233/77260

Horní Slavkov

In a historically significant street, you will find the town’s Municipal Museum situated in a bourgeois family’s Renaissance house. The development of this former mining village, later-on characterised by the tin and porcelain industry, is documented there. Come to see the peculiar Black Kitchen.

Museum Horní Slavkov
Pluhova ulice 211, 357 31 Horní Slavkov
Tel. (+420) 606566436

Kostel sv. Jiří
Wehrkirche St. Georg

Observation tower Krásno (Schönfeld)

Karlovy Vary

Warm mineral springs which, according to legend, Charles IV discovered while stag hunting, allegedly encouraged the Bohemian king to found the city named after him. This city rose to the position of the nobility’s meeting point, particularly, after Tsar Peter the Great had visited the place in 1712. There, the high society enjoyed a combination of healing waters, spa treatment and promenade, developed by Dr David Becher. Also Goethe, Bach, Chopin and Gogol joined this health resort. Gradually the famous colonnades, spa installations, sacred buildings and cultural sites came into being, which made Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) a pearl within the Bohemian spa triangle.

Move closer to the nostalgic magic. Equipped with a porcelain cup for healing water (available all over the town) you can taste the refreshing waters from 13 springs and become familiar with the town. Visit the colonnades, from the most modern one offering 72°C hot sparkling water, to the park, mill and finally market colonnade, which looks like white lace. You will see St. Mary Magdalene Church by K. I. Dientzenhofer, stroll along Promenade Street which leads to Grandhotel Pupp and cross Dvořák Park.

The town’s Municipal Museum was founded in 1865 and, since then, developed to a modern centre of documentation of Karlsbad spa treatment and regional monuments. It keeps memories of the old Karlsbad handicrafts, with its collection of cups for healing waters and sparkling stones ranking among the oldest inventory.

Museum Karlovy Vary
Nová louka 23, 360 01 Karlovy Vary
Tel. (+420) 353226252

Vrch přátelství 5/1, 360 01 Karlovy Vary
Tel. (+420) 353222872

Vanočni dům – Zameček Doubi
Weihnachtshaus – Schloss Doubí
Studentská 73, 360 07 Karlovy Vary
Tel. (+420) 353220091


Kirchenlamitz is a wonderful starting point for long walks and hiking tours through woods and meadows. Come to walk on the traces of the local history of castle Epprechtstein whose first documentary evidence is proved for the 13th century. Or walk along former Winterling porcelain factory to church village Hallerstein. The city of Kirchenlamitz informs on its webpage about walking and hiking possibilities in the town and its surroundings.

Burg Epprechtstein
Granitsteinlabyrinth Epprechtstein

Jagdschloss Fahrenbühl
Fahrenbühl 14, 95158 Kirchenlamitz
Tel. 09284/364


Fortress Rosenberg, which once was the castle of the bishop of Bamberg, dominates the old town. It is home for several museums including the Franconian Gallery and the Stonemason Museum. Explore the fortress on your own, get an insight into Franconian’s art or discover during a guided tour the underground reserve and ordnance casemates of this late-medieval bastion.

Festung Rosenberg
Festung, 96317 Kronach
Tel. 09261/60410


Nostalgic people will be enthusiastic about the variety of castles inthe area of Küps. Within the eight castles you can find among othersa hunting lodge, a moated castle, and a palace. Because all of themare private property, sight-seeing is only possible from the outside.

Palace dreams: Neues Schloss, Oberes Schloss, Altes Schloss, Schloss Hain (OT Hain), Schloss Alte Kemenate (OT Nagel), Schloss Oberlangenstadt (OT Oberlangenstadt), Schloss Schmölz (OT Schmölz), Schloss Theisenort (OT  Theisenort), Wasserschloss Tüschnitz (OT Tüschnitz)


The largest known collection of Schney porcelain is shown at the
municipal museum located in an old villa of former directors. The
house also focuses on the basket industry for which the town has
been a centre since the middle of the 19th century. You may enter
into the German basket town’s craftsman tradition on the occasion
of the annual Lichtenfels basket market in September, in local basket
shops or during a wickerwork course.

Stadtmuseum Lichtenfels
Bamberger Straße 3A, 96215 Lichtenfels
Tel. 09571/739422


BOHEMIAN PEARL Loket is picturesquely situated on a rock and is surrounded on three sides by the river Eger. The river bend resembles an elbow (German Ellenbogen) which lead to the town’s German name Elbogen. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who stayed in Loket several times, got excited about this Bohemian Rothenburg. Its market square surrounded by historic dwelling houses, Holy Trinity column created by sculptor Karl Stülp, St. Wenzel Church with its artistic interior and the town hall in the Early Baroque style hosting a Bookbinding Museum contribute to the town’s reputation.

Hrad Loket
Burg Elbogen
Zámecká 67, 357 33 Loket
Tel. (+420) 352684648

Museum für Buchbinderei im Rathaus
Náměsti T. G. Masaryka 1, 357 33 Loket
Tel. (+420) 352684229


Castle Lauenstein
Burgstraße 3, 96337 Ludwigsstadt
Tel. 09263/400


Egerland-Kulturhaus, a museum for civilization from Egerland, was
solemnly inaugurated in 1973. You will experience the moving history
of the Egerländer and the region from which they were expulsed
after 1945. Enjoy rural life, handicraft, industry and bath culture of
past times, including Egerland porcelain ware like cups for healing
water. The porcelain cups, richly decorated, advanced to a representation object par excellence and, until today, serve for drinking cures.

Fikentscherstraße 24, 95615 Marktredwitz
Tel. 09231/3907


MUSEUM MITTERTEICH – Porcelain, Glass & Craft
The town’s porcelain tradition is carried on at the premises of former Porcelain Factory Mitterteich AG. After restoration of the area, there is now a museum with a café and porcelain factory sales. Original workbenches, old moulds, interviews with contemporary witnesses, documents and pictures tell the history of porcelain production in Mitterteich.

Museum Mitterteich –
Porzellan, Glas, Handwerk
Tirschenreuther Straße 10
95666 Mitterteich
Tel. 09633/918778 


Schaubergwerk Friedrich-Wilhelm-Stollen (Show mine)
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Stollen 1
95192 Lichtenberg
Tel. 09288/216

Heimatmuseum im Schusterhof (Local history museum)
Schleifmühlweg 11, 95119 Naila
Tel. 09282/6829


HOME, FARMS & History
The borderland homeland-rooms of district Marienbad, located in the Old Postal Station at Marktplatz, show home property, saved from expulsion, like kitchen and household ware, but also porcelain witnessing its once was rich industry. Souvenirs, chronicles and documents recall the past.

Kesslsimerhof is a farm built in the typical Egerland style, surrounded by buildings along all four sides. The half-timbered building, which is characteristic for this region, is home for a farm museum with a variety of tools regarding working like in the past.

After last owner Anna Schöner had bequeathed her Sengerhof, together with its contents, to the community of Neualbenreuth, it is now used as a centre for culture and information named Fraisch. Come to discover the history of the Stiftland.

Grenzlandheimatstuben des Heimatkreises Marienbad (borderland homeland-rooms)
Alte Posthalterei
Marktplatz 10, 95698 Neualbenreuth
Tel. 09638/933250

Turmstraße 55, 95698 Neualbenreuth
Tel. 09638/357

Sengerhof – Kultur- und Informationszentrum Fraisch
Turmstraße 5 u. 7, 95698 Neualbenreuth
Tel. 09638/933250


Porcelain at the monastery
In the 1990s, the city of Ostrov, supported by an association, started to collect porcelain from former local production, which in specialist catalogues is cited for its high quality under the name of the town’s original German name Schlackenwerth. This significant collection can be seen at the monastery’s church located at the western edge of the historic old town. Besides Mariä Annunciation Church, the so-called holy district includes three chapels and a monastery garden with eco centre.

The extended Baroque castle complex is also worth seeing, as well as the castle’s park set up in the spirit of Italian Renaissance gardens with fountains, artificial ponds and rock formations. Inside the park, once called the eighth wonder of the world, you will find Abraham Leuthner’s summer residence Bílý dvůr, set up in 17th century. In former times it was a place for the dukes’ and margraves’ pleasures and today, as a subsidiary of Karlovy Vary Art Gallery, shows art from the 20th century.

Klášterní areál
Heiliger Bezirk Ostrov
Klášterní 141/D, 363 01 Ostrov
Tel. (+420) 351800521

Letohrádek Ostrov
Lustschloss Ostrov
Zámecký park 226, 363 01 Ostrov
Tel. (+420) 353842883

Dům kultury Ostrov
Haus der Kultur Ostrov
Mírové náměstí 733, 363 01 Ostrov
Tel. (+420) 353800511526

Horní Hrad
Burg Hauenstein
Horní Hrad 1, obec Krásný Les
363 01 Ostrov
Tel. (+420) 353541287


The town with the highest industrial density in Bavaria has also significant cultural aspects. Its museum complex situated at Maxplatz focuses on the town’s history mainly characterized by the two local porcelain companies, but also by tanner handicraft and the river pearl mussel. The Sudeten German’s cultural heritage is documented at two historic centres called Ascher Heimatstube and Roßbacher Weberstube. Next to it, dolls from more than a century are shown at the Dolls and Toys Collection.

Where Zeh, Scherzer & Co produced porcelain until 1990, there is now a place for art named REHAU ART, established by plastic producer REHAU as a communication centre with art gallery. Constructive art and concrete poetry can be experienced at the municipal art gallery showing between four and five exhibitions per year and hosting the eugen gomringer archive.

Museum am Maxplatz
Maxplatz 5 – 9
95111 Rehau
Tel. 09283/4609

Ascher Heimatstube
95111 Rehau
Tel. 09283/898560

Rosbacher Weberstube
Maxplatz 5 – 9
95111 Rehau
Tel. 09283/898560

Zehstraße 5
95111 Rehau
Tel. 09283/772817

Kunsthaus Rehau
Kirchgasse 4
95111 Rehau
Tel. 09283/899485


Picturesquely situated above Itz valley, Rosenau Palace presents
ceramic objects from the Veste Coburg art collections. Focusing on
German ceramics, the exhibition shows traditional ceramic vessels
like vases and bowls, wall reliefs, abstract and figurative sculptures
as well as conceptual objects. And then, the English-romantic landscape garden around Rosenau invites you to relax and to dream.

Schloss Rosenau
Rosenau 1, 96472 Rödental
Tel. 09563/308410

Europäisches Museum für Modernes Glas
Rosenau 10, 96472 Rödental
Tel. 09561/87979

Lauterburgstraße, 96472 Oberwohlsbach


Schirnding, located between Fichtelgebirge and the Bohemian basin,
is characterized by border traffic and the former inner German border.
Get an impression at the Bavarian Border Museum of the time
of the Cold War and then experience at Schirnding’s Künstlerhaus
(House of Artists) their cross-border creative work, featuring various exhibitions and cultural events. From and via Schirnding, you will reach the Porcelain Route’s Czech part.

Bayerisches Grenzmuseum Schirnding (Bavarian Border Museum)
Egerstraße 53
95706 Schirnding
Tel. 09231/7587 od.

Künstlerhaus Schirnding e. V. (House of Artists)
Hauptstraße 5
95706 Schirnding
Tel. 09233/77110


In front of the Blue House, which was built in 1723 and first served as a town hall, but today hosts the municipal museum, a pyramid of cups is a reminder of the place’s porcelain tradition. Inside the building you will find the first complete show of rediscovered products from Porcelain Manufactory Reichmannsdorf, the determination of which for a long time had been impossible because they had no back stamp. The exhibition is completed by comparable pieces from other production sites from the turn to the 19th century. 

The museum also offers a real porcelain curiosity with Europe’s biggest collection of salt and pepper shakers.

Stadtmuseum Schlüsselfeld
Marktplatz 25, 96132 Schlüsselfeld
Tel. 09552/9222 ext. 0


Schloss Sophienreuth

Schwarzenbach a.d. Saale

In Germany’s first comic museum you will get close to Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck. The Erika Fuchs House acknowledges the German Micky Mouse magazine’s former chief editor who lived in Schwarzenbach and inserted local references to her Micky Mouse translations.

Museum für Comic und Sprachkunst
Marktplatz 1
95126 Schwarzenbach a. d. Saale

Ökopark Hertelsleite


Over generations, porcelain industry has characterized the urban economic and cultural life of the city of Selb. So, no wonder, the traces of the white gold can be found everywhere. Just follow the Red Thread winding along the pavement and besides porcelain fountains you will discover the onion-pattern bench and the porcelain lane, and also a city map of porcelain and the city’s history made of porcelain tiles.
Exceptinal dealings with porcelain also attest the Vasarely-relief in the municipal indoor swimming pool and the world largest coffee pot opposite the BSZ for product design and testing technology that could hold up to 60,000 cups of coffee. For groups the tourist info offers 90-minute guided tours through the porcelain world of Selb. The Porcelain path leads you further into the surroundings by foot or bike along the Hundertwasser house, rainbow fassade (by Otto Piene) and the Morandini mirror house up to the former living quarters of Philip Rosenthal, Erkersreuth palace and onto Hohenberg a.d. Eger.

Fascinating insights into the porcelain industry’s history and the porcelain workers’ life is provided at Porzellanikon – State Museum for Porcelain, which in separate departments also offers technical ceramics and Rosenthal’s design history. In this former Rosenthal factory you will experience demonstrations about various production steps, like casting of the famous White Maria sugar bowl. The big steam-engine rattles every hour and museum education has interesting offers for children.

Special pieces are offered at Germany’s biggest porcelain flea market, which every year on the first weekend in August entices thousands of visitors to participate in the Porcelain Makers’ Festival. Also during the Weeks of the White Gold, when exhibitors at Rosenthal Theatre present porcelain trends and table creations Selb demonstrates, once again, his face as the city of porcelain.

Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan, Selb
Werner-Schürer-Platz 1, 95100 Selb
Tel. 09287/918000

Schloß Erkersreuth (former home of Philip Rosenthal)
Hauptstraße, 95100 Selb-Erkersreuth

Tourist-Information Selb
Ludwigstraße 6, 95100 Selb
Tel. 09287/883-118/-179


The Bernard Estate in Královské Poříčí (Königswerth) offers country life and handicrafts for the whole family. The craftsmen there will show you how creative products are made with traditional techniques. If you want to try, you may attend a course at the ceramic workshop. The estate, which offers for weekend stays, also offers craft shops and the Czech-German centre of the river Eger.

Kreismuseum Zamek Sokolov
Museum Schloss Falkenau
Zámecká 2, 356 01 Sokolov
Tel. (+420) 352623930

Statek Bernard
Gutshof Bernard
Šachetní 135, 357 41 Královské Poříčí
Tel. (+420) 352629722


Modelleisenbahnmuseum La Statione (Model railway museum)
Kemnather Straße 7, 95469 Speichersdorf
Tel. 09275/989-22

Tauritzmühle 1, 95469 Speichersdorf
Tel. 09275/1600


Kochen und Kultur Kerstin Rentsch (Cooking and culture)
Kuhwald 1, 96355 Tettau/Kleintettau
Tel. 09269/943249

KLEIN EDEN – Tropenhaus am Rennsteig GmbH (Little Eden - Tropical house)
Klein Eden 1, 96355 Tettau
Tel. 0926977/145


In the Land of a 1000 ponds, as the region around Tirschenreuth is called, the annual Experience Weeks Fish invite for fascination and contact with fish.

In 2013 Tirschenreuth was the place for the garden show Nature around the so-called Fischhof isle which once hosted the farm buildings of the abbots from Waldsassen surrounded by a 190 hectare big city pond. The area with a lot of attractions is now maintained by a supporter’s association and used for cultural events.

Regensburger Straße 6
95643 Tirschenreuth
Tel. 09631/6122

Gerhard Franz Volkssternwarte (Observatory)
An der Sternwarte, 95643 Tirschenreuth
Tel. 09631/600163 (Fri.)
Tel. 09631/4460 (arrangement of guided group tours)

Erlebniswochen Fisch (Experience weeks fish)


There is historical evidence that in 1579, pottery art was being practised in Thurnau, long before porcelain was already known in that region.

Situated in a Renaissance building from the 16th century, the Pottery Museum is devoted to regional handicrafts from past and present. Clay mining is shown as well as an old pottery workshop, ware for daily use and craftwork from Thurnau, and also the Black Kitchen from the 16th century.

Start your tour at the Pottery Museum to discover the crafts-peoples’ path with 17 stations combining local potteries and studios. Watch creative minds during their work and find beautiful pieces for your home.

Töpfermuseum Thurnau (Pottery museum)
Kirchplatz 12, 95349 Thurnau
Tel. 09228/5351

Pfad der Kunsthandwerker (Crafts-peoples’ path) (Course & Infos as pdf)

Schloss Thurnau (Palace)
Marktplatz 1, 95349 Thurnau


Waldsassen is the centre of the so-called Stiftland, meaning the territory of north Upper Palatinate and neighbouring Egerland, in which the Waldsassen Monastery as a big landowner had taken influence during the late Middle Ages and early Modern Period.

The powerful basilica already greets from a distance. Architect Abraham Leuthner from Prague, brothers Georg and Christoph Dientzenhofer as well as Bernhard Schießer were involved in the construction of the monastery’s church solemnly inaugurated in 1704.

In direct neighbourhood you will find the Cistercian Abbey the very heart of which is the world-famous library hall with life-size sculptures elaborately carved by Karl Stilp.

Another place of interest is situated in Münchenreuth, 3 km to the north-west. Here, you can visit Kappl Trinity Church which may be the most extraordinary rotunda of the baroque.

Stiftland Museum invites you to the historic-cultural past of the monastery town with its once thriving porcelain industry. The lovingly assembled exhibits document on four floors former life, living and working in the Stiftland and Egerland regions. This includes the biggest collection in Upper Palatinate of old workshops and handicraft tools. All exhibits are marked in German and Czech language.

Museumsstraße 1, 95652 Waldsassen
Tel. 09632/91247

Zisterzienserinnen-Abtei & Basilika (Cistercian Abbey & Basilica)
Basilikaplatz 2, 95652 Waldsassen
Tel. 09632/92000

Wallfahrtskirche Hl. Dreifaltigkeit Kappl (Pilgrimage church Holy Trinity Kappl)
Münchenreuth 34, 95652 Waldsassen
Tel. 09632/502139 oder 09632/5020


In April 1990, the International Ceramics Museum was opened as a branch museum of the New Collection in Munich in the so-called Waldsassener Kasten, a baroque monastery complex in Weiden that was exemplarily renovated for this purpose. The sponsor is the city of Weiden. This was made possible within the framework of the Museum Development Programme adopted by the Bavarian State Government in 1979. The completely new concept developed by the Neue Sammlung not only provides for alternating exhibition contributions from all Bavarian state museums with ceramics holdings, but also for changing special exhibitions on different themes.

Kunstbau Weiden provides during studio hours meetings with the art of ceramics for all ages.

Culture centre Hans Bauer houses at the Old Schoolhouse hosts the Municipal Museum and Municipal Archives, a Max Reger Collection, the Municipal Gallery and the Tachau Homeland Museum with pieces of memory from Tachau, Bohemia.

Internationales Keramik-Museum Weiden (International Ceramic Museum)
Luitpoldstraße 25. Waldsassener Kasten, 92637 Weiden i. d. OPf.
Tel. 0961/814242

Altes Schulhaus –
Kulturzentrum Hans Bauer (Culture centre)
Schulgasse 3a, 92637 Weiden i. d. OPf.
Tel. 0961/810

Kunstbau Weiden
Zweigstelle der Jugendkunstschule


Kleines Museum – Kultur auf der Peunt, with a façade created byMarcello Morandini, is a museum for contemporary art. Besides changing art shows, the museum features the Italian artist’s works in its permanent exhibition.In immediate proximity the ROGG-IN transmits, by interaction ofsensual experience and philosophic views, the historico-cultural andnutritionally significance of the rye and its value. Immerse into thepoetry of rye.

ROGG-IN Pädagogisch-Poetisches Informationszentrum für Roggenkultur
Goethestraße 25, 95163 Weißenstadt
Tel. 09253/9546224

Das Kleine Museum – Kultur auf der Peunt
Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Goethestraße 15, 95163 Weißenstadt
Tel. 09253/954672

Felsenbühne Waldstein (Open-air theatre)
Waldstein 1, 95239 Zell


Memories of the regional porcelain history are kept at Waldnaabtal Museum at Neuhaus Castle. Handicraft workshops giving much attention to details are offered there and testimonies of life in former times are shown. You can take a closer look at historic photos of regional porcelain factories, designs, drawings, publicity material and tools.

After the museum visit, the Zoiglstuben, inns of regional identity, will wait for you in Neuhaus with products from the beer brewing inhabitants and local snacks. Dates and locations can be seen on the internet (Zoigl calendar).

The bourgeois families’ habits can be explored at Stützelvilla. The family site of the sheet and plate glass factory owners Winkler and Stützel, set up in 1880, is today used as a meeting house for young people offering experience-based educational offers.

Or enjoy the world’s deepest hole. In 1987, Windischeschenbach was chosen as location for the Continental Bore-Hole. After this was completed in 1994 at a depth of 9,101 m, a Geo Centre giving insights in the fascinating earth science phenomena and coherences on planet earth, was established.

Waldnaabtal-Museum &
Burg Neuhaus
Burgstraße 13
92670 Windischeschenbach
Tel. 09681/401240

Bahnhofstraße 29
92670 Windischeschenbach
Tel. 09681/3300

GeoPark Kaolinrevier (Monte Kaolino)

Geo-Zentrum Kontinentale Tiefbohrung
Am Bohrturm 2
92670 Windischeschenbach
Tel. 09681/400430


A medieval hospital yard is home of the treasure chamber of the legendary Fichtelgebirge mountains. Bavaria’s biggest regional museum focuses on presentations of life and culture of the inhabitants from this versatile stretch of land. This includes preservation of the skills of old handicraft trades. Blacksmith, pewter, stonemason and potter masters invite for demonstrations at active workshops.

Get in close contact with nature while you stay in Wunsiedel. At
Katharinenberg, Bavaria’s oldest Bürgerpark, you can expect historic
gardens, a game preserve, learning site nature-culture Fichtelgebirge
as well as a park for birds of prey with falconry.
Rocky Luisenburg labyrinth is terrific and mystical. Discover on a circular trail 300 years old granite formations, with huge boulders, bordered by caves and gorges. Below this great natural area, you will
find a unique open-air stage which every year becomes platform for the Luisenburg Festival.

Spitalhof 5, 95632 Wunsiedel
Tel. 09232/2032

Königin-Luise-Weg, Wunsiedel (Queen Luise path)

Bürgerpark Katharinenberg (Citizens park)

Greifvogelpark Katharinenberg (Park for birds of prey with falconry)
Am Katharinenberg 1, 95632 Wunsiedel
Tel. 09232/8819999

Felsenlabyrinth Luisenburg (Granite labyrinth)
Tel. 09232/5673

Luisenburg Festspiele (Open-air theatre festival)