Hof – an endearing town
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Hof and its citizens. Hard-working people, as described by writer Jean Paul, who once lived here. But people here also place great emphasis on quality of life. They relax in cosy pubs, leafy beer gardens or in one of the many street cafés.
And they don’t miss a chance to celebrate. Visitors stream from far and near when, for example, the local fairground is transformed into a miniature Prater for Hof’s annual summer fair and Hof beer, hot sausages and brass music create a fantastic atmosphere in the Freiheitshalle.
Hof’s citizens are proud of their beer and of their various types of sausage, which are renowned far beyond the local boundaries, e.g. “Wiener” or “Knacker” such as those sold by the “Wärschtlamänner” (street sausage vendors) with their shining brass pots. They love their “Hofer Schnitz”, a vegetable stew which even gourmets appreciate.
Their “national holiday” is Schlappentag, which has been celebrated since 1432. On the first Monday after Whitsun a long procession of artisans and riflemen makes its way to the Schießhäuschen and the near-by Seligen-Wiesen, where they enjoy a specially brewed strong beer.
A real must-see is the Hof International Film Festival, held since 1967, where the most famous film producers get together.
… and Hof has a lot more to offer – it’s worth a visit and will be more than just a fleeting experience!