Destination Guide: Selb
by A Marr & Associates Media
Our next destination guide heads to Fichtelgebirge in Germany focussing on Selb, the famous ceramic city of the region.
Did you know?
1. The ski mountaineer and mountain biker Andreas Strobel was born in Selb.
2. Selb has an alleyway that is paved with a mosaic of 55,000 colourful porcelain tiles.
3. Hutschenreuther, founded by Lorenz Hutschenreuther, are the oldest ceramic manufactures in Selb, having opened their doors in 1857.
4. Selb is home to the world’s LARGEST coffee pot.
Fichtelgebirge – Fichtel Mountains – is a German mid-mountain region situated in northeastern Bavaria. The area extends from the valley of the Red Main River to the Czech Republic. The Fichtelgebirge is home to the beautiful Nature Park Fichtelgebirge, covering 1,020 square kilometres.
The Fichtelgebirge porcelain industry is internationally renowned with 80% of German porcelain coming from the region.
The region hosts many events and activities in the field of porcelain like painting on porcelain and pottery courses (more information www.porzellanikon.org)
Things to do:
Porzellanikon Selb – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan
The decommissioned Rosenthal factory opened in 1996 and measures nearly 9,000 square metres. It’s now converted into three different departments but still showcases the rough charm of the former 19th century factory.
Red Thread – connecting porcelain sights of the city
The Red Thread refers to a red line that is evident on the streets to help people explore Selb’s artistic and cultural sites.
Porzellanikon Hohenberg – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan
In 1982 Porzellanikon made their home in the Hohenberg a.d. Eger. This traditional building was once owned by Carolus Magnus Hutschenreuther after he successfully opened the first porcelain factory in northeast Bavaria in 1814.
Since 1997 they’ve been producing traditional hard porcelain, distinguished by the high percentage of bone ash. The filigree Dibbern Fine Bone China is said to be one of the most charming yet exceptionally resistant porcelains.
Collection of Bayreuth Fayence – Collection Rummel at Neue Schloss
This outstanding collection is comprised of pieces from the Bayreuth Manufactory and covers the whole period of productions from its beginnings in 1788.
Porcelain factory Walküre – Museum and Outlet store
Founded in 1896 to paint porcelain, it is one of few porcelain factories still directed in fourth generation by the descendants of founder Siegmund Paul Meyer. Walküre Porcelain is a synonym for high quality porcelain in a modern design particularly popular with those who love coffee. Their charming little museum documents the history of the factory in a spectacular setting.
This museum is 2,900 square metres, making it the largest regional museum in Bavaria. It houses a treasure trove of exquisite pieces from the Stone Age through to present day works of art.
In the town centre of Selb there are a large number of porcelain related sites. Walking the streets of Selb you will see fountains, porcelain carillon, porcelain lane and the Porcelain Manufactory of Dominik Voigt.
Head to the Factory Inn and pick up items from brands such as; Profitable, Marlene Kretzschmar, Barbara Flügel and Villeroy & Boch, or to the so called Regenbogenhaus – rain bow house – the factory outlet of Rosenthal with its porcelain brands: Rosenthal, Hutschenreuher, and Thomas as well as Arzberg-Porzellan.
Where to stay:
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How to get there:
There are two major airports that can get you to the city of Selb. Nuremberg Airport is located 175km away and Munich Airport is approximately a 2 hour and 30 minute drive on the A93 motorway.
There are also a number of trains that travel through the region each day.
How to get around:
Public transport is on offer throughout the entire region. If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in Selb the best way to get around and explore the sites is by bike. These can be hired from a number of locations.