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St James’s Church in Oberkotzau

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Oberkotzau was the ancestral seat of the lords of Kotzau, who had arrived in the area in the wake of the Reeves of Weida and had spread out as ministeriales within the boundaries of what is now the Rural District of Hof. 
The church was burnt down by the Hussites in 1430. However, it was rebuilt in 1449. The church survived fires and huge floods. A dome was added in 1936 and it matches the overall appearance very well. Some of the members of the Franconian von Kotzau noble family were buried here. The grave inscriptions and commemorative plaques can still be seen on the church walls today. The church and its parish office are located not far from the point where the river Schwesnitz feeds into the Sächsische Saale river. The Bible footpath – which is unique in Germany – connects St James’ Church, which is Lutheran, with St Anthony’s, which is Roman Catholic, both geographically and across different denominations. 17 columns have been built along the footpath and they contain Bible verses for people to read.  


Kulturweg der Vögte: Getreue in Franken (Objektflyer deutsch)

Public transport

The Oberkotzau train station is located in the middle of the village on the main railways Hof - Regensburg - Munich and Hof - Bamberg - Würzburg. The trains either stop directly in Oberkotzau or you come to us by regional train from Hof, Marktredwitz or Bamberg.

Getting there

If you are approaching via the A 9 federal highway, use the exit no. 34 and then continue on the federal road 15 to Hof and continue on this road towards Weiden. 1.5 km after the end of Hof leave this road and follow the information sign to Oberkotzau. You will reach Oberkotzau after about 1 km. If you are arriving via the new A 93 federal motorway, you can use the exit Oberkotzau.


There are public parking spaces near the church.


50.263366, 11.933427
50°15'48.1"N 11°56'00.3"E
32U 709062 5572030
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34.1 km
2:21 h
96 m
341 m
197.1 km
3:02 h
2,368 m
2,368 m
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St James’s Church in Oberkotzau

Pfarrstraße 4
95145 Oberkotzau
Phone 09286-97400-0

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Long distance cycling · Fichtelgebirge
Saaleradweg Etappe 1- Von der Saalequelle nach Hof
Top moderate Stage 1
34.1 km
2:21 h
96 m
341 m

from Vivien Klotsch,   Thüringer Tourismusverband Jena-Saale-Holzland e.V.
Top difficult
36.6 km
2:35 h
192 m
289 m

Etappe 1b Stammbach - Hof: Versteckte Schätze.

from Joris Schofenberg,   Saechsisch-Bayerisches Staedtenetz
Top easy open
197.1 km
3:02 h
2,368 m
2,368 m

Der Kulturweg führt uns rund um Hof durch das Bayerische Vogtland, auch bezeichnet als das Regnitzland.

Tourismusverband Vogtland e.V.
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