The City-Museum of Bad Staffelstein

In the native town of the famous countingmaster Adam Ries(e) (1492–1559 in Annaberg/Saxony) there exists a city-museum for more than 100 years. Today you can find it next to the parish-church St. Kilian at the Kirchgasse 16. Because containing the extensive history it’s one of the most important museums in Bavaria.


The Old German Saying “das macht nach Adam Riese …” – grown during the 16th century – is very famous in Germany, meaning that you have been counting well. So friends and freaks of mathematics searching the roots of counting will have great fun with “counting on the lines”.


But you can find out more interesting things about the Geology and Archeology of this region, at the upper river Main. The new department “we are going with time” shows very important objects – for example, the nice “foot-bowl” of Praechting, “Hallstatt-Period”. You can explore over eleven thousands of years: The history of the periphery of Staffelstein is expanding from Stadel/Puechitz (Stone Age) to Schwabthal (Bronze Age) - the ritual-monuments of the “Hohle Stein” (Hollow-Stone) and the climbing wall “Kemitzen-Stone” at Kuemmersreuth –, from Unterzettlitz (Older Stone Age) to Schoenbrunn (Early Middle Age). You can admire tools, potteries, weapons and jewellery maden during these times.


The Staffelstein-area is famous not only because of the Obermain Therme (Spa) – the well was discovered 1978 – but for spending holidays and hiking since more than 150 years. The poet Victor von Scheffel (1826-1886) stayed at the monastery Banz during the sommer, in 1859, and wrote the lyrics of the Franconian Hymn “Wohlauf die Luft geht frisch und rein …” (Melody: Valentin Becker) (Würzburg) The words became so famous that the citizens wanted to see the landscape and the persons described in the lines. The first tourist came to visit the Staffelberg, the eremit Ivo Hennemann and the beautiful grain-cutter Eva Laemlein. The collection of Philipp Badum – greatest admirer of the poet – is shown in it’s own department: he wanted to build a monument on the Staffelberg.


You will find furthermore in our city-museum collections of fossils and minerals, learn about the history of the town Staffelstein and his districts, the porcelain-factories Silbermann – AlKa – Kaiser and – finally – you and your children will be able to count on the lines, how Adam Ries(e) tought it during the 16th century.

We are open:

April until October:
Tuesday - Friday10-12 am and 2-5 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holiday2-5 pm
Mondays closed

November until March:
Tuesday2-5 pm
Saturday2-4 pm
and by arrangement

Or upon request, call: 0 95 73/ 33 10 30 

Kirchgasse 16, next to church St. Kilian

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