Selb is world-renowned for porcelain – brands such as Hutschenreuther and Rosenthal have made the city famous. In our city, you can experience something special – finely shimmering porcelain and well-known porcelain manufacturers as well as the world of porcelain in Porzellanikon – our state museum for porcelain.
There is a lot to discover in Selb, especially in terms of modern and unconventional art and culture. On a walk through Selb, you will find some architectural highlights. The artist, Otto Piene, raised the gray functional building of the Rosenthal headquarters to the rank of a work of art. Next door is the “mirror house” with its mirror façade, designed by Marcello Morandini, in which the rainbow can be seen. The “Hundertwasserhaus” was also decisive – a factory building that was sensitively changed and led to a “peace agreement between factory and nature”. But the newest buildings in the city, such as the Childminders Centre or the Haus der Generationen, are architectural structures that are well worth seeing and have already won several prizes.
Of course, Selb has a lot more to offer besides porcelain. The city is embedded in the wonderful scenic surroundings of the Fichtelgebirge and nature lovers in particular can relax with a walk on the numerous forest and hiking trails. Deep green spruce forests and romantic streams in the Eger and Wellertal valleys along with local customs and the sound of the porcelain bells at the town hall all come together to make your visit a feast for the senses.
No day you spend in Selb is like the other! Hiking, Nordic walking, horseback riding, swimming, golfing, climbing and fishing are all full of momentum. You could also even go on a discovery tour by bike or mountain bike through our extensive forests or on our new pump track. This cycling and roller sports facility is brand new. Everyone with a bike, scooter, inline skates or skateboard gets their money’s worth here. All in all, it’s a great addition to the already existing Wavegarden.
By the way: A refreshing dip on hot summer days in the idyllically situated forest pool, “Langer Teich” as well as its indoor pool (with unlimited bathing time) is not only available on rainy days. An artist has also immortalized himself in the indoor pool: the diving tower was designed by Victor Vasarely. The same applies to all ice sports fans. In the Netzsch Arena – one of the most beautiful ice rinks in Germany – there is the opportunity for ice skating, ice hockey and even curling.
Traditionally, the Porzelliner Festival takes place in Selb on the first weekend of August with its porcelain flea market, which over the past two and a half decades, has developed into the longest and largest of its kind in all of Europe with almost 400 vendors.
On Saturday, August 6th, collectors and lovers of the “white gold” will again be drawn to the Upper Franconian porcelain town in the hopes of being able to make a special bargain. At various stands and in show tents, visitors can experience live demonstrations or even try their hand at being a “porcelain painter”.
The exhibition, “Weißes Gold-Porzellan erleben”, in the city’s Rosenthal Theater is definitely worth seeing. There, the regional porcelain companies and manufactories, all of them festively decorated, show their latest products.