The upper town
pretty as a picture !
Kronach’s old quarter, which lies on the spur of a hill, is known by locals as the ‘upper town’. The ensemble of historical buildings, which are enclosed by a fully intact town wall, give the old quarter a distinct late medieval charm. You will encounter lovingly restored houses, historical towers, fountains, coats of arms and statues, as well as quiet little corners, narrow lanes and pretty squares. On the northern side of the Gothic Church of St John the Baptist, you will find the most beautiful Gothic portal in northern Bavaria. Of particular note is the statue of John the Baptist, a work dating from 1498 by an otherwise unknown artist called Hans Hartlin. Visitors with an interest in architectural history or culture will be drawn to the historical town hall, built in 1583, with its ceremonial hall and former market hall. Today, it is a popular venue for concerts, talks, readings, functions and conferences.
Walking around the picturesque town of Kronach is always a pleasure. You can climb up to the upper town through the narrow Pottugässchen, or walk through Wolfsschlucht along the town wall to Rosenberg Fortress. From Rosenturm tower, you can enjoy views of Marienplatz square or the presbytery built by baroque architect Johann Michael Küchel. You can also see the abbey church or the town hospital with its Gothic church built by Johann Dientzenhofer from 1715 to 1718.
Tip: Stroll around the old quarter, which dates back over 1,000 years, and discover restaurants, arts and crafts and interesting little shops amid the lovingly restored buildings, squares and lanes.