St. Nikolaus (Högelstein)

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Nicholas Church
Nikolauskirche seen from the west
inner space

The Catholic parish church of St. Nikolaus Högelstein (formerly Hohenstein) is located almost 200 meters southwest of the German-Czech border in the forest between Neualbenreuth and Mähring in the Tirschenreuth district and is a branch church of the Mähring parish of St. Katharina .

Almost 800 years ago there was a first place of worship in this area. Since 1183 the village was the seat of a Högelstein provost , the provost for Reichenbach Abbey belonged. This was in 1118, 15 years before the foundation of the Waldsassen monastery , also by Margrave Diepold III. founded by Vohburg .

In 1442 the Waldsassen monastery bought the provost's office. The wooden church was a branch church of Mähring as early as 1695.

The church in its current form was built in 1899 after the chapel was burned down in the same place by a lightning strike in 1894.

From 1976 to 1978 the municipality of Mähring carried out a complete interior and exterior restoration, which was necessary again from 1996 to 1997.

The former village of Högelstein, of which nothing was left except the church, has been a desert since around 1440 after devastation during the Hussite invasions and severe epidemics .


  • Detlef Knipping, Gabriele Raßhofer: Tirschenreuth district (= Bavarian State Office for Monument Preservation [Hrsg.]: Monuments in Bavaria . Volume III.45 ). Karl M. Lipp Verlag, Lindenberg im Allgäu 2000, ISBN 3-87490-579-9 .

Web links

Commons : St. Nicholas  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Information sheet on the church history of the Mähring community in the church

Coordinates: 49 ° 55 ′ 54.8 "  N , 12 ° 29 ′ 26.9"  E