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150 years of Hofer Wärschtlamo – Congratulations from Hof University of Applied Sciences!

It is a culinary tradition without equal: In 1871, the first trade for a mobile sausage seller was granted in Hof. The “Hofer Wärschtlamo” with its scalded sausages from the unmistakable brass kettle heated with charcoal has been an integral part of the Hof townscape ever since. It stands for the Hof way of life of an enjoyable “fast food” and is simply part of a lunch break or a stroll through the city of Hof. And so this year Hof is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its Wärschtlamos, which has long since become a symbolic figure and trademark of the entire town. Of course, the Hof University of Applied Sciences also joins the long list of well-wishers on this occasion. University president Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann handed over a 3D model of the Wärschtlamo, which was specially made in the university’s MakerSpace, a workshop for tinkerers and developers.

Congratulations to the city and Wärschtlamänner on a unique tradition: University President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.. Jürgen Lehmann and René Göhring from the university’s MakerSpace presented a 3D model of the famous sausage seller to Mayor Eva Döhla and Wärschtlamo Marcus Traub (representing all representatives of the profession); Photo: City of Hof Media Office;

“The Hof Wärschtlamo is not only omnipresent for the people of Hof, but also for the students of our university. When they first walk into downtown Hof, it immediately catches their eye and many immediately snap pictures of it to send back home.” He continues

The Wärschtlamo is one of the great ambassadors of our city!”

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann, university president

“The Wärschtlamo is thus one of the great ambassadors of our city,” said university president Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann in conversation with Marcus Traub, Hofer Volksfestwirt and in the main occupation one of at present six Hofer Wärschtlamännern. Of course one had therefore thought at the university, how one could support the anniversary celebrated now.

The “Wärschtlamo” as a 3D model

The idea of involving the MakerSpace of the Hof University of Applied Sciences, a workshop for tinkerers and developers, quickly came up. “We offer our students the possibility of 3D printing. With the BigRep, among other things, one of the largest 3D printers in northern Bavaria is in our halls. And so we were happy to take up the ball. Thanks to our experience in additive manufacturing and the cooperation with Mathias Rasch, a prospective student of the new design course at the university, we created a model of the “Wärschtlamos” that is about 30 cm high,” says René Göhring, who coordinates the MakerSpace at Hof University of Applied Sciences

The 3D model of the Wärschtlamos – made from historical photographs; Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences;

Ideas for creative competition

Many things are now conceivable with the created model itself: “It is possible, for example, to make further copies and have them painted, exhibited or perhaps even auctioned off for a good cause as part of art lessons at schools,” continues Göhring. Talks on this are already underway with Hof’s city marketing department and the city of Hof. However the 3D model of the Hof Wärschtlamo is now used further: “The Hof University of Applied Sciences warmly congratulates the Hof Wärschtlamännern on their 150th anniversary – we wish them personally, but of course also the whole tradition, a good and successful future,” said University President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann

Rainer Krauß

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