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Margravial Opera House

Opernstraße 14
Tel: +49 (0) 9 21/7 59 69 22

The Margravial Opera House is considered to be the most beautifully preserved baroque opera house in Europe. Margravine Wilhelmine commissioned one of the most famous families of theatre architects, the Bolognese Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, and his son, Carlo, to design its interior. With a depth of 27 metres, the stage of this opera house was the largest one in Germany until 1871 - a superlative, which also drew Richard Wagner's attention to Bayreuth. Since 2012 is the opera house is a World Heritage site.

Information centre of the Margravial Opera House Bayreuth

To ensure the preservation of the Margravial Opera House, the Bavarian Palace Department is currently comprehensively restoring this Bayreuth World Heritage site. However, there is still an opportunity for visitors to see the opera house while the work is in progress. An information centre that has been set up in the foyer building illustrates the various features of the interior and shows how it is being preserved for future generations and a part of the auditorium remains opened for visitors.  The Opera House is scheduled to reopen in 2018.

Margravial Opera House

Opening hours of the infomation centre:

open daily
April to September: daily 9 am - 6 pm
October to March: 10 am - 4 pm 

adults: 2,50 €
groups and students: 2,00 €
under 18 years admission free 

New PalaceNew Palace

It houses the Bayreuth Fayences Museum - The Rummel Collection, "Bayreuth of the Margravine Wilhelmine" museum and the  " Galli Bibiena Exhibition"

Ludwigstraße 21, 95444 Bayreuth
Tel: +49 (0) 9 21/7 59 69 21

Residence of the Margraves, Margrave Friedrich and the Prussian Princess Wilhelmine, sister of Frederick the Great, who were the dominating figures in 18th century Bayreuth. The New Palace was built in just two years (1753-1754), by the renowned French builder Saint-Pierre. Showpieces of the Palace are the Garden Rooms, the Cedar Room, the Music Room and the famous Cabinet of Fragmented Mirrors.

Opening times:
open daily
April - September 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October - March 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

There is a guided tour in English every day at 2.15 p.m.

adults: 5,50 €
groups and students: 4,50 €
under 18 years admission free

EremitageEremitage, Old Palace

Tel: +49 (0) 9 21/7 59 69 37

The large park of the Eremitage east of the city - once a retreat from the excesses of court life - is the site of the Old Palace with its Inner Grotto, beautiful fountains and the fairytale-like orangerie with its Sun Temple, crowned by Apollo.

Opening times:
open daily from-to
April - September 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1. - 15. October 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
16th October - March closed
Guided tours every 30 minutes

adults: 4,50 €
groups and students: 3,50 €
under 18 years admission free

Fountains, Upper Grotto

Fountains in the Lower Grotto (follow signs "Untere Grotte") start 15 minutes after those in the Upper Grotto.

May - mid-october: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon,
1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Festival TheatreFestival Theatre

Festspielhügel 1 - 2
Tel: +49 (0) 9 21/7 87 80

In the Festival Theatre on the Green Hill the world famous Richard Wagner Opera Festival is held every year in summer. The Festival Theatre - unique in architecture and acoustics - ranks among the world's greatest opera houses.

Opening times:
Sighseeing only with a tourguide:
May, September - October: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
December - April: daily 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

November: only Saturdays at 2 p.m.

June - August the Festival Theatre is closed for visitors.

adults: 7,00 €
groups (min. 12 persons): 5,00 €
students: 5.00 €

Garden Museum Fantaisie PalaceGarden Museum Fantaisie Palace and Park

Bamberger Str. 3, 95488 Eckersdorf/Donndorf
Tel: +49 (0) 9 21 / 73 14 00 11

The Fantaisie Palace, built between 1761-1763, today hosts the first Garden Museum in Germany, with exhibits, displays and videos vividly recreating the history of garden design. Among the highlights is the copy of the famous inlaid cabinet by the Spindler brothers.

Opening times:
April - September: 9 am - 6 pm, closed on Mondays
Oct. 1st - Oct. 15th: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed from Oct. 16th to March  

adults: 3,50 €
groups: 3,00 €

Sanspareil Rock Garden; Foto: Bayerische SchlösserverwaltungSanspareil Rock Garden and Oriental Building and Zwernitz Castle

96197 Wonsees
Tel: +49 (0) 92 74/9 09 89 06

These unique gardens were designed by Bayreuth's Margrave Friedrich and Margravine Wilhelmine. They created a horticultural paradise on a literary theme set amidst bizarre rock formations. This design which was way ahead of its time was later to form the basis for a new era of garden creation in which "Nature itself ... is the architect" as Margravine Wilhelmine wrote in 1749.

Not far away, forming a charming counterpart to the gardens, is the medieval castle of Zwernitz. From the castle's tower, there are magnificent panoramic views over the Fränkische Schweiz.

Opening hours:
April - September: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., closed on Mondays
Oct. 1st - Oct. 15th: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed from Oct. 16th to March

adults: 3,50 €
groups: 3,00 €

Palace Church and Tower 1

From 1753 to 1758 Margrave Friedrich and Margravine Wilhelmine had a court chapel built in the very centre of Bayreuth. In accordance with their wishes both were buried together with their daughter Friederike, Duchess of Württemberg, in a vault created by Carl Philipp von Gontard. Bright and airy interior design by French master builder Joseph Saint-Pierre is definitely worth seeing. Extraordinary decoration is also exquisite rococo stucco seilling designed by the Italian Giovanni Battista Pedrozzi.

The octagonal bell tower built in 1656 on the site of a much older construction was designed by Caspar Fischer. The tower commonly referred to as the "Schlossturm" has long been a landmark of the city of Bayreuth. A unique feature is the ramp built alongside the winding spiral staircase for the transportation of goods. The lovingly furnished guard room affords wonderful panoramic views over the rooftops of the city to the Fichtelgebirge.

Opening hours
Pre-arranged groups on request
adults: 1,00 €
children under 15 free

Botanical GardenBotanical Garden

phone: +49 (0) 9 21 / 55 29 61

outdoor all year
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

entrance free

Guided tours at 10 a.m. on the first Sunday of every month and upon prior arrangement.