Bayreuth Attractions

Most attractions in Bayreuth hail from the residence of Margravine Wilhelmine and her husband Margrave Friedrich. A diligent supporter of the arts and culture, Wilhelmine brought Italian architects and French builders to construct many of the town’s historical landmarks. As such, much of the architecture reflects heavy baroque and rococo influences. With its wide pedestrian streets, the city centre is easy to stroll, and provides a pleasant contrast to many other Bavarian towns loaded with medieval architecture. During the summer many cafes and ice cream parlours set up outdoor seating on the main shopping streets, Maximilianstrasse, Sophienstrasse, and Von-Römer-Strasse.

Popular Attractions

Festival Theatre

  festspielhaus Festival Theatre (Festspielhaus), Festspielhügel 1-2 (Bus 5 to Am Festspielhaus), ☎ +49 (09 21) 7 87 80. Open Daily except Mon. 10AM and 2PM (Dec-Apr) or 10AM, 11AM, 2PM, and 3PM (Sept-Oct). Built in 1872, this opera house still ranks among the best in the world in design and acoustics. Home to the Richard Wagner Festival every summer. Just north of the main train station, take bus 5 to Am Festspielhaus. The grounds are crowded, tours seldom, and tickets rare during the annual Richard Wagner Festival in late July-August each year.  

Garden Museum Fantaisie Palace and Park

  fantaisie Garden Museum Fantaisie Palace and Park (Schloss and Park Fantaisie), Bambergerstr. 3, 95488 Eckersdorf/Donndorf (Take bus 8231, 8433, 8446, or 8449 towards Donndorf to stop Fantaisie), ☎ +49 (09 21) 73 14 00 11. Open Daily except Mon. 9AM-6PM (Apr-Sept) or 10AM-4PM (Oct 1st-15th), closed Oct. 16th to Apr 1st. The 18th century palace designed by the daughter of Margrave Friedrich and Margravine Wilhelmine, features Germany’s first garden design museum. Located 5 km west of Bayreuth, take bus 8231, 8433, 8446, or 8449 towards Donndorf to stop Fantaisie.  

Hermitage/Old Palace

  eremitage Hermitage/Old Palace (Eremitage/Altes Schloss), Eremitage 1 (Take Bus 2 or 3 to Eremitage), ☎ +49 (09 21) 7 59 69 37 (sgvbayreuth@bsv.bayern.de). Open Daily 9AM-6PM (Apr-Sept) or 10AM-4PM (Oct 1st-15th), closed Oct. 16th to Apr 1st. The old palace of Margrave Georg Wilhelm on the outskirts of town, the palace was expanded and the gardens created by Wilhelmine as a summer residence. The ornate fountains begin their waterworks on the hour from 10AM to 5PM. Guided tours are available. The Eremitage is approximately 6 km outside Bayreuth, take bus 2 or 3 to Eremitage.  

Margravial Opera House

  opernhaus-Museum Margravial Opera House (Markgräfliches Opernhaus), Opernstr. 8, ☎ +49 (09 21) 7 59 69 22 (sgvbayreuth@bsv.bayern.de). Open Daily 9AM-6PM (Apr-Sept) or 10AM-4PM (Oct-Mar). The baroque opera house, commissioned by Margravine Wilhelmine and designed by famous Giuseppe Galli Bibiena and son Carlo from Italy, was completed in 1748 and remained Germany’s largest opera house until 1871. This ornate opera house partially drew Richard Wagner’s attention to Bayreuth.  

New Palace

  bay_ns New Palace (Neues Schloss), Ludwigstr. 21, ☎ +49 (09 21) 7 59 69 21 (sgvbayreuth@bsv.bayern.de). Open Daily except Mon. 9AM-6PM (Apr-Sept) or 10AM-4PM (Oct-Mar). The new residence of the Margrave Friedrich and his wife Wilhelmine after their old residence burnt down. It was designed and built by the French builder Joseph Saint-Pierre, and completed in 1754. The entrance fee includes entrance to the two museums inside: The Museum “Margravine Wilhelmine’s Bayreuth” and the museum “Bayreuth Faience – Rummel Collection,” featuring porcelain manufactured in Bayreuth in the 18th century. Rooms of interest include the Garden Rooms, Cedar Room, Old Music Room, and the Cabinet of Fragmented Mirrors (designed by Wilhelmine herself).  

Churches

Castle Church and Tower

  Schlosskirche_Bayreuth_Unsere_Liebe_Frau Castle Church and Tower (Schlosskirche and Schlossturm), Schlossberglein 5, 95444 Bayreuth, ☎ +49 (09 21) 885 88. Opens for prearranged tours. The court chapel and tower were also commissioned and built by Friedrich and Wilhelmine, completed in 1758. The burial vault of the Friedrich and Wilhelmine is located here. The spiral staircase in the tower features a ramp to bring supplies up to the guardroom, which has a great view over the town and to the nearby Fichtelgebirge.  

Spitalkirche

  Spitalkircheaussen01 Spitalkirche (Spitalkirche). The hospital church is located at the west end of the main market street Maximilianstrasse. It is Lutheran and is managed by the town of Bayreuth as part of the Hospital Foundation.  

Stadtkirche

  h_prj_kir_stadtkirche_bt_1 Stadtkirche (Stadtkirche). The Stadtkirche is a Gothic three nave basilica dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The oldest parts of the church date back to the 12th century. In a side nave there is the crypt of the Hohenzollern Dynasty, for the margraves of Brandenburg-Bayreuth.  

Museums

For a town of its size, Bayreuth is rich in museums; over two dozen can be found in and around the city. Noteworthy among the many are the Richard Wagner Museum and Franz-Liszt-Museum, documenting the lives of these prominent German and Hungarian composers, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized Maisel’s Brewery and Cooper’s Museum, as well as the museums located in the New Palace: Bayreuther Faiences – The Rummel Collection, The State Galleries and Margravine Wilhelmine’s Bayreuth. Every fall the museums offer a Bayreuth Museum Night (Bayreuther Museumsnacht). On this night, a single ticket allows entry to every museum in the city from 8PM until 2AM.

Archaeological Museum

  Archaeological Museum Archaeological Museum (Archäologisches Museum), Ludwigstr. 21 (Italian Building of the New Palace), ☎ +49 (0) 9 21 / 6 53 07. End of April to beginning of November: 10AM-3PM on Saturdays, or by appointment. Archeological finds from Upper Franconia and laid out in eight rooms, spanning the stone age through the middle ages. Most text descriptions might be only in German.  

Bayreuther Faiences

  Bayreuther Faiences Bayreuther Faiences – The Rummel Collection (Sammlung Bayreuther Fayencen), In the New Palace, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21/7 59 69 21. A collection of porcelain manufactured in Bayreuth between 1716 and 1788. See New Palace above for more information.  

Catacombs of Bayreuth’s Aktien Brewery

  Catacombs Catacombs of Bayreuth’s Aktien Brewery (Katakomben der Bayreuther AKTIEN-Brauerei), Kulmbacherstr. 60, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21 / 401-234 (katakomben@bayreuther-bierbrauerei.de). Tours Saturdays at 4PM, or group tours by prior arrangement. Aktien Breweries provides an interesting tour through the sandstone beer caverns that operated from the 16th through the 19th centuries. Since the caverns stay very cool throughout the year, appropriate clothing is recommended.  

Fire Brigade Museum

  Fire Brigade Museum Fire Brigade Museum (Feuerwehrmuseum), An der Feuerwache 4, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21/4 82 99. Open upon prior arrangement. A collection of fire engines from different eras and regions.  

Franz-Liszt-Museum

  Franz-Liszt-Museum Franz-Liszt-Museum, Wahnfriedstr. 9, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21 / 5 16 64 88. Sep – Jun: 10AM-noon & 2PM-5PM; Jul – Aug: 10AM-5PM. The house of Franz Liszt, the famous Hungarian composer and father-in-law to Richard Wagner. Very near the Richard Wagner museum.  

German Freemason Museum

  German Freemason Museum German Freemason Museum (Deutsches Freimaurer-Museum), Im Hofgarten 1, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21 / 6 98 24 (museum.bayreuth@freimaurer.org). Tu-F 10AM-noon and 2PM-4PM; Sa 10AM-noon. A museum run by the German Freemason’s presenting the history of the organization.  

German Typewriter Museum

  German Typewriter Museum German Typewriter Museum (Deutsches Schreibmaschinenmuseum), Bernecker Str. 11, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21/2 34 45. M-F by telephone appointment. A collection of typewriters dating back to 1864. The collection in Bayreuth began in 1936, and has expanded ever since.  

Historical Museum

  Historical Museum Historical Museum (Historisches Museum), Kirchplatz 6, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21 / 7 64 01 11 (historischesmuseum@bayreuth.de). Tu-Su 10AM-5PM; Jul – Aug: also open Mondays. This museum chronicles the history of Bayreuth from a small Bavarian village to one of the most culturally-important small cities in Germany. The 17th century building provides a suitable setting for the historical collections.  

Iwalewa House

  Iwalewa House Iwalewa House (Iwalewa-Haus), Münzgasse 9, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21/55 36 81. Tu-Su 2PM-6PM. Afro-cultural center of the University of Bayreuth.  

Jean Paul Museum

  Jean Paul Museum Jean Paul Museum, Wahnfriedstr. 1, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21 / 5 07 14 44 (info@wagnermuseum.de). Sep – Jun: 10AM-noon & 2PM-5PM; Jul – Aug: 10AM-5PM. A small museum dedicated to the life and works of the German poet, who lived his last years from 1804 – 1825 in Bayreuth. The museum is in the former residence of Richard Wagner’s daughter Eva.  

Little Poster Museum

  Little Poster Museum Little Poster Museum (Kleines Plakatmuseum), Friedrich-Puchta-Str. 12, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21/8 24 58. Tu & Th 4PM-6PM and by appointment. A collection of contemporary poster art primarily concerning popular culture advertisements (such as movie and performance advertisements).  

Maisel’s Brewery and Coopers Museum

  Maisel Brewery and Coopers Museum Maisel’s Brewery and Coopers Museum (Maisel’s Brauerei und Büttnerei Museum), Kulmbacherstr. 40, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21 / 40 12 34 (brauereimuseum@maisel.com). Daily 2PM. The Guinness Book Of World Records’ Most Comprehensive Beer Museum occupies the first brewery building of Maisel’s Brewery (taken out of commission in the 1970s). The 90 minute tour covers the entirety of the brewing process, and of course finishes with a glass of Maisel’s Weissbier. Group tours for 12 or more people can be booked by calling in advance.  

Museum of Agricultural Tools and Equipment

  Museum of Agricultural Tools and Equipment Museum of Agricultural Tools and Equipment (Museum für bäuerliche Arbeitsgeräte), Adolf-Wächter-Str. 17, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21/5 75 15. May – Oct: M-F 9:30AM-noon, Su 2PM-5PM; Rest of the year and for groups, irregularly or by appointment. A collection of agricultural equipment highlighting the tools and techniques of farmers from Upper Franconia. What started as a private collection by Günter Schmidt was taken over by the city and offered as a public museum starting in 1972. Housed in a historic farmhouse.  

Museum of Art

  Museum of Art Museum of Art (Kunstmuseum), Maximilianstr. 33, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21/7 64 53 10. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM; Jul – Aug: also open Mondays. Housed in the former city hall’s Renaissance-style building, the Museum of Art offers alternating collections of sculpture and painting.  

Museum of Natural History

  Museum of Natural History Museum of Natural History (Urwelt-Museum Oberfranken), Kanzleistr. 1, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21 / 51 12 11 (verwaltung@urwelt-museum.de). Tu-Su 10AM-5PM; Jul – Aug: also open Mondays. The museum in the main pedestrian shopping area highlights the life, geology and minerology during the last 500 million years of Upper Franconia. In front of the museum looms a giant dinosaur statue, along the main shopping street.  

Museum of Wilhelmine’s Bayreuth

  Museum of Wilhelmines Bayreuth Museum of Wilhelmine’s Bayreuth, Museum Das Bayreuth der Wilhelmine. Museum highlighting the life and culture of Bayreuth during the time of Margravine Wilhelmine. The collections are part of the New Palace, see above for more information.  

Natural Science Museum

  Natural Science Museum Natural Science Museum (Naturkundemuseum), Karolinenreuther Str. 58, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21/75 94 20. Nov – Feb: Tu-F 9AM-4PM, Su 10AM-3PM; Mar – Oct: Tu-F 9AM-4PM, Sa-Su 1PM-5PM. This small museum in a farmhouse just outside the city describes the flora and fauna of Bayreuth and Upper Franconia. The museum is especially designed to engage and educate children.  

Richard Wagner Museum

  Wahnfried_Harbach_4_20150730 Richard Wagner Museum, Richard-Wagner-Str. 48, ☎ +49 (0) 9 21/7 57 28 16. Apr – Oct: 9AM-5PM M,W,F,Sa,Su, & 9AM-8PM Tu,Th; Nov – Mar: 10AM-5PM daily. The composer’s old residence (Wahnfried House, Haus Wahnfried) has been converted to a museum chronicling his life and works. The composer, his wife, and their dog are buried in the garden. The museum may be of lesser interest to non-German speakers, as it has few English translations.  

State Gallery in the New Palace

  State Gallery in the New Palace State Gallery in the New Palace (Staatsgalerie im Neuen Schloss), Ludwigstraße 21 (In the New Palace), ☎ +49 (0) 9 21 / 7 59 69-0. Apr – Sept: 9AM-6PM daily; Oct – Mar: 10AM-4PM (closed M). Occupying three rooms of the palace, this exhibition features 80 works of art from the late baroque.  

Parks

Court Garden

  Court Garden Court Garden (Hofgarten), (Behind the Neues Schloss). Open 24 hours a day year round. The court garden of the Neues Schloss, this park provides a welcome bit of green in the middle of the city. On sunny days, you can find many residents here relaxing or exercising with a little sport.  

Hermitage

  Hermitage Hermitage (Eremitage), Eremitage 1 (Take Bus 2 or 3 to Eremitage), ☎ +49 (09 21) 7 59 69 37 (sgvbayreuth@bsv.bayern.de). Open Daily 9AM-6PM (Apr-Sept) or 10AM-4PM (Oct 1st-15th), closed Oct. 16th to Apr 1st. The old palace of Margrave Georg Wilhelm on the outskirts of town, the palace was expanded and the gardens created by Wilhelmine as a summer residence. The ornate fountains begin their waterworks on the hour from 10AM to 5PM. Guided tours are available. The Eremitage is approximately 6 km outside Bayreuth, take bus 2 or 3 to Eremitage.  

 

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