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    Stadt Kirche

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 15, 2011

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    The original city church burned in 1621 fire, but this one built on the site is what was constructed later. The two steeples are Baroque and inside there are said to be many original items from the 1600's. WE were not able to go inside sue to the major renovation going on closed the whole block off.

    View of the church nave and steeples Streetside view looking up
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    Stadt History Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 15, 2011

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    This is a nice museum featuring the history of the city and its people for economic and cultural life. There are 34 rooms, and it is self guided. There may not be a lot to see inside, based on some other museums, but it does display some interesting items also. It has 12,000 square feet of space on three floors.
    The tour may take 1 1/2 hours to see it all adequately. Entry fee is 2 Euro. Location is on Kirche Platz, and a bit hard to find unless you walk all around the main church block. It is open Tuesday-Sunday 105PM, but daily in summer months.

    Trunk with detailed key lock system Potaable carriage for gentry Beer steins as part of history View of building from the street
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    Magravial Opera HOuse

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 15, 2011

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    This is one of the best, if not the best preserved architecture of any opera house, and in fact is said to be the oldest that has a Baroque style in Europe. Margrave Wilhelmine was the anchor in getting this built in Italian and French style in 1748-52, and she supervised all details, which made her proud of the result. They wanted this to be the most magnificent of opera houses to rival others in Europe so people could recognize this more remote town away from other cultural centers. Saint Pierre designed the building, and Guiseppe Galli created the decorative inside. The foyer is three levels high, and has three balconies on either side. The stage has layered panels to depict a royal theme, and were interchangeable. Ceilings are as ornate with angels and putti, as well as carvings all around the main theater.
    Originally the floor area was open and without seats, but later seats were added, and it now holds 510 patrons. The last renovation back to its original condition took place in 1935-36
    The opera house charges 5 Euro to see the inside, and it is open 9-6PM in summer months, and until 4PM in Oct-March.

    Many sculptures and decorative pieces in theater Lighted balconies and columns Stage with curtain props Ceiling with angels over high POutside of the building
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    Museum of Fine Arts

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 15, 2011

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    This is a newer museum in the old Rathaus that has a number of contemporary art works. The collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, stain glass, and fabric/thread works of art. Some are interesting, while some others are bizarre, to say the least.
    There are two floors and maybe 400-500 works of "art". It is open 10-5PM Tuesday-Saturday, and daily during summer months. They have 10,000 Square feet of space for the art.

    Entry is 3 Euro, and you can get to it through the Oskar restaurant section on Maximilian St, or take the side street.

    View of some paintings View of some pieces of art. Building on Brautegasse St
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    New Residence Inside

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 15, 2011

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    The splendor of the rooms is a great tour. It is self guided, and a tour may take 1 1/2 hours to see it sufficiently. It contain many ornate and unique rooms. They include the Palm Room with elegant paneling and chandeliers, Music room, Mirror room, Japanese room with china pieces on display, and a number of tapestries and murals, as well as a fine art gallery.
    This museum costs 6 Euro, and time it is open 10-6PM in summers, and 10-3PM Tuesday-Sunday off season Oct-March

    Palm room with wonderful panels Mirro room has scores on ceilings and walls Gand hall and columns along walls China in Japanese room
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    New Residence

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 15, 2011

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    This complex was built beginning in 1715 by Saint Pierre who designed it with the influence of Margraves Fredrick and Wilhelmine. The gardens and more buildings were added between 1735 and 1763 by them in style of rococo, and also a university was a new attraction and draw for making the town more famed. It specialized in fine arts and some well known names attended here. The fountain out front is from commemoration of contributing to defeat of the Turks in Vienna in 1683, and ws moved to this location later.
    The residence has a Palm Room with fantastic wood paneling, a Mirror Cabinet room, a drawing room having a gold ceiling, a Music room and Japanese room. All are very elaborate and decor is outstanding; well worth the visit.
    The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 10-3PM and entry is 5 Euro

    Front of palace with fountain View of palace from the garden View of the rear of palace decorative style
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    Alte Schloss

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 15, 2011

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    This schloss/palace was first built on a previous one dating to around 1474. This palace was continually added to and upgraded until it looks as it does today-mostly modernistic.

    We learned that this was an administrative building and not open for viewing except the small church and the tower you can climb up. However, the tower may not always be open, depending on the whim of whoever is to open it. They were not there the day we tried, but was told they should have been.

    Courtyard in middle of the palace wings Picture of the decorative facade Tower from 16th century Schloss Church nave
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    Neues Schloß

    by iaint Updated Sep 28, 2011

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    This is one of the sights we managed to take in during our brief visit. It was commissioned by Margravine Wilhelmine in the 1750s - very baroque and rococo.

    The Palm Room was certainly a highlight, but so were the Old Music Room and her bedroom.

    The Italian wing was added in 1759 - I liked it a lot. Cute. You can only see it by guided tour, and they do it in English as well as German.

    We didn’t have time to survey the impressive gardens due to our tight schedule, but they looked lovely.

    the entrance the Margrave
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    Eremitage

    by iaint Updated Sep 21, 2011

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    So, what’s this all about?

    OK, in the 1700s it was fashionable to have an summer palace with fancy gardens. Some blame Louis XIV of France.

    Well, Margrave Georg Wilhelm got the bug. Then he gave it to Margravine Wilhelmine as a birthday present (the palace, not the bug).

    Anyway, it boils down to a very pleasant place on the edge of town. Good for a walk and a coffee with cake - at the Cafe Orangerie which forms part of the site.

    Take it in as part of your trip to the town. It’s free to get into the gardens - not sure about the buildings.

    get the idea? fountains & orangerie (compulsory) neat trimming
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    Margravial Opera House...

    by iaint Updated Sep 19, 2011

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    ... or Markgräfliches Opernhaus (in German).

    This is (according to my guidebook) “one of the finest theatres in Europe...”.

    OK, I won’t argue. It was built in the 1740s by an Italian theatre architect.

    Now, who knows what a margrave is? I’d never heard the expression until I got to Bayreuth. Well according to Wikipedia (so it must be right) it's “a medieval hereditary nobleman with military responsibilities in a border province of a kingdom”. That’s probably copyrighted.

    There now, bet you feel educated. So, the margraves were a big deal in Bayreuth. It was Margravine (the feminine of margrave, obviously) Wilhelmine who initiated this theatre.

    It is impressive. We had a guided tour. Actually, we didn’t walk around. The guide stood in front of the stage and talked. In German. I don’t speak German. They did have a piece of paper with a summary in English, so that helped.

    impressed? the exterior
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    Richard Wagner Museum - Villa Wahnfried

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    A museum dedicated to the great composer Richard Wagner, in a beautiful limestone building near the Hofgarten (a public park). Very interesting exhibition on his personal history, musical works and the opera performances since the 19th century.

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    Opera House - Markgräfliches Opernhaus

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Apr 19, 2007

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    The Opera House is not where the Bayreuth Wagner festival takes place each year ... this festival takes place in the "Festspielhaus", a concert house dedicated only and exclusively to Richard Wagners operas. Though superior in acoustic, the rococco opera house in the inner city of Bayreuth is far more beautiful and has a splendid interior. It is also much easier to get tickets for classical concerts in this place (at a reasonable price). If you do not have the time, there are guided tours that allow you to soak in all the splendor without actually visiting a concert.

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    Maximilianstrasse - Markt (Inner City)

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Sep 19, 2006

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    Bayreuth has no Old Town in the strict sense of the word, but along the "Maximilianstrasse" and some of the attached alleys a few beautiful old buildings have been preserved, like the limestone "Mohrenapotheke" pharmacy, the neo-classical Postal Office and the church "Spitalkirche". All in all, old and new mixes pretty well here.

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    Maisels Brewery

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Aug 10, 2006

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    The Maisels brewery produces "Weißbier", aka "Weizenbier", a bavarian specialty and in my opinion the most delicious beer in the world. You can take part in a guided brewery tour with complimentary beer tasting included.

    Best beer in the world!
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    Sanspareil

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Aug 10, 2006

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    Sanspareil is ca. 30 km west of Bayreuth: An example of baroque garden culture with a rocks, caves, grottoes strewn in as well as ornamental buildings, built in 1744 by the favourite sister of the prussian king Frederick the Great.

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