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    ALTES SCHLOSS

    by balhannah Written Dec 19, 2011

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    Is the Old Palace of Bayreuth. It is a huge, four winged complex that date's back to the 13th century. It was re-designed in the 16th & 17th centuries, and rebuilt in the 1950's after being damaged in WWII.
    The Schloss stands out, as it is painted white, with rust colour trimming's.
    It is here, in the Palace Church, that the Royal crypt stands, containing the sarcophaguses of the Margrave Friedrich and Margravine Wilhelmine.

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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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    BAYREUTH NEW PALACE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 19, 2011

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    The 18th century Bayreuth New Palace is long building, built in the style of "Bayreuth Rococo."
    The Palace, reflects the life and works of Wilhelmine and her husband Friedrich.

    Friedrich and Wilhelmine's Old Palace was burnt to the ground, but before this happened, they had already decided that they needed a New Palace. This is the building I was viewing today.
    It is believed that Wilhelmine contributed quite a lot to the planning and building of the New Palace. It was built next to the "Pleasure garden's." Inside is said to have a lot of Rococo.

    OPEN....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.

    ADMISSION IN 2011...ADULTS....6.00 euros
    under 18 years admission free

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    FOUTAIN'S IN BAYREUTH

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2011

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    This is something I noticed during my time in Bayreuth. Fountain's! So many of them, and not all old!

    The first unique one I saw, was at the Town hall. Out the front in the plaza area, was a huge Ball, and this was a Fountain!

    Next, there was a really old one opposite the Opera House. This one involved Horse's and was rather nice. I have noticed they like Horse's involved in their Fountain's.

    The rest, were seen on my walk around the New Palace garden's and the city centre. There are many to see here.

    To me, it was the City of Fountains!

    Fountain at Bayreuth Town Hall Opposite Opera House @ Bayreuth Another fountain
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    STATUES @ NEW PALACE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 19, 2011

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    What a surprise I had when I thought I was going into a hot house to see tropical plant's!

    Inside, there weren't any plants, but a wall full of old statue's, and plenty of seating inbetween to rest the legs.
    After looking at the website map [below] I think this may have been in the Orangery. I know as I stood in front of the Palace garden, it was on the left hand side.
    The location is my last photo.

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    SCHLOSSTURM

    by balhannah Written Dec 19, 2011

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    What you can see in my photo, is a Landmark of Bayreuth. It is the octagonal Bell Tower that was built in 1656, which is commonly known as the "Scholssturm."
    What is unique here, is, not only is there a spiral staircase, but also a ramp built alongside for the transportation of goods. The furnished Guard's room at the top gives panoramic view's over the city and afar.

    ADMISSION.....Adults 1 euro

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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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    Hermitage-New Palace

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 15, 2011

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    This is a place like being in a fairytale wonderland. I was impressed with the lush grounds and trimmed shrubs all over, but also the many fountains and water themes.
    It was an original zoo complex for the Margrave Christan Ernst. His son, Georg Wilhelm expanded into a palatial place to come and relax. He first built the old palace in 1715. In 1735 Margravine Wilhelmine brought the concept of a greenery of grounds with water fountains, grottos, and orangery. The new palace and temple of the Sun were created between 1749-53
    The park ended up being neglected in 1791 and mostly remained that way until revival after WWII, and the New Palace had extensive rework performed. The tour takes about 2 hours to see it all.There are no tours for the New Palace, but there are for the old one, but times need to be reserved sometimes, and guided tours only.
    It is open 9-6 April-September and until 4PM mid October; then it closes for the season. Entry is 6 Euro.

    New Palace circular Temple of Sun- glass mosaics Temple of the Sun rotunda at New Palace Pool with many statues in Lower Grotto Close up view of statues in pond Wood bark chapel on grounds
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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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    ELIAS RANTZ [MARGRAVE] FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Dec 19, 2011

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    I found many nice Fountain's in Bayreuth.
    The Elias Rantz Fountain, is a large Fountain situated in front of the New Palace. On top, is a statue of the Margrave Christian Ernst (1661 to 1712). It's surrounded by different animal's that are spouting water from their mouth's. I thought it was really nice.

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    Hofgarten

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Aug 9, 2006

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    A beautiful yet small public parc with sculptures, fountains, canals, bridges ... a nice place to lay down on the lawn and read a good book in summer. The Richard Wagner museum and the Markgräfliches Schloss (palace) are very close.

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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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    MARGRAVIAL OPERA HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 19, 2011

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    Margravial Opera House is quoted as ...
    "The most beautifully preserved baroque Opera house in Europe." I would have to agree!

    The Opera house was built to celebrate the engagement in 1744 of Duke Carl Eugen von Wurttemberg to 12 year old, Elisabeth Friederike Sophie, the daughter of Wilhelmine and Friedrich.
    Wedding festivities took place, with performances of the operas "Il trionfo d'Ezio" and "Artaxerxes

    The Opera House, is one of the few remaining 18th-century Theatre buildings in Europe. The interior of this theatre has tiers of boxes, made entirely of wood, and the Stage, until 1871, was one of the largest in Germany. It is beautifullly lit, has lovely balconies and art work.
    It was famous architect,Guiseppe Galli Bibiena from Bologna, who built the interior in festive Italian baroque style, which was his hallmark.
    We had this beautiful Theatre all to ourselves. It was truly magnificent!

    OPEN.....
    April - September 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    October - March 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    closed during the day of evening performance

    ADMISSION IN 2011.....Adults ...6.00 euros
    Under 18years....FREE

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    The Festspielhaus

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Aug 9, 2006

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    The composer Richard Wagner was able to create this concert house exclusively dedicated to his own works, due to sufficient funding by the bavarian king Ludwig II. No other opera will be performed here. You will find the Festspielhaus on the "Red Hill" (Roter Hügel) well outside the city centre. It is not quite easy for music lovers to get tickets - you have to apply for tickets years before you actually will see a concert (if you`re lucky). A visit to the interesting and wortwhile Richard Wagner - museum might be an alternative.

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    Zwernitz Castle-Sanspariel Garden

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 15, 2011

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    Next to the rock garden is the Zwernitz Castle. The original was built in 1200, and in 1339 the Hohenzollern family got possession. It added buildings over 200 years, and today it has a nice museum, besides showing the inside and culture of the castle.

    Entry fee is 3 Euro, and it is open 9-5PM Tuesday-Sunday but close over winter months. A tour may take 3/4 hour to see the museum pieces and castle

    View of the castle and defense walls Castle mounted on top of the village hill Close up of castle tower Deer antler relics on the walls Weapons cache in room
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