Bayreuth Travel Guide

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Bayreuth Highlights

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     A lovely typical German town with great architecture 

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     Parking is hard to find, and narrow streets 

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     It is well worth visiting and taking in the culture 

Bayreuth Things to Do

  • FOUTAIN'S IN BAYREUTH

    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...

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  • ALTES SCHLOSS

    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,...

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  • SCHLOSSTURM

    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...

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  • CANAL GARDEN AT NEW PALACE

    There was a lot of damage to the Palace from WWII, so afterwards, restoration of the Palace and garden's began. Some of the original feature's had disappeared, one of them was the beautiful Canal Garden.It needed reconstructing, and this was done by emptying the earth out of the cascade and restoring the Treillage at the large Pond.This area is...

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  • STATUES @ NEW PALACE

    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...

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  • NEW PALACE GARDEN

    With the New Palace complete in 1753, it was time to begin building the garden. Since the end of the 16th century, margravial property and garden was here, so all that was needed, was to extend and redesign.I love garden's, and I thought this one was really nice! The central axis of the garden was a canal with four islands. In the 18th century, the...

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  • ELIAS RANTZ [MARGRAVE] FOUNTAIN

    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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  • MARGRAVIAL OPERA HOUSE

    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...

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  • BAYREUTH NEW PALACE

    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...

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  • Zwernitz Castle-Sanspariel Garden

    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...

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  • Sanspareil and Zwernitz Castle

    This had always been a hunting ground for the wealthy gentry. In 1744-48 is was turned into a "garden of wonders". The result was a constructed small palace, a belvedere, a theater, and natural groves with paths going through rock formations. The name means "it has no equal".Over time the grounds were left unattended and most buildings became...

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  • Fantasie Park

    This garden park has a large palace on the grounds and it has an art museum in side. The main feature, though is the expansive and varied grounds with trimmed shrubs, green grass and pools of water/fountains. The residence was the summer home last for Sophie, who was the only heir to Fredrich and Wilhelmine, and she lived here 1763-1780. Later in...

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  • Freemason Museum

    This museum entry is free. It has displays of Mason culture and ceremony culture. It is a small, but compact nice museum. A tour takes only 1/2 hour, and a short film is inside.

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  • Hermitage-New Palace

    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...

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  • Hermitage-Old Palace

    This is the first structure built in 1715-18 by Georg Wilhelm. In 1735 he gave the grounds to his wife, Margravine Wihelmine, who expanded the grounds to include fountains, grottos and a New Palace eventually got built. The old palace can be toured on the every 1/2 hour, and the tour lasts about 45 minutes. Entry into the Hermitage is 6 Euro, and...

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  • City Center Sites

    Around the Stern Platz there are many great buildings and flower gardens, as well as fountains. It is a short tow-three block walk to take the side streets, and they all have preserved buildings from late 1600's to 1800's. It is a nice stroll.

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  • Stadt Kirche

    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.

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  • Stadt History Museum

    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...

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Bayreuth Restaurants

  • Local German Hangout

    The food was good and hearty with a full plate to fill up the empty palet. The locals come here to eat during their lunch hour, or suburban locals also show up here; not many tourists. I was surprised how crowded it was form opening until 3PM when we dropped by to eat. Prices are more than I expected because we thought it was a fast food fare. The...

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  • German All the Way

    It was great and the married couple served nearly all locals, since tourists did not come in here to try the fare, but should have. It is right on the main street for shopping. Prices are around 7 Euro for a plate of met and fries. Beer for 1/2 liter was 3 Euro-Yeh.It was small with maybe holding 40 people, and that is good. The owners were...

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  • lovely

    I just love it when I end up somewhere really nice, and then discover afterwards that it’s “highly recommended” in the guide books.That’s what happened here. We felt like coffee and cake (to top up Gisela’s mid-morning snack and see us through until dinner) before our wander around the Eremitage. The weather was lovely, and sitting outside by the...

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Bayreuth Nightlife

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    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Aug 10, 2006

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    As a university city, there are regular student parties throughout Bayreuth, the best nightlife option Bayreuth offers. A popular spot is the "Herzogkeller", also an excellent beergarden (at least while I studied there). Check for times at the university blackboard.

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Bayreuth Transportation

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    by iaint Written Sep 28, 2011

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    We drove there from near Ingolstadt, going north on the A9.

    Easy access from the autobahn and good parking too.

    Much of the town centre is pedestrianised, so it's a case of finding a "parking" on the periphery.

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Bayreuth Warnings and Dangers

  • Rodents Hide in Cars in Cold

    We were forewarned that rodents looking like a fury mink or rat or a weasel variety get up into the engine area during cold weather to keep warm. Then they may eat the wiring under the hood. We were given a can of spry to deter them and hopefully not have a problem

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  • EREMITAGE FOUNTAIN'S

    The old palace of Margrave Georg Wilhelm on the outskirts of town, has many ornate Fountain's. YOU NEED TO BE AWARE.....The fountains begin their waterworks on the hour from 10AM to 5PM. Guided tours are available. Open Daily 9AM-6PM (Apr-Sept) or 10AM-4PM (Oct 1st-15th), closed Oct. 16th to Apr 1st. The Eremitage is approximately 6 km outside...

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Bayreuth Off The Beaten Path

  • Kronach-Rosenberg Castle

    Sitting on the crest of the town hill is this large castle. It covers the whole hill and has many courtyards and towers. It is on 57 acres-23 hectares it is claimed to be the largest castle in Germany. Over the centuries, additions were made to the castle walls and interior, with the star wall defense placed in around 15-16th century. There are...

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  • Kronach-the town

    This town has only 17,000 people, but has a lot of old time German charm. It is the home of Louis Cranach, a famous painter of the era who spent early years here. The upper part of the town has a late Medieval style and is walled in within the old castle walls. The Gothic church, St Johannes is beautiful to see. The city hall is form 1583 and is...

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  • Kuhlmbach-Plassenburg Castle

    This castle sits on top of the hill overlooking the village below. It was first known about in 1135. The Hohenzollern family had control until 1604, and during that time it was destroyed in 1554 from a war between Margraves. It was rebuilt, and sold by heirs in 1792 to King of Prussia. Later in 1810 it became a prison, and eventually a museum for...

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Bayreuth Favorites

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    by BruceDunning Written Dec 15, 2011

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    Favorite thing: This card costs 11,50 Euro and gets you into about 9 museum places. The single cost of these, if you went into them all would be about 2-0 Euro; so it may be worth the price-but it would take two days to see all museums.

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