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Top ChoiceMusic in Bayreuth

Wagner Festival

The Wagner Festival has been a summer fixture in Bayreuth for over 140 years and is generally regarded as the top Wagner event anywhere in the world. The festival lasts for 30 days (from late July to late...

Top ChoiceTheatre in Bayreuth

Markgräfliches Opernhaus

Designed by Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, a famous 18th-century architect from Bologna, Bayreuth's opera house is one of Europe's most stunningly ornate baroque theatres. Germany's largest opera house until 1871, it...

Museum in Bayreuth

Richard Wagner Museum

In the early 1870s King Ludwig II, Wagner's most devoted fan, gave the composer the cash to build Haus Wahnfried, a pleasingly symmetrical minimansion on the northern edge of the Hofgarten. The building now...

Theatre in Bayreuth

Festspielhaus

North of the Hauptbahnhof, the main venue for Bayreuth’s annual Wagner Festival is the Festspielhaus, constructed in 1872 with King Ludwig II’s backing. The structure was specially designed to accommodate...

Park in Bayreuth

Eremitage

Around 6km east of the centre lies the Eremitage, a lush park girding the Altes Schloss, the summer residence that belonged to 18th-century margrave Friedrich and his wife Wilhelmine. Visits to the palace are by...

Palace in Bayreuth

Neues Schloss

Opening into the vast Hofgarten, the Neues Schloss lies a short distance south of the main shopping street, Maxmilianstrasse. A riot of rococo style, the margrave's residence after 1753 features a vast collection...

Brewery in Bayreuth

Maisel's Bier-Erlebnis-Welt

For a fascinating look at the brewing process, head to this enormous museum next door to the brewery of one of Germany’s top wheat-beer producers – Maisel. The one-hour guided tour takes you into the bowels of...

Franconian in Bayreuth

Oskar

At the heart of the pedestrianised shopping boulevard, this multitasking, open-all-hours bar-cafe-restaurant is Bayreuth's busiest eatery. It's good for a busting Bavarian breakfast, a light lunch in the covered...

Cafe in Bayreuth

Kraftraum

This vegetarian eatery has plenty to tempt even the most committed meat eaters, including pastas, jacket potatoes, soups and huge salads. The retro-ish, shabby-chic interior empties on sunny days when everyone...

Bistro in Bayreuth

Rosa Rosa

Join Bayreuth's chilled crowd at this alternatively minded bistro-cum-pub for belly-filling portions of salad, pasta and vegie fare, as well as seasonal dishes from the big specials board, or just a Frankenwälder...

Castle in Bayreuth

Altes Schloss

Within the Erimitage stands the Altes Schloss, King Frederick the Great of Prussia and his wife Wilhelmine’s summer residence. Visits to the palace are by guided tour only and take in the Chinese Mirror room...

Pub in Bayreuth

Brauhaus Schinner

The pub belonging to Bayreuth's Schinner brewery is a reassuringly old-fashioned affair with great, fresh-tasting beer but slightly pricey food. The speciality here is Braunbier, a dark bitter brew specific to...

Pizza in Bayreuth

Hansl’s Wood Oven Pizzeria

The best pizza in town is found at this tiny place tucked away in a corner of the square near the Stadthalle. There's next to no chance of a seat at mealtimes, so grab a takeaway.

Cafe in Bayreuth

Torten Schmiede

Bayreuth has lots of cafes, but with its car-boot sale of retro furniture, homemade cakes and 'street art' on the walls, this tiny cafe is something that's a bit different. Enjoy your shot of caffeine and cake on...