A short holiday is the perfect way to take a break from everyday life. In four days you can familiarize yourself with Bayreuth's culture and some Upper Franconian culinary highlights.
With our four-day guide, we guarantee you an exciting short break for families, individuals or groups. We are also happy to help you on location with additional tips for excursions.
Day 1: From Wagner to Margravine Wilhelmine
You can start your 4‑day exploration of Bayreuth with a guided walking tour through the historic city centre of Bayreuth. The Tourist Information Office is the meeting point and the start of the tour. There, you can also pick up further information about Bayreuth and the surrounding area.
After lunch in one of the traditional eateries in the city centre, visit the Richard Wagner Museum and gain an insight into the life of the musical icon. A permanent exhibition describes the life and works of Richard Wagner in three separate parts. In addition to various exhibitions, chamber concerts, conferences and lectures are also held at the museum. The museum is located in House Wahnfried, Wagner’s former home.
Afterwards you can visit the New Palace, which you already viewed from the outside during the guided tour, and now see it from the inside as well. Margravine Wilhelmine herself influenced the design of the palace considerably, including the design of the Mirror Cabinet and the Old Music Room. The Italianate Palace at the New Palace exemplifies Bayreuth Rococo style, and can be viewed in the small rooms of the building. Please note that opening hours there are only from 10 am to 4 pm from October to March. In the other months, the New Palace is open from 9 am to 6 pm.
To bring the first day of your short break to a close, we recommend a walk through the romantic Hofgarten (Court Gardens), “the green lung” of the city centre. A subsequent dinner in the city centre rounds off the first day.
Day 2: Bayreuth’s underground
Begin the second day of your short break with a visit to the Margravial Opera House, which has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2012, and marvel at its grandiose interior architecture. The opera house is open from 9 am to 6 pm. Tours of the interior take place every 45 minutes. Music enthusiasts might want to take a look at the events that take place in the opera house. Various concerts and performances are still held in the Margravial Opera House.
To end the day with a highlight, you can treat yourself to a fresh beer in the “Herzogkeller” after the catacombs. For beer lovers, a visit to Maisel’s “Bier-Erlebnis-Welt” is also worthwhile. There you can take a self-guided tour and learn all the secrets about the history and art of brewing beer, as well as the Maisel’s company. The “Liebesbier” is the ideal place to round the evening off with a special dinner.
Day 3: A journey around the world
Begin your penultimate day in Bayreuth with a walk through the Ecological-Botanical Garden of the University of Bayreuth — it offers a unique botanical journey around the world in just a few hours. The Ecological-Botanical Garden can be reached by car or with the bus lines 316, 306 as well as 304. To reach the garden, alight at the “Zentrale Univerwaltung” bus stop.
After lunch or a coffee in the city, you can take part in a guided tour of Bayreuth’s landmark – the Festspielhaus – at 2 pm (available from September to March). On the “Walk of Wagner”, starting at the Richard Wagner Museum and ending at the Festspielhaus, you can reach your destination on foot in just over half an hour. The route to the Festspielhaus via the Walk of Wagner takes you past places that played a special role in Wagner’s life. However, if the walk is too much for you, you can also get to the Festspielhaus by buses 305 and 309.
For the late afternoon or evening, you can check the event calendar to see if there is currently a special exhibition or event taking place in the IWALEWAHAUS. The IWALEWAHAUS is a must for enthusiasts of African contemporary art. It has a collection of modern and contemporary visual art and popular culture from Africa, Asia and the Pacific region that is unique in Germany.
Day 4: The Margraves‘ landscaped park
Spend your departure day taking it easy, beginning with a stroll through the magnificent Hermitage park, stopping to admire its “New Palace”, a fascinating piece of park architecture with the central sun temple crowned by Apollo, the god of the Muses. The “New Palace” should not be confused with the New Palace in Bayreuth city centre. Equally worth seeing is the Old Palace of the Hermitage. In 1735, Wilhelmine had this extended into a summer palace with magnificent interior decoration.
After your walk, you can unwind in the café in the Orangery. The Hermitage can be reached by car or by public transport (buses 302 and 303). If you are travelling by car, it is worth taking a detour to the Lohengrin Therme, a certified spa. At the end of your short holiday, you can relax there for the remaining hours until your departure, enjoy the warm thermal water or indulge in some pampering with one of the numerous wellness treatments on offer.