You can spend an exciting two days in the cultural city of Bayreuth in the footsteps of Margravine Wilhelmine or Richard Wagner.
A weekend trip to Bayreuth
Two days in the cultural capital of Bayreuth can be spent in various ways. The team at the tourist information office in Bayreuth can recommend a weekend trip with a colourful mix of cultural and culinary highlights.
Day 1: Experience some world cultural heritage
To gain a first impression of the city, we recommend starting your stay with a guided tour of the city. The tours give you an overview of the historic city centre and the history associated with it. The meeting point for these tours is the Tourist Information Office. Please note that advance registration is necessary to take part in the tours. You can register with the Tourist Information Office team by phone or email.
After your guided tour, we recommend you visit a restaurant in Bayreuth’s city centre. Here you can choose from good Franconian cuisine to Asian or vegan restaurants.
After a midday snack, you can visit the Margravial Opera House, which you will probably have already seen from the outside during one of your guided tours. It has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2012 and is considered the most beautiful baroque theatre in the world. During the opening hours from 9 am to 6 pm, tours of the interior take place every 45-minutes.
If you are more partial to Franconian brewing culture than Bayreuth’s musical history, Maisel’s “Biererlebniswelt” is the place to go. The brewery offers daily tours and you can immerse yourself in the world of the art of brewing there. For a fitting end to the day, we recommend you round off the evening in the adjoining brewery restaurant “Liebesbier”.
Day 2: Richard and Wilhelmine
Depending on what you prefer, you can either spend the second day of your weekend excursion entirely dedicated to Richard Wagner, or continue to explore the world of Margravine Wilhelmine with all its architectural gems.
Option 1: Richard Wagner’s Bayreuth
Begin your second day with a visit to the former home of the Wagner family in House Wahnfried, which has housed the Richard Wagner Museum since 1976. Especially during the festival season, the museum offers attractive events such as chamber concerts, lectures or book presentations. In addition, various permanent and special exhibitions are hosted here, to immerse you in Wagner’s life. The museum is directly adjacent to Bayreuth’s “green lung”, the “Hofgarten” park. A stroll through the park is especially worthwhile from spring to late summer, when you can marvel at the colourfully planted flower beds.
You can either have lunch in one of the nearby restaurants in Maximilianstraße – the choice here ranges from traditional Franconian breweries to Asian and vegan, or recharge your batteries at one of the bratwurst stalls – the most popular and traditional is the one in Richard-Wagner-Straße.
A highlight in the afternoon is a guided tour of Bayreuth’s most famous landmark, the Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre). During the tour, you can find out more about the special features of the architecture and the unique acoustics of the house. From September to April, you can take part in a guided tour every day. You can reach the Festspielhaus either on foot, in a good half hour on the “Walk of Wagner”, or also by public transport (bus lines 305 and 309).
Option 2: The World of Wilhelmine
Wilhelmine, the favourite sister of Frederick the Great, succeeded in making her mark not only in the field of politics but also spiritually and in the arts. She became the representative of the Age of Enlightenment, thereby playing an active role in shaping Bayreuth’s history. Evidence of the Margravine’s accomplishments can still be found in and around the city today.
Begin the final day of your weekend excursion with an extended visit to the New Palace, built by Margravine Wilhelmine. The magnificent interior design of the rooms and annexes has largely been preserved in its original state. In addition to the Mirror Cabinet and the Palm Room, the Italian Palace in “Bayreuth Rococo” style is also well worth seeing. You can arrange your stay in the New Palace according to your own preferences or take part in a guided tour.
If the weather is good, you can also take a walk through the adjoining “Hofgarten” (Court Gardens), the magnificent “green lung” of Bayreuth’s city centre. Locals like to use the Hofgarten to enjoy their lunch break on one of the many park benches there. However, as you are also close to the pedestrian zone, you can also have your lunch in one of the many eateries there.
In the afternoon you can visit the Hermitage landscaped park. This park, too, was significantly developed and enhanced by Margravine Wilhelmine, giving it its present form. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the extensive park and the romantic grottos, as well as by the whimsical Bayreuth Rococo in the magnificent buildings. The park can be easily reached by public transport. Simply take bus line 302 from the central bus station. If you would like to travel by car, there is a large free car park on site where buses can also stop without any problems.