The city of Bayreuth is welcoming and open-minded, and thanks to the Richard Wagner Festival, it has long since been a meeting place for the LGBTQ community.
The LGBTQ community is very welcome in Bayreuth!
Not just since LGBTQ has been on everyone’s lips in connection with the fight for sexual equality and against discrimination, but for close to 150 years now, Bayreuth has been recognised as a popular destination for people of different sexual orientations from all over the world, especially in connection with Richard Wagner’s work and the Bayreuth Festival.
Bayreuth is not Barcelona or Tel Aviv — but tolerance towards people who do not conform to the once common heterosexual stereotype has a long tradition here. Without going into detail on Alexander von Humboldt, who was after all a resident of Bayreuth for four years, many artists and musicians established Bayreuth’s reputation as a tolerant city towards the end of the 19th century, and directors such as Patrice Chereau in the 1970s or Barry Kosky continue to do so in our own time.
Even today, Bayreuth is a meeting place for the LGBTQ community. Unique sights, palaces and parks such as the Hermitage, Fantaisie and Sanspareil, or the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the Margravial Opera House with world stars of baroque music every September, are wonderful reasons to get to know Bayreuth better. Bayreuth’s hotel industry and excellent gastronomy will treat the LGBTQ community to the best of comfort, excellent cuisine, Franconian beer variety and Franconian wines.
In keeping with this, an assortment of different rainbow souvenirs such as mugs, pins or lanyards is available in the Bayreuth Shop located at 22 Opernstraße.
Our 2nd Mayor, Andreas Zippel, also extends a warm welcome to the LGBTQ community:
Bayreuth is colourful and queer life is a matter of course — this is something I personally experience on a daily basis. A pleasantly relaxed city centre, fantastic cultural offerings for everyone, delicious Franconian food and fantastic natural landscapes in the surrounding area. No matter whether you want to explore the city, enjoy events or work off your energy in your free time: Whoever you want to take by the hand, just do it and enjoy our beautiful Bayreuth without any concerns!
We look forward to welcoming you at our events and wish you a great time in the city.