Bayreuth, halfway between Berlin and Munich, is a great destination when it comes to street art and urban art, meaning art in public spaces.
Urban Art in Bayreuth
As far as music and culture is concerned, Bayreuth is widely known and its reputation is undisputed. With the operas of Richard Wagner performed at the Bayreuth Festival, with its two world-class opera houses, one of which is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with its numerous international festivals, Bayreuth takes its place among the very best.
The world of Wilhelmine, with its fairytale castles and parks, is also tremendously appealing. What is still currently unbeknown to a lot of people, is that Bayreuth is also a fantastic destination when it comes to urban art. Visit us now and discover the public art and street art that Bayreuth has to offer! Welcome to Bayreuth!
Bayreuth’s Open-Air Gallery – Bayreuth’s Sculpture Mile
Bayreuth’s Open-Air Gallery comprises around 35 objects, sculptures, plastics and street art murals, including the major projects of Bayreuth’s Sculpture Mile with works by eminent 20th century artists such as Alfred Hrdlicka, Horst Antes or Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. The works of art can mostly be found in the historic city centre, but also in the Festival Park and at the university.
She´s back – Street Art for Bayreuth
With the series “She’s back – Street Art for Bayreuth” in 2018, the year of the reopening of the Margravial Opera House (LINK), an additional fi ve spectacular, large-scale murals were created by international street artists. This firmly established Bayreuth among connoisseurs and fans as a hot insider tip as far as street art is concerned. Los Angeles-based American artist, Drew Merrit, created a large-scale portrait of Wilhelmine’s only daughter, who was considered the most beautiful princess in Europe in her day. He depicts her as a young woman with modern facial features and a contemporary expression. The mural created by the Austrian artist, Nychos, depicts Wilhelmine in comic style. Further murals were created by Stohead, Matthias Mross and Case Maclaim.
Spectacular: Bayreuth’s New Urban Art Hotel
In the new Urban Art Hotel, opened in 2022, a unique hotel project has emerged very close to the historic centre of Bayreuth. The smart-hotel, in which every room is a work of art in its own right, was created by over 50 street artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the USA, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Japan, Austria and Germany. Among them are a number of big names from the scene, such as Elle from New York City, the British artist D‑Face, Super A from the Netherlands or Hera of the artist duo Herakut from Berlin.
City tour: Art in Public Spaces
The best way to experience urban and street art in Bayreuth is by joining one of our “Art in Public Spaces” city tours. The two-hour guided tour can be booked by appointment throughout the year, but the urban art tour is also open to the general public on various dates: the 29th April, the 24th June, the 12th August and the 16th September 2022, at 4 p.m. on each occasion.
Further information: Tourist-Information, Opernstraße 22, 95444 Bayreuth, Tel. +49 921 /885–88