Autumn is slowly taking its hold on Bayreuth. The leaves are beginning to turn a deep orange-red shade, the nights are growing cooler again, but the days are still sunny and warm. At this time of year, too, the city has a lot to offer. Find inspiration in our tips and enjoy your time with us in Bayreuth!
Make the most of our calendar of festivals
After the festive highlights of the summer season, we continue uninterrupted into the next round.
One very special treat is the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival, which follows on from the Bayreuth Festival.
And don’t miss the Bayreuth Autumn Festival at the “Volksfestplatz”. Try out the fairground rides to your heart’s content and sample all kinds of delicious treats – sweet and savoury.
“Sangeslust” , an a cappella festival, once again features a first-class programme of national and international acts over several days. As you can see, autumn in Bayreuth is colourful!
Create cute hedgehogs
An autumn hike around Rabenstein Castle — along the promenade on the path to the caves
The starting point for this romantic walk in the middle of Franconian Switzerland is the forecourt of Rabenstein Castle.
Just follow the signs with the green chess queen to the right of the castle. The total length of the walk is approx. 6 km and the difference in altitude to be climbed is a comfortable 90 metres: the car park lies 438 metres above sea level, the valley floor 370 metres above sea level, and the ridge trail 460 metres above sea level (source: Fränkische-Schweiz-Verein Ailsbach-Ahorntal).
The 95% woodland surroundings create a unique atmosphere, especially in autumn. The circular trail leads you back to Rabenstein Castle, where you can round off your excursion with something good to eat and drink at the “Gutsschenke” or in the beer garden.
Go fly a kite
Even windy autumn days have their charm. They are exactly the right time to get your kite out of the attic or cellar and to let it soar once again.
There are plenty of hills in Bayreuth that are suitable for this. For example, in Grunau on the “Allee”, in the “Wilhelminenaue” or on the “Bürgerreuth”. It is a wonderful experience for young and old to watch the spectacle of colourful kites borne by the wind.
Delicious carrot and pumpkin fritters with a feta dip
An autumn walk through the Ecological-Botanical Garden at the University of Bayreuth
The autumn foliage in the Ecological-Botanical Garden is breath-taking. The brilliant yellow, orange and red is a real feast for the eyes. What’s more, you can embark on a world tour and experience autumn on various continents.
Take part in a guided tour of the Festspielhaus
From September onwards it is possible to visit the world-famous Richard Wagner Festival Theatre again, as part of a guided tour. Have you always wanted to take a look behind the scenes? Learn more about its history and, of course, its first-class acoustics? Then now is the best time to do so! Fascinating anecdotes about performances and the people behind them are all part of this tour.
Gather chestnuts to feed the animals in Mehlmeisel Wildlife Park
Chestnuts and acorns fall at your feet during an autumn walk? Then simply scoop them up and set off for Mehlmeisel with them. In the wildlife park there, the food will be much appreciated. After looking for lynxes and other wild animals, you can visit the summit of the Ochsenkopf. The cable car is a comfortable way to get to the top. The view of the surrounding area is breathtaking!
Shop for beautiful autumn outfits
It’s getting colder and you need a new outfit for the autumn? You’ll definitely find what you’re looking for in Bayreuth city centre. And be sure to take advantage of the expert in-store advisors. They will be happy to help you complete your outfit with matching, trendy shoes, accessories and much more! So why not head off on an autumn stroll through the city centre?
Enjoy warm rays of sunshine in a wine bar
Autumn is also the time for harvesting and pressing grapes. Although Bayreuth is not a wine region, it does boast some choice wine bars that are well worth a visit. In beautiful gardens or directly on the market square, leisurely hours spent with friends over a glass or two of wine pass by like minutes. Come and see for yourselves.
Recipe for dessert with apples
Go to the theatre
Bayreuth has some small but excellent theatre ensembles. The “Studiobühne”, the “Brandenburger Kulturstadl” or the “Operla”, a puppet theatre, have a diverse repertoire on offer. The programme covers a broad spectrum from classical tragedy to contemporary drama, from comedy to modern plays in Franconian dialect, musicals, children’s plays and musical readings. You are guaranteed to have a great evening – no matter which performance you attend. Tickets for the performances are available at the theatre box office in Bayreuth.