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Bayreuth Opernhaus

Bayreuth Opernhaus

Baroque Theatre At Its Best

Designed and built between 1744 and 1748, the Bayreuth Opernhaus is one of only a few that has survived from that era. It is being fully restored to its original splendour and is now listed as a UNESCO World heritage site.

As a building that encompasses the unique and beautiful Baroque style, the opera house was designed and built by Joseph St-Pierre and Margravine Wilhelmine, a Prussian princess who was a sister of Frederick the Great and who loved theatre and opera.

Connections To Richard Wagner

Taking only four years to build, the splendour and sheer size of the building had only been seen before in large houses of the wealthy. The unique decor of stucco and carvings makes this one of the most historic theatres in Germany.



One hundred years after the death of the princess, the large stage attracted the attention of the composer Richard Wagner who chose Bayreuth as a music festival centre. A result of this was the building of the Festspielhaus, just to the north of Bayreuth, where the only music performed is that of Wagner himself.

An Historical Wonder

As an historical wonder of Germany, the Margravial Opera House is certainly unique. It is currently undergoing renovations that started in 2012 but you can visit the site and see the interior images projected on a large screen. One particular and spectacular image is the Royal Box where Margrave Friedrich and his wife Wilhelmine sat and enjoyed the beautiful operas and theatre of their day.

Renovations are expected to be completed by 2016 when once again you will be able to visit the opera house and gaze in wonder at this beautiful building.

Where To Stay At Bayreuth

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Hotel Bayerischer Hof

The Hotel Bayerischer Hof is only 540 metres from the opera house and a 10 minute walk from the old town. It is rated at four stars and has all the amenities you could want from a friendly and privately run hotel.

Classically styled comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and an individual style means that you enjoy full relaxation when you stay at this accommodation. There is French cuisine at the Gendarmerie restaurant and bistro and the hotel is close to the main railway station.

Arvena Kongress Hotel – Hotel in der Wagnerstadt

Set in delightful gardens and situated between the mountains and uplands, the Arvena Kongress Hotel is a great base from which to explore all that is on offer at Bayreuth and beyond. If you are visiting the area at the time of the Wagner festival, you can enjoy all the comforts of a top hotel with spa facilities, cosy rooms and a restaurant that serves both International and regional dishes. Free parking is available for all guests.

Hotel Residenzschloss Bayreuth

The wonderful conservatory at the Hotel Residenzschloss is only one of the attractive qualities about this hotel which is located just over 800 metres from the opera house. You can get traditional Bayreuth beer from the bar and restaurant which serves Franconian specialities.

Each room has a flat screen TV with Sky Sports channel and there is also free Wi-Fi in all rooms. A fitness centre with sauna and hot tub help to make this an ideal place to stay if you want to take some of the more vigorous walking and running routes that are along the Red Main River.

How To Get To Bayreuth Opernhaus

By Air

Nuremberg is the closest airport to Bayreuth and there are flights from many airports in the UK to this, the second largest airport in the region of Bavaria. A car ride to the opera house is just 50 minutes and a train ride takes around 1 hour 30 minutes from Nuremberg central station. You can get the shuttle from the airport to Neuremberg central train station.

By Train

Deutsche Bahn trains run from all major stations to the central station at Bayreuth. Current prices are between 24 euro and 33 euro and the journey time is just over one and half hours from Nuremberg.

By Road

From Nuremberg airport you take the A73 route until you get to the A6. Then take directions for the A9 which takes you directly to Bayreuth. Using the Maximilianstraße or the Richard-Wagner-Straße to Sternplatz will take you to the opera house and there is an underground car park at the rear of the building.

Buses from the train station take you to Luitpoldplatz and from there it is only a 3 minute walk to the opera house. Walking from the main train station takes around 10 minutes.

Other Things To Do At Bayreuth

A Spa And Wellness Centre

Close to the opera house is a spa and wellness centre, the Spa Lohengrin, where you can have a massage or use one of the many pools and saunas. There are a range of treatments.

Castles And A Palace

The Hermitage Castle (Altes Schloss Ermitage) is very beautiful with superb gardens and wonderful architecture that is truly enchanting. The New Palace is also a fantastic building and houses many interesting exhibits. Tours are usually in German but if you ask you can get one in English.



Events

Music buffs will make the Wagner Festival at the top of their lists of things to do around Bayreuth. Lasting for 30 days, the annual festival has been running since 1876 and it is the top Wagner festival in the world.

A Trip To The Wonderful City Of Bayreuth

Even if the opera house is not completed on time, the city of Bayreuth has lots to offer visitors at all times of the year. With lots of history and some fantastic buildings like the Festspielhaus and the Richard Wagner Museum, there is always something new to to discover in Bayreuth.

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