museum in Bayreuth

The Margravial Opera House  - under refurbishment until April 2018

The Margravial Opera House is considered the most beautiful Baroque Theatre in Europe and was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO on 30 June 2012. It was elected on the list of the TOP 100 attractions in Germany in 2014. It was designed on behalf of the Margravine Wilhelmine from one of the most famous theatre building families, the Bolognese Giuseppe and Carlo Galli Bibiena. With a depth of 27 meters, his stage was the largest yet in Germany, in 1871. It also drew the attention of Richard Wagner to Bayreuth.

New Castle

The New Castle was the residence of the Margraves of Bayreuth, Margrave Friedrich and the Prussian Princess Wilhelmine, sister of Friedrich the Great, were the most outstanding figures of Bayreuth in the 18th century. The New Castle built by the French architect St. Pierre in 1753, shows the features of Bayreuth Rococo in an exemplary way. The particularly notable rooms of the Margravine’s city residence are the Garden and Palm Room, Wilhelmine’s Music Salon and the famous Cabinet of Fragmented Mirrors.

Eremitage / Old Palace

The Eremitage Museum, a historical park on the outskirts of the city was once a refuge from court life. It houses the Old Palace with an Inner Cave, Water Games and a fabulous Orangery with a central Sun Temple that is crowned by Apollo, the God of the Muses.

Festspielhaus ‘Festival Theatre’

This is the world-famous Richard Wagner Festival Theatre on the Green Hill in Bayreuth. The Bayreuth Festival Theatre is unique in its architecture and acoustics, and is one of the largest opera houses in the world.

Richard Wagner Museum – Haus Wahnfried

Since it’s opening in 1976, the Richard Wagner Museum with it´s national archive and Research Centre in the Wahnfried House is a place of research and teaching of the life and work of the composer and the performance history of the Bayreuth Festival. In the future the aura and the cultural significance of the House will make visiting the Museum an inspiring experience for connoisseurs and amateurs.

Primeval Museum of the Upper Franconian - suitable for kids

The museum informs about the Geology of Upper Franconia, in particular on the history of life (Palaeontology), to the subsurface (Geology) and minerals (Mineralogy). The exhibition presents a picture of the varied and exciting development of Upper Franconia in the past 500 million years.


It presents the life and work of the famous piano virtuoso and composer Franz Liszt, his last residence. In immediate vicinity of the Haus Wahnfried, the residence of his son-in-law Richard Wagner completes the documentation of the most important epoch in the musical life of Bayreuth.

BAYREUTH´S Catacombs

Steep steps leads from the AKTIEN Brewery down into the underground, labyrinthine rock cellars, where once the fresh beer of the brewery matured in barrels. Admire a Panopticon of city history, tradition and craftsmanship, brewery history and oddities.