The former Margravial residence is today world famous for the annual Richard Wagner Festival. The largest city in Upper Franconia is a modern university and conference town, has a strong economy and is well on its way to becoming the high-tech centre of the region.
Bayreuth's sights, museums and broad choice of cultural activities promise visitors a range of attractions all year round.
Our Margravial Opera House is the most beautiful baroque theatre in Europe and has been officially nominated by the German Government to become one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany. Visitors are treated to fascinating palaces, the historic gardens of the Eremitage with its mysterious caves and water fountains, the Richard-Wagner-Festspielhaus with its unique acoustics and more than 20 interesting museums. A great number of festivals provide outstanding musical and theatrical performances.
Bayreuth also offers a wide range of leisure activities, including the championship golf course and the Lohengrin thermal spa. Comfortable hotels and guesthouses invite you to relax and to forget your everyday troubles, whilst Franconian and international restaurants provide a variety of gastronomic delights. Bayreuth is the gateway to the tourist regions Fichtelgebirge and the romantic Fränkische Schweiz; it is easily reached by car on the national motorways (Autobahn) A9 and A70.
The Deutsche Bahn (German Railway) links Bayreuth and Nuremberg with fast trains every hour. International connections are provided by several airlines with daily flights from different cities to Nuremberg and hourly connections by train to Bayreuth.