Richard Wagner and the Bayreuth Festival – Germany’s most prestigious music festival – have successfully achieved worldwide fame for the city of Bayreuth. Richard Wagner lived and composed much of his music in Bayreuth and although he died in Venice his final resting place is in the garden of “Wahnfried”, the classicist villa he lived in. In 2013 Bayreuth celebrates the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner with operas, concerts and exhibitions. An absolute must see for anyone interested in culture are the Franz-Liszt-Museum and the Richard-Wagner-Museum, both situated on the edge of the court garden.
Bayreuth – Upper Franconia’s largest city – principally reflects the baroque period of architecture. Over 400 years ago Bayreuth became the residential city of the Margraves and the then Margravine, Prussian Princess Wilhelmine, presented the city with numerous palaces and parks as well as the Margravial Opera House that today is not only considered to be the most beautiful baroque theatre in Europe but has also been nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Further notable sights are the new palace and court garden in the historic city centre and the hermitage, old palace, orangery and sun temple with its grottos and fountains which together form some of the best gardens of anywhere in Europe.
But there is far more to the lovable, lively city of Bayreuth than just its historic sights: not only do some 10,000 students and scientists study and carry out their research at the University of Bayreuth but the city also has a buzzing cultural scene and a wealth of restaurants, bars, bistros and street-side cafés all bestowing the city with its inimitable Mediterranean flair. Hundreds of specialist shops and the Rotmain Center housing some 80 shops and services have made Bayreuth into the number one shopping centre for the whole of the region.
“Health and well-being that’s fun“ is the motto of the Lohengrin Thermae. With its state approved mineral spring and a fantastic well-being oasis the Bayreuth thermal spa is a temple of wellness second to none. The Lohengrin Thermae which offers a wide range of well-being treatments and applications belongs to the organisation of “Royal Spas of Europe” (www.royal-spas.net).
Bayreuth has excellent transport connection being located on the A9 motorway almost equidistant from Munich and Berlin. Nuremberg airport is just a 45-minutes drive and it takes less than one hour by train to Nurembergs central railway station.