Our neighbour: the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth
In 1744, the foundation stone was laid for one of the most impressive court theatres of the 18th century. Margravine Wilhelmine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth was the driving force behind it. Her aim was to bring festival and musical culture to Bayreuth. Since 2012, the opera house has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and astounds several thousand visitors every year.Opera house
The Bayreuth Festival and Richard Wagner
Since 1876, with the start of the first Richard Wagner Festival, summer in Bayreuth has been strongly shaped by Wagner’s music. The extraordinary festival theatre not only convinces with its imposing appearance, but also with its very special acoustics. Due to its special design, this opera house is considered to be one of the venues with the best acoustics worldwide.
FRANZ LISZT: Bayreuth as a meeting place for great artists
Even long after the death of the great conductor and composer, traces of his life can still be found in Bayreuth. In 1993, the house where he died was transformed into a museum dedicated to his life and work. In addition, concerts still take place using the original Liszt grand piano.
A few minutes’ walk from the hotel takes you to Villa Wahnfried. The very extensive and lovingly prepared exhibition shows an incredible wealth of detail, featuring objects from Richard Wagner’s life and work in Bayreuth. Visitors can also find fascinating background information on Wagner and the festival.
With the conversion of the palace and park, Margravine Wilhelmine created her very own refuge. When she received the grounds as a gift from her husband in 1735, she continued to plan further measures to transform the place into something very special. She gave her imagination free rein,
creating impressive water features and colourful flowerbeds. To this day, the fountains and the flowery meadows invite you to take a summer stroll.
Sometime or other we will all be sitting together in Bayreuth and asking ourselves how we were able to bear being anywhere else.