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Introducing the city of Bayreuth and its surroundings

Bayreuth, an urban district in the heart of Upper Franconia which has been a university town since 1975, is nestled between the Fichtel Mountains (Fichtelgebirge) in the northeast and the Franconian Switzerland (Fränkische Schweiz) in the southwest and lies on the Roter Main. The city is the seat of the Upper Franconian government. It is world-famous mainly because of the annual Bayreuth Festival, during which Richard Wagner's operas are performed in the Festival Theatre on the “Green Hill”. An additional point of interest in the city is the Richard Wagner Museum in the Haus Wahnfried, the residence of Richard Wagner and family estate until 1966, which has been a museum since 1976, has an associated national archive, and serves as the research facilities for the Richard Wagner Foundation in Bayreuth.

In addition, the margravine opera house is particularly worth seeing, which, with its opulent baroque décor which was designed by Giuseppe Galli da Bibiena, prompted Wagner to come to Bayreuth already in 1870. Other buildings from the Bayreuth margrave period of the 17th and 18th centuries such as the Neues Schloss (new palace), the Altes Schloss (old palace) in Eremitage park, or the Schloss Fantasie make you want to go back in time to follow the footsteps of the margravine Wilhelmine. Those who are interested can take part in historical tours to get a vivid insight into life with and under the rule of the margraves.

In 2011, under the slogan “the joy of Liszt's music”, the 200th birthday of the composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt is being celebrated with an extensive jubilee program.

The Jean Paul Museum is dedicated to the life and work of the poet and author Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (Jean Paul), who lived in Bayreuth from 1804 until his death in 1825.

Besides its numerous museums, Bayreuth offers a diverse range of services and cultural events such as concerts, theatrical performances, cinema, and sporting events. The city's indoor swimming pool and the Lohengrin spa, to name just a couple, provide for health and well-being. The nearby Fichtel Mountains provide the backdrop for a wide range of other interesting leisure activities.

Festival Theatre La-Spezia-Platz/Luitpoldplatz Africa Caribbean Festival at the 'Ehrenhof' in front of the revenue service building
“At some point we will all be sitting together in Bayreuth and wonder how we could ever stand it anywhere else.”
(Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)
Margravine Wilhelmine, Jean Paul, Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt 

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