In a continent like Europe full of music and culture cores, Bayreuth is undoubtedly “Wagner’s city”.
Situated in Northern Bayern region, Bayreuth is actually known on international scale for its Wagner’s Festival in July and August which attracts thousands of visitors and classic music fans. The Festival was established by the composer himself in 1876 as a chance to approach the beauty and the musicality of his operas.
Bayreuth Festspielhaus is the beating heart of the festival: Wagner personally supervised its realization since special architectural innovations were needed for his works’ set up. The theatre is really unique: the orchestra is located in a sort of cave below the stage (called “the mystic gulf”) and it is completely out of the audience’s sight. Even the conductor remains hidden whereas the side boxes, the royal box and the elegant decorations have been replaces by a semicircular parterre area.
This was all made to highlight the only important thing for the Master: the music.
In summertime Bayreuth gets crowded with Wagner’s fans who animate the town enjoying all its touristic and natural attractions. The stroll in the city centre will bring emotions and pleasant discoveries: Maximilianstrasse and Neptun’s Fountain, Altes Schloss (the Old Castle), the Schlosskirche (The church of the castle), the Neue Schloss (the new castle), the house where the compose Franz Liszt died in 1886 has become a museum. You can also explore some attractions out of town: the Hermitage Palace (5 km east of Bayreuth) with its elegante baroque halls, the Orangerie with its Sonnentempel and its waterpark, the Fantaisie Castle (5 km west of Bayreuth) with its rich garden. The city offers 20 museums and between one and another you can relax at Lohengrin Thermal Baths, a real sanctuary of wellness.