If you are curious about history and culture, you should definitely pay a visit to this city for a few enjoyable days. Together with Bamberg and Nuremberg it frames the Franconian Switzerland.
Bayreuth evolved from an Andechs-Meranien settlement in the middle of the 12th century. In the 18th century it became a residential city when the Old Castle was built and other representative buildings were commissioned by the Margrave Frederic and his wife Wilhelmine, a daughter of the Soldier-King Frederick William I of Prussia.
As a Prussian princess, she was initially espoused to the heir apparent of England but eventually married the heir to the Bayreuth throne for politics' sake. The couple's only child was Elisabeth Sophie of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, who was described by Giacomo Casanova as the most beautiful girl in Germany.
One of Wilhelmine's friends and admirers was Voltaire, who once wrote to the Markgravine: "In Bayreuth I have seen a court where all the pleasures of sociality and all the enjoyments of the spirit are gathered."
One of the most imaginative Franconians moved to Bayreuth at the beginning of the 19th century - the poet Jean Paul. However, sentences like: "It is sad if you keep nothing but your head," didn't exactly make him popular with everybody.
Based on the designs of Gottfried Semper and Richard Wagner, the Festival Theatre was put up on the Green Hill at the end of the 19th century. The Bayreuth Festival, also called "Richard Wagner Festival", is a theatre and music festival taking place annually from late July to the end of August. Franz Liszt, Peter Tschaikowski and Friedrich Nietzsche were some of the famous guests of the 1876 Ring des Nibelungen premiere.
After you have enjoyed the inspiring and lively atmosphere of the past in this beautiful city for a day, we recommend a break from the culture. The Jura, the Franconian Switzerland and the Fichtelgebirge offer a multitude of sport facilities. From early spring until autumn you can go on superb climbing or hiking tours on more than 5000 km of trails amidst meadow, forest and rock landscapes, which are still intact.
Idyllic Franconian villages will line your road, providing snug inns for you to refresh yourself and recreate, indoors or in the beer garden.
For golf friends there is the Golf Club Oberfranken e. V., situated within a wild, romantic low mountain rage landscape near Thurnau, its 18 holes golf course living up to international standards.
In winter the Schneeberg and the Ochsenkopf mountains with their two cable cars and 19 lifts offer winter fun to beginners and adepts. Cross-country skiing fans will find 300 km of loipes groomed for them.
Being all exhausted and relaxed at night, you can then come to rest in a lovingly equipped bed & breakfast guestroom or apartment. We have a suitable offer for you, whether you are travelling alone, together with your friends or your family.
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