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General information for visitors

Current information / Coronavirus

According to the current legal situation, an opening of our houses is possible depending on the local seven-day incidence.

The New Palace and the Margravial Opera House are open at present. No reservation is required.

An online reservation via our reservation website is possible for the visit to the Margravial Opera House (maximum 7 days in advance; booking deadline for the next day is always at 5 pm).

Current information on the Margravial Opera House · 16 to 21 August 2021:
Due to maintenance work, visits to the opera house may be impaired during this time; for example, the historically recreated scenery will not be visible.
We ask for your understanding for the restrictions.

Please take into account waiting times and restrictions such as altered routes or room closures.

The Italian Palace, the bath wing and the grotto wing in the New Palace, the Old Hermitage Palace, Zwernitz Castle and the Oriental Building at Sanspareil must unfortunately remain closed until further notice.

The official hygiene and conduct rules of course apply for visits to all the sights and notices will be posted in each place as a reminder.

Here you will find a list of currently open/closed houses as well as general information and FAQs for visiting our sights during the restrictions due to COVID-19.


Picture: Margravine Wilhelmine

»The world of Wilhelmine«


Welcome to the Margravine's palaces and gardens


In only two decades, Margravine Wilhelmine of Bayreuth, the legendary sister of Frederick the Great, together with her husband Margrave Friedrich, transformed Bayreuth into a residential seat of European standing.

Well-known buildings such as the Margravial Opera House, which was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2012, the New Palace in the Bayreuth Rococo style and the Hermitage and Sanspareil parks still bear eloquent witness of their achievement.

Information for people with a handicap


Picture: Bayreuth New Palace, Tea Room

Bayreuth New Palace and Court Garden

Information for people with mobility, visual or hearing impairment about the New Palace and Court Garden

Margravial Opera House

Information for people with mobility, visual or hearing impairment about the Margravial Opera House


Information for people with mobility, visual or hearing impairment about the Hermitage


The Rock Garden is accessible for wheelchair users, with the exception of certain areas with steep paths. Barrier-free toilets are available during opening hours at the visitor centre at Zwernitz Castle.

The Oriental Building is accessible for wheelchairs users via the rear entrance; please ask at the cash desk.

The rooms in Zwernitz Castle are only accessible via stairs.


Picture: Vase, Meißen around 1878

Plans of the gardens

Plan of Bayreuth Court Garden

Plan of the Hermitage

Plan of Sanspareil Rock Garden
(with Oriental Building and Zwernitz Castle


Photography and filming

Taking pictures of the outside of the palaces for private use does not require a permit. Photo and film shootings taken for further use as well as the flying of drones / multicopters are basically subject to approval and charges. Here you will find information on photography permits / film permits.



Free wi-fi is available at "Residenzplatz", in the entrance area of the New Palace, and in parts of the adjacent Court Garden.



Dogs and other animals are not allowed in any of the buildings. Unfortunately, we cannot offer supervision for animals brought along. Please keep dogs on a lead in the gardens and parks.

Video about Sanspareil Rock Garden


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