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Margravial Opera House: World Heritage & Museum

Maintenance work (18-22 September 2023)

Due to maintenance work, restrictions on visiting the Opera House are to be expected from 18 to 22 September. The stage and the historically recreated scenery will not be visible. The Iron Curtain may be closed.

Oriental Building at Sanspareil

Due to renovation and conversion work, the Oriental Building at Sanspareil will not be accessible to visitors in 2023.


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

Here you will find some information to prepare your visit to Margravine Wilhelmine's palaces and gardens if your mobility is restricted or if you are visually or hearing impaired.

Short films: Bayreuth New Palace, Sanspareil Rock Garden, Hermitage


Link to the film page

Spectacular aerial views and impressive interior views give you exclusive insights behind the palace walls and a great view of otherwise hidden details. The magnificent gardens also come into their own here in a special way.

to the short films


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.

We also provide you with image and film material that you may use free of charge on your own website under certain conditions; click here to download image material or download footage.



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. We cannot offer supervision for animals brought along. Please keep dogs on a lead in the gardens and parks.

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