Tourism in Bayreuth
The people of Bayreuth erected a statue to commemorate their first great patron of tourism in 1705. The Margrave Christian Ernst, former successful commander in the war
against the Turks, and today, a larger-than-life-size statue on top of the fountain in front of the New Castle, proved during his lifetime his acumen as far as transport matters were concerned.
He ensured that the first mail coach service from Nuremberg to Leipzig in 1648 travelled via Bayreuth. As a crossing of two important trade routes Bayreuth obtained an "imperial post station".
When at the beginning of the 19th century individual tourism developed more and more, the bourgeoisie found its way to Bayreuth. Real tourism however didn’t begin until the time of Richard
Wagner. In order to channel the stream of visitors for the first festival in the summer of 1876 the town appointed an official accommodation agent.
Richard Wagner remains even now the focal point of tourism in Bayreuth. There are, however, a number of reasons why tourism has become one of the most important flagships and significant economic
factors for the region. Its renown as a popular conference town was internationally widened thanks to the university. With the construction of new hotels the number of beds has almost doubled
over the past few years. With the 4,000 capacity of the multiple-purpose-hall (Oberfrankenhalle) the town has become host to many important sporting and cultural events.
The list of events
for the whole year is long: from the small district fair to a series of concerts to large open-air festivals. The
construction of the thermal baths – the Lohengrin Therme
, in immediate proximity to the baroque garden of the Eremitage,
provided a further impulse for tourism in Bayreuth.
The congress and tourism centre
of Bayreuth coordinates all tourism activities.
Opernstraße 22, 95444 Bayreuth
tel: 49 (0)921/885-88
fax: 49 (0)921/885-55
It is operated as an independent economic enterprise. The DERPART-travel agency in the city centre, the theatre box-office, the fairground and the majority of public bill-postings fall within its
remit. The office offers a range of services and activities, for example, tours of the historical Margraves sites, or weekends on the trail of famous Bayreuth personalities like Jean Paul or
Richard Wagner. As well as providing the standard promotional literature, lists of events, guides for hotels and museums, it also offers an all round service for promoters, visitors and