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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 (closed at the moment due to restoration), the New Palace in the Bayreuth Rococo style and the Hermitage and Sanspareil parks still bear eloquent witness of their achievement.


Picture: Vase, Meißen around 1878

Information for visitors with reduced mobility

New Palace

Accessible for wheelchairs; disabled parking places in front of the building; lift and toilet for the disabled available; wheelchairs can be hired on request

Margravial Opera House

Due to restoration works the Opera House is closed until further notice.


To visit the Old Palace two steps are to be negotiated (for help please ring the bell marked "Kasse"). The New Palace is accessible for wheelchairs, which can also be hired on request. Most of the park is accessible for wheelchairs, with the exception of certain areas with steep paths.

Sanspareil Rock Garden/ Oriental Building/ Zwernitz Castle

Oriental Building accessible via the rear entrance; Rock Garden accessible for wheelchairs, with the exception of certain areas with steep paths; rooms in Zwernitz Castle only accessible via steps.

Plans of the palaces and gardens

New Palace and Court Garden Bayreuth
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.

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