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General information for visitors


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.


Picture: Vase, Meißen around 1878

Information for visitors with reduced mobility

New Palace

The New Palace is accessible for wheelchairs. You will find disabled parking places in front of the building. There are a lift and a toilet for the disabled available; wheelchairs can be hired on request.

Margravial Opera House

The Opera House is accessible for wheelchairs. In the pit you will find two places reserved for wheelchair users (for the introductory film during your visit). There is a toilet for the disabled available.


To visit the Old Palace is possibly via the rear entrance and a ramp. 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

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

Plans of the palaces and gardens

Plan of the New Palace and Court Garden Bayreuth
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.

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