Hermitage Old Palace – Bayreuth

Picture: Hermitage Old Palace

In 1715 Margrave Georg Wilhelm built the Old Palace near the residential town of Bayreuth as the central feature of a court hermitage. In 1753, when Margrave Friedrich took over the government of the margraviate, he presented the Hermitage to his wife Wilhelmine.

Picture: Japanese Cabinet external link

Japanese Cabinet

Fascinated by this unique complex, the margravine immediately began enlarging it, first adding new rooms to the Old Palace including a Music Room, a Japanese Cabinet and the Chinese Mirror Cabinet, in which she wrote her celebrated memoirs.

Between 1743 and 1745 various buildings and fountains such as the Ruined Theatre and the Lower Grotto with the hermitage of Margrave Friedrich were produced from designs by Joseph St Pierre. The New Palace and the Upper Grotto were built from 1749 to 1753. In the sections added by Wilhelmine to the existing gardens she introduced traditional baroque elements such as hedge gardens, pergolas and waterworks. Created in an era when there were no gardens of this type at all in Germany, the Hermitage is thus unique amongst the gardens of the 18th century.

Hermitage Court Garden



»The world of Wilhelmine«

The following rooms are available for your events:

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Object information:


Eremitage 4
95448 Bayreuth
Telephone (09 21) 7 59 69-37
fax  (09 21) 7 59 69-87

Responsible administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung
Ludwigstraße 21
95444 Bayreuth
Telefon (09 21) 7 59 69-0
Fax (09 21) 7 59 69-15
sgvbayreuth@ bsv.bayern.de

Opening hours

April-September: 9 am-6 pm
1-15 October: 10 am-4 pm
open daily
closed 16 October-30 March

Guided tours

There are tours (in German) every 45 minutes:
April-September from 9 am
(last guided tour: 5.15 pm)
1-15 October from 10 am
(last guided tour: 3.15 pm)

Admission charges 2015

4.50 euros regular
3.50 euros reduced

Combination ticket
"The world of Wilhelmine"
(all Bayreuth objects)
12 euros regular
10 euros reduced

Annual season tickets/

All opening hours and admission charges at a glance


May-October (every hour):
Bassin at the New Palace:
10 am-6 pm
Lower Grotto: 10.15 am-5.15 pm

Further information

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

Palaces accessible for wheelchair users; wheelchairs can be hired on request. Most of the park is accessible for wheelchair users, with the exception of certain areas with steep paths.



Franchised restaurants and hotels:

Hotel-Restaurant Orangerie
Tel. (09 21) 79 99 70

Café Orangerie, Neues Schloss Eremitage
Tel. (09 21) 79 99 70

Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Bus to "Eremitage" or to "Ochsenhut"

Parking space:

Car and bus parking spaces at the entrance to the park

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