Oriental Building at Sanspareil Rock Garden – Wonsees

Picture: Oriental Building

On first seeing the bizarre rock formations in the beech grove not far from Zwernitz Castle a guest of Margrave Friedrich is said to have exclaimed "C'est sans pareil!" ("It has no equal!").

Between 1744 and 1748 the Oriental Building and the kitchen building opposite were constructed in this unusual natural setting from designs by the court architect Joseph St Pierre. These two buildings, which were used for festivities at the Bayreuth Court, are grouped around a sunken garden parterre, which was recreated in 1984 from a copper engraving made in 1748.

Rock Garden



»The world of Wilhelmine«

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Object information:


Sanspareil 34
96197 Wonsees
Telephone 09274 808909-11
fax 09274 808909-15

Responsible administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung
Ludwigstraße 21
95444 Bayreuth
Telefon 0921 75969-0
Fax 0921 75969-15
sgvbayreuth@ bsv.bayern.de

Opening hours

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

Park accessible all year round

General information on opening times and admission charges

Guided tours

There are guided tours (in German) on the Oriental Building every 45 minutes.

Admission charges 2016

Oriental Building:
2 euros regular
1.50 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

Further information

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

Oriental building accessible via back entrance

Franchised restaurants and hotels:


Parking space:

Car and bus parking spaces at the entrance to the park

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