Margravial Opera House – Bayreuth

Picture: Margravial Opera House

The Opera House, built between 1746 and 1750, is one of the few remaining 18th-century theatre buildings in europe. The interior of this theatre with its tiers of boxes, made entirely of wood, was designed by Guiseppe Galli Bibiena from Bologna, the most important theatre architect of his day.

The Margravial Opera House was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2012.

Picture: Interior

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Margravine Wilhelmine, a sister of Friedrich der Große (Frederick the Great), was very involved in the theatre, writing plays, composing and acting, and was director of the court opera from 1737.



»The world of Wilhelmine«


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Object information:


Opernstraße 14
95444 Bayreuth
Telephone (09 21) 7 59 69-22
fax (09 21) 7 59 69-32

Responsible administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung
Ludwigstraße 21
95444 Bayreuth
Telefon (09 21) 7 59 69-0
Fax (09 21) 7 59 69-15
E-Mail sgvbayreuth@
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Information Centre
World Heritage Site Margravial Opera House Bayreuth

To ensure the preservation of the Margravial Opera House, the Bavarian Palace Department is currently comprehensively restoring this Bayreuth World Heritage site. However, there is still an opportunity for visitors to see the opera house while the work is in progress. An information centre that has been set up in the foyer building illustrates the various features of the interior and shows how it is being preserved for future generations. The auditorium itself will however remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future.


Opening hours of the information centre

April-September: 9 m-6 pm
October-March: 10 am-4 pm
open daily

Closed on:
1.1., Shrove Tuesday, 24.12., 25.12., 31.12.

Admission charges of the information centre 

2.50 euros regular
2 euros reduced internal link

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

Annual season tickets /

All opening hours and admission charges at a glance (PDF-file)

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Information for the disabled: notes for the disabled, Museums under different administration: further museums, Franchised restaurants and hotels: restaurants…


Information for the disabled:

Accessible for wheelchair; parking spaces available for the disabled



Franchised restaurants and hotels:

Café an der Oper
Tel. (09 21) 5 07 14 21
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Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Bus to "Luitpoldplatz"

Parking space:

Underground car park with costs (P7 or P 13 – behind the Opera House) 

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