Object description:

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 1735, when Margrave Friedrich took over the government of the margraviate, he presented the Hermitage to his wife Wilhelmine.

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Japanese Cabinet
photo: Achim Bunz, Munich

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.

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Eremitage 4
95448 Bayreuth
Telephone 0921 75969-37

Limited sightseeing

In the Hermitage Old Palace only the grotto (with a demonstration of the waterworks), the inner courtyard and the Marble Hall can be visited (max. 25 people). The rooms of Margravine Wilhelmine and Margrave Friedrich are unfortunately not accessible at present.

Opening hours

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

General information on opening times and admission fees

Guided tours

Visit possible only with a guided tour. 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 fees 2022

Currently only the reduced admission price applies.
3.50 euros reduced

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

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets


May-October (every hour):
Bassin at the New Palace:
12 pm-5 pm
Lower Grotto: 12.15 pm-5.15 pm

Further information

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

Detailed information at www.bayreuth-wilhelmine.de



Pachtgaststätten und -hotels:

Café Orangerie Eremitage
Telefon 0151 24114274

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

Administrative office

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

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