Palaces > Bayreuth > Hermitage

Object description:

Hermitage Old Palace
Marble Hall
Chinese-style Mirror Cabinet

Hermitage Old Palace – Bayreuth

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.

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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Hermitage Court Garden
Hermitage New Palace


Eremitage 4
95448 Bayreuth
0921 75969-37

Opening hours

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

Guided tour only

General information on opening times and admission fees

Guided tours

A visit is only possible with a guided tour; there are tours (in German) every 45 minutes (duration approx. 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 2024

4.50 euros regular
3.50 euros reduced

Combination ticket
"The world of Wilhelmine"
(all Bayreuth objects)
18 euros regular
16 euros reduced

Children under 18 are admitted free of charge.

General tariff regulations (excerpt)

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets



May-October (every hour):
Bassin at the New Palace: 10 am-5 pm
Lower Grotto: 10.15 am-5.15 pm

Getting here / parking


Bus to ‘Eremitage’ or to ‘Ochsenhut’

Car and bus parking spaces at the entrance to the park

Further information

Event rooms at Hermitage Old Palace

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)


Orangerie Schlosscafé & Events Eremitage
0152 34150900
Montag Ruhetag/
closed on Mondays

Administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung
Ludwigstraße 21
95444 Bayreuth
0921 75969-0
Fax 0921 75969-15

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