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A holiday paradise in Upper Franconia

The Fichtelgebirge hills with the 1051 metre high Schneeberg mountain stretch north east of Bayreuth, a convenient distance for an excursion. Scarcely any other area in Germany offers such geological and natural diversity. Active holiday-makers can walk, climb or ski (downhill and cross-country). Wellness fans can relax in one of the many spas.

Castle Zwernitz - H4 Hotel Residenzschloss Bayreuth - Official website

Castle Zwernitz

To the west of Bayreuth, the late Romantic castle Zwernitz is worth a visit. The castle complex, which is over 800 years old, has been beautifully restored. Extensive views of Franconian Switzerland open out from the castle keep. Inside, a museum tells the story of the castle. In addition, you can also view contemporary weapons and furniture.

The rock garden Sanspareil lies directly under the castle. In the middle of the 18th century, a landscape garden in the English style was created around the unusual rock formations.

Take advantage of our proximity to the Czech Republic and discover Karlovy Vary, or Carlsbad in English. with a grand total of 15 mineral springs. This is where you will also find the impressive Russian Orthodox St Peter and Paul church, with its blue-golden onion domes.

Places of interest near the H4 Hotel Residenzschloss Bayreuth

Green Hill - H4 Hotel Residenzschloss Bayreuth

Up on the “Green Hill”

There is no other musical theatre in Germany which hosts performances on so few days - from the 25th of July to the 28th of August every year - yet is of such great importance internationally. It was Richard Wagner’s initiative which led to the construction of a “Theatrical Festival” between 1872 and 1875 which is now a major attraction for visitors from all over the world.

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Baroque theatre - H4 Hotel Residenzschloss Bayreuth

Baroque theatre

As one of the few remaining intact theatre buildings from the 18th century, the opera house, which also acted as the backdrop for the film “Farinelli”, has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2012.

The magnificent interior, which is an artistic memorial created by the Margrave Friedrich and his wife Wilhelmine, is still impressive today.

Eremitage - H4 Hotel Residenzschloss Bayreuth


Just like the New Castle, the Eremitage park bears the design hallmarks of Margavine Wilhelmine of Bayreuth. The patron of the arts had the Old Castle’s original garden extended to include groves, avenues and water features.

The parks developed their current landscape character during the Romantic period. This gave rise to a gem which combines nature and history to form a unique canvas.

Franz-Liszt-Museum - H4 Hotel Residenzschloss Bayreuth


Often in the shadow of his even more illustrious son-in-law Richard Wagner, the musical heritage of Bayreuth would not be complete without Franz Liszt.

Located beside the Villa Wahnfried, the Franz Liszt Museum today houses pictures, letters and personal items as a memorial to the much-travelled composer, who died here in 1886.

Richard Wagner - H4 Hotel Residenzschloss Bayreuth

At home with the Wagner family

Much has been written about Richard Wagner, some of it mysterious. If you want to form your own impression of the man and the composer, Villa Wahnfried can offer a deep insight. On the ground floor of the former Wagner family home, there is a permanent exhibition with original exhibits, and special temporary exhibitions on the second floor complete the picture of Wagner.

Cellar under Bayreuth - H4 Hotel Residenzschloss Bayreuth

Cellar under Bayreuth

Climb down into Bayreuth’s cool underworld! The master brewers of Bayreuth have been maturing their beer in barrels for over a hundred years here, where ores have been mined since the 16th century.

On a beer tour through the catacombs of the AKTIEN brewery, you will pick up a lot of fascinating details from the history of the town and the brewery.

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