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.
Bayreuth Opera House
Opened in 1875, the Bayreuth Opera House on the green hill in this Upper Franconian city is one of the largest operatic stages in the world and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012 and attracts an international audience every year to the famous Richard Wagner Festivals.
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.
In Villa Wahnfried, where he lived with his wife Cosima until his death, Richard Wagner completed the Ring of the Nibelung. Today his former house contains a Wagner museum.