Franconia and the German Danube Sights

Neues Schloss (New Palace)

  • Ludwigstr. 21 Map It
  • Bayreuth
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 04/24/2016

Fodor's Review

This glamorous 18th-century palace was built by the Margravine Wilhelmine, a woman of enormous energy and decided tastes. Though Wagner is the man most closely associated with Bayreuth, his choice of this setting is largely due to the work of this woman, who lived 100 years before him. Wilhelmine devoured books, wrote plays and operas (which she directed and, of course, acted in), and had buildings constructed, transforming much of the town and bringing it near bankruptcy. Her distinctive touch is evident at the palace, built when a mysterious fire conveniently destroyed parts of the original one. Anyone with a taste for the wilder flights of rococo decoration will love it. Some rooms have been given over to one of Europe's finest collections of faience.

Sight Information


Ludwigstr. 21, Bayreuth, Bavaria, 95410, Germany

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Sight Details:

  • Palace only €5.50, palace and "World of Wilhelmine" exhibit €12
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 9–6; Oct.–Mar., Tues.–Sun. 10–4

Published 04/24/2016


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