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Coat of arms of Bayreuth
Coat of arms
Bayreuth is located in Germany
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Admin. regionOberfranken
DistrictUrban district
 • Lord MayorBrigitte Merk-Erbe
 • Total66.92 km2 (25.84 sq mi)
Elevation340 m (1,120 ft)
Population (2005-12-31)
 • Total73,794
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes95401 – 95448
Dialling codes0921, 09201, 09209
Vehicle registrationBT

Bayreuth is a town in northern Bavaria, Germany. It is the capital of Upper Franconia. About 74,000 people live there. Bayreuth is internationally famous for the Bayreuth Festival (German: Bayreuther Festspiele), a festival for the music of Richard Wagner. Nearby bigger cities are Coburg, Bamberg, Hof and Nuremberg. Bayreuth has a university, the University of Bayreuth.

Sights[change | change source]

Bayreuth has a lot of sights and historical buildings which are usually visited by many tourists, especially at the time of the Bayreuth Festival. You can find sights such as the New Palace (Neues Schloss), Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Eremitage, Spitalkirche, The Old Castle, Margravial Opera House, and Wahnfried. Most of the sights have been built in the 18th century and the 19th century. The most popular sight in Bayreuth is the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, which is a major opera building located north of Bayreuth.