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Coat of arms of Bayreuth
Bayreuth is located in Germany
Coordinates 49°56′53″N 11°34′42″E / 49.94806°N 11.57833°E / 49.94806; 11.57833
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Upper Franconia
District Urban district
Lord Mayor Michael Hohl (CSU)
Basic statistics
Area 66.92 km2 (25.84 sq mi)
Elevation 340 m  (1116 ft)
Population 73,794  (31 December 2005)
 - Density 1,103 /km2 (2,856 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate BT
Postal codes 95401 – 95448
Area codes 0921, 09201, 09209

Bayreuth is a town in northern Bavaria, Germany. It is in in the south of Franconia. 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 Nürnberg. Bayreuth has a university, the University of Bayreuth.


Bayreuth has a lot of sights and historical buildings that 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.