Bayreuth (pronounced by-ROYT), 40 mi/65 km northeast of Nuremberg, is, in many people's minds, synonymous with the composer Richard Wagner. Every year, beginning in late July, this historic town hosts the Wagner Festival, during which a selection of the composer's operas are performed in the spectacular Wagner Festival Hall. Reservations (in writing only) should be made well in advance; it usually takes years to get a ticket, which are allocated by lottery.

While there, you can also visit Wagner's home and grave, as well as countless shrines related to his life. Bayreuth also has a beautiful opera house that was built between 1745 and 1748 in rococo style. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012.

About 3 mi/5 km west of Bayreuth is the baroque Eremitage park, a beautiful, 18th-century summer castle with magnificent gardens.

The central train station offers connections to Nuremberg (45 minutes).

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