Bayreuth New Palace

Bayreuth, Germany

After the Old Palace burned down, the new town residence (Neues Schloss) for Margrave Friedrich von Brandenburg-Bayreuth was begun by Joseph Saint-Pierre in 1753. Margravine Wilhelmine had considerable influence on its final form, designing some of the rooms herself, including the Cabinet of Fragmented Mirrors and the Old Music Room with its pastel portraits of singers, actors and dancers. The Palm Room with its outstanding walnut panelling is a typical example of the Rococo style in Bayreuth.

On the ground floor of the New Palace today the museums 'Margravine Wilhelmine's Bayreuth' and 'Bayreuth Faience – Rummel Collection' with outstanding items from the Bayreuth Manufactory can be seen. The faience collection covers the whole period of production from its beginnings until 1788. The Gallery Rooms contain Dutch and German paintings from the 18th century.

The rooms of the small but remarkable Italian Palace are an impressive example of the 'Bayreuth rococo' style in its later manifestation with the flower tendrils, trellis rooms and grottos that were its typical features.

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Founded: 1753
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Emerging States (Germany)

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www.schloesser.bayern.de

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User Reviews

Justin Hardesty (3 years ago)
Very pretty place and nice to visit.
Keith Gatlin (3 years ago)
Beautiful rooms. Tour was given in German.
Melissa Gerber-Venter (3 years ago)
Do not be fooled, this place has many different areas! We thought the guided tour of Museum "Margravine Wilhelmine's Bayreuth" was it but apparently there are several rooms in other wings that can be viewed, along with a collection of miniatures. The Museum does have a really cool model of the operahouse which is interesting if you are into that kind of thing. Visit is worth-it if you get the combo ticket that includes the guided tour at the Markgräfliche Opernhaus as well. Tours at both attractions only offered in German (maybe due to the fact that we went outside of Festival time) which might be turn off for non-fluent visitors.
Rafail.A (3 years ago)
The best and silent park in Bayreuth.
Amama Bushra Jahangir (3 years ago)
The palace holds a lot of history in itself. And the beautiful fountain represents all continents which is unique.
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