Wednesday, October 17 - Side trip to Bayreuth

We left early again by bus to visit Bayreuth. We went first to Wagner's Festspielhaus where we met our guide for the day., Baerbel Zoeller. She took us into the Festspielhaus and behind the scenes as well. The orchestra pit is huge and completely under the stage. Then we went into town to a park which holds Wagner's house, now a museum, and his grave and that of his dog. Enough!

Then we went into the center of the old town to a square with the palace of Margravine Wilhelmina, daughter of the King of Prussia and sister of Frederick the Great. She married the Margrave and made Bayreuth a place of importance. We went down the street to visit the Opera house she built in 1746 and which was so famous it attracted Wagner to build his Festspielhaus there.

After that we went to the Restaurant Oscar for lunch and then back to the bus for a visit to the Hermitage Palace. This is the leisure palace of wilhelmina and is colocated on a very large park-like tract outside town.

After parking we saw the Oriental Pavilion before walking to the Hermitage Palace. There is a botanical garden across the road from the palace and a formal garden on the other side. Very impressive. After that we drove back to Bamberg where we had a free night for dinner. We went into the city with the Movitzs and looked for restaurants for a while but ended up going back to the Restaurant Hofbrau again for an enjoyable dinner.

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