Frequently Asked Questions

„Weißt Du, wie das wird?“

From ordering the ticket to the final applause

“May I clap after the first act of Parsifal?” This question is not covered at this point, since there is no clear answer to it. This is more a matter of specific tips which are aimed at facilitating the visit to the festival, especially for “beginners”.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Online Immediate Procurement 2019

Is it really that hard to get tickets?

No, because the establishment of online sales allows everyone who is interested an equal chance of obtaining the coveted tickets. Yes, because the number of ticket applications from all over the world exceeds the quota of available tickets many times over every year.

How does ticket ordering work?

There are two ways. Written orders for the next season will be accepted from the autumn of 2018. At the beginning of 2019 online sales start, allowing you to select and pay for tickets directly. Since there are also returns from allocations which have not been claimed, it is worthwhile paying the online shop another visit later. In addition, a box office opens on the day of the respective performance (from 10 to 12 am and 2 hours before the start of the performance). Important: admission is only guaranteed with personalised tickets purchased directly from the festivals. Purchase on the black market is prohibited and will be prosecuted; with tickets purchased in this manner, admission to the Festival Hall may be denied.

What do I wear? Is there a dress code in the Festival Hall?

There are no rules, but the festive character of the events determines guests’ outfits. By the way, the weather also determines the evening attire. Please note that temperatures in the Festival Hall rise when going up from the stalls to the gallery.

How do I get to the Bayreuth Festival Hall?

Arriving by car

Enter “Bayreuth” and “Festspielhügel” (Festival Hill) in your navigation system. Paid parking spaces above the Festival Hall are signposted in the immediate area (charge per evening: €5).

Please note: on the A9 in the direction of Hof/Dresden/Berlin in particular, road works north of Bayreuth can cause delays in your journey, so please take possible traffic jams into account when planning your trip.

What security measures are in place?

We recommend arriving approximately 30 minutes before the start of the performance with a valid identification document. You do not need much more, since admission with large bags and rucksacks is in any case forbidden. Neither sharp objects or other items that can be used as weapons nor drink bottles may be taken into the Festival Hall. The basic prohibition on items you can bring with you also applies to seat cushions (except in exceptionally medically justifiable cases – in consultation with the admittance and safety personnel). However, seat cushions can be borrowed to a limited extent from the wardrobe of the Festival Hall. Important: there are no storage facilities inside the house.

What can I do during the one-hour intermissions?

Talk about Wagner, of course. For this, it is advisable to take a walk through the park on the festival hill as well as to visit the gastronomic offerings. At the Festival Hall, the Steigenberger festival restaurant caters for the guests and there are further localities within walking distance. Performances of “Das Rheingold” and “Der fliegende Holländer” are without a break; in all other works there are two one-hour interruptions.

If medical attention is needed, ...

… please contact the reception staff at the Festival Hall. During the performances, the so-called “hill guard”, a station of the BRK (Bavarian Red Cross), is in operation near the house. If you are looking for a doctor in Bayreuth after the show, the staff of your hotel will be happy to help you.

Where can I eat after the show?

It depends on whether you visit “Das Rheingold” or “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”. In the first case, there should be no problems to find a restaurant, but if you deal with “real” Wagner length, some kitchens might already be closed. Some catering and hotel enterprises of the city of Bayreuth have also adjusted to the late wishes of the visitors. Reserving a table beforehand helps.

What can I do on days when there is no performance?

If you can’t get enough of Wagner: The festival itself offers a comprehensive supporting programme (see Discourse Bayreuth, Caesuras, Introductory Talks), and a visit to the Richard Wagner Museum (Haus Wahnfried) is also a must. Since April 2018 the Margravial Opera House (World Heritage Site) has been reopened after years of renovation – a unique jewel of Baroque theatre architecture. In and around Bayreuth, a large number of museums await their visitors.

Further information:
Tourist-Information Bayreuth
Opernstraße 22, 95444 Bayreuth
Tel.: 0921 88588
Fax: 0921 885755