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?
How does ticket ordering work?
What do I wear? Is there a dress code in the Festival Hall?
How do I get to the Bayreuth Festival Hall?
What security measures are in place?
What can I do during the one-hour intermissions?
If medical attention is needed, …
Where can I eat after the show?
What can I do on days when there is no performance?
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

Extremely easy to reach by car, Bayreuth lies on the A9 connecting Munich and Berlin. If coming from the north, take the exit marked ‘Bayreuth-Nord’ and then follow the signs to the town centre (‘Stadtmitte’) or the Festspielhaus. If coming from the south, take the exit marked ‘Bayreuth-Süd’ and then follow the signs to the Festspielhaus.

Once you have reached the theatre, you will find ample municipal parking further up the hill. During the dress rehearsals and the festival the parking lots are chargeable (currently flat fee of 5,- EUR). To the north of Bayreuth the A70 connects the town with the A7 at Schweinfurt to the west and with the A3 at Würzburg.

ARRIVING BY BUS OR TRAIN

The city of Bayreuth is integrated on the railway line from Nuremberg to Dresden with the Franken-Saxonia-Express every two hours. The festival city is also connected to the ICE junction Nuremberg by regional trains every half hour. You can find further information on how to get there by train at www.bahn.de.

You can also visit Bayreuth with long-distance bus lines of various providers. The long-distance bus stops are located on the main station forecourt and in Goethestraße. All connections and information can be found at www.busliniensuche.de.

Information on bus services within the city centre can be found on the website of the local transport association.

What security measures are in place?

We recommend arriving approximately 30 minutes before the start of the performance with a valid identification document and your ticket. Admission with large bags and rucksacks is in any case forbidden. There will be possibilites to depose luggage outside of the Festival Hall. 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 an intermission; 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
info@bayreuth-tourismus.de

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