74,048 Inhabitants ¹

13,197 Students ²

2 Higher education institutions ²


Bayreuth is located in northern Bavaria in the region of Franconia. Some say that the inhabitants of this region are reserved and aloof, but you’ll soon discover that Franconians are nothing of the sort. They are very cordial and provide their guests with a warm welcome.

Bayreuth is idyllically situated on the Roter Main River in a valley surrounded by rolling hills. Its numerous parks and greens make Bayreuth a very green city. Unfortunately, many of the historic buildings downtown were destroyed during World War II or demolished in the following years, but the more recently constructed buildings also exude a charm of their own.

If you ever read up on Bayreuth, it won’t take long until you run across the name of the famous composer Richard Wagner. Wagner came to Bayreuth in 1872 to fulfil his dream of building a performance venue solely dedicated to his operas. In this tradition, Bayreuth hosts an opera festival every July and August. The „Markgräfliche Opernhaus“ downtown is also quite famous. The UNESCO added it to the list of World Heritage Site in 2012. Along with the Wagner festival house and the Markgräfliches Opernhaus, another popular tourist attraction is the Hermitage, a large park in the St. Johannis district.


Pay a visit to a local pub and enjoy the atmosphere of the city. They are the kind of place where you can easily strike up a conversation with the locals who can tell you what you should see in town.

Bayreuth attracts numerous companies thanks to the international orientation of its university. For years the city has been actively promoting this trend, for example, with incentives for the logistics sector. Bayreuth is also home to the and the . Additionally, the is located in the city of Bayreuth.



During breaks, students often walk downtown to grab a coffee or just chill for a while. In fact, most places in Bayreuth are in walking distance. Public transportation is well accessible too.

Roundabout 13,000 students strongly shape daily life in Bayreuth. You won’t have to look very long to find a quaint café or pub downtown where you can meet other students.


If you don’t find the hills of Bayreuth daunting enough, you can spend one of your free days hiking through Franconian Switzerland or the Fichtel Mountains. Both mountain ranges are easily accessible and interspersed with numerous hiking trails. Franconian Switzerland is well-known for its bizarre cliff formations and numerous castles. It’s a popular week-end destination for mountain climbers.

How to find a room in Bayreuth

Many university and college towns have dormitories or student halls, and a room there is often the most affordable accommodation. To obtain a room in a dormitory or student hall, you have to apply to your college or university’s student union (). Our ‘Find Student Hall’ function can be of practical help. You only need to make a few mouse clicks to get to the online application form. Find a room and more information about dormitories and student halls in Bayreuth.




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