The Opera House in Bayreuth, with passersby and students in the foreground, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Opera House© Flickr/Sanjar Khaksar

Lots of nature, a historic downtown and short distances – Bayreuth offers everything a student’s heart desires. With its interdisciplinary orientation, the university is popular among students from around the world.

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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 Bavarians 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 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.

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. The university plays a decisive role in forging partnerships between academia and business. Many cooperate with the university and take advantage of its global networks. For example, the university is home to the Fraunhofer Project Group Process Innovation and the Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering. The is located in the Wolfsbach quarter of Bayreuth.


The university is located south of downtown Bayreuth. The campus is situated around the former “parade grounds” and offers numerous opportunities to find a quiet place to study. Since all of the faculties are so close together, you will quickly come in contact and get to know students from other departments.

You can reach campus easily on foot or by bus. 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. Unfortunately, you’ll need nerves of steel if you take your bike. The biking paths are somewhat chaotic and not extensively developed.

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. The furnishings at “Heimathafen“ (Kanzleistrasse 2) exude a 1970s retro-charm, and the “Plektrum” at Moritzhöfen 29 is especially popular among students for its large beer garden and billiard tables.

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.

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