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Am Festspielhugel, Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Bayreuth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Operas
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The Bayreuth Festpielhaus is unique: designed by Wagner himself in the style of a Greek amphitheatre for the performance of his own music dramas - these are still the only operas staged there. It opened in 1876 with the first complete performance of The Ring. Its acoustics are renowned. A tour is strongly recommended - as well as attending the... More

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West Sussex
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

It is what it is - a holy of hollies. It's no good complaining about the hard seats, the lack of ventilation, the laughable stage lighting, the hopeless seating direction signs or the dull decor. Nothing will be done to alter the Masters shrine. Just go because you have to. 13 years waiting before you get a ticket, though I... More

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Dragør, Kobenhavn, Denmark
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Once again we were lucky to get tickets for the Wagner festival i Bayreuth. We stayed at Frau Müllers and saw The Flying Dutchman. A rather good experience, good singers and the conductor Thielemann is the best these years. Next year The Ring. We hope.

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Helsinki, Finland
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98 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

It takes not only lifetimes but generations to have a first row center stalls seat in this house at July, 28 2012. Lucky me, of all the Wagner operas it was Tannhauser , a figure choosing between sensual and spiritual love. Well, what can I say? The orchestra was perfect, the chorus even better and even to the minutest details... More

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

I am so sorry to say this but this is one of the main attractions in Bayreuth and it was closed in peak Summer!! So many disappointed people outside willing to pay to go inside. For a city that is connected with Richard Wagner this is ridiculous and certainly Bayreuth was my biggest disappointment of our whole journey.

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Pleasanton, California
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11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We made a reservation for a tour. A few days before we left on our trip, the tour was canceled due to a week's closure. We were told that we would be given a tour of the grounds. When we showed up for our outside tour, no one arrived to give us the tour. We walked around by ourselves and... More

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Crowborough, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

The music and high drama are unrivalled. The facilities are also great

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

On first glance the Festspielhaus seems strange, especially when you sit into the auditorium and sit down on the awkward seats, but then when you learn about it everything makes sense. The history and the background of the theatre is absolutely amazing. To hear the stories of how Wagner did years of research simply to create an ideal theatre is... More

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75 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

The Festspielhaus is as wonderful as imagined. It has a marvellous acoustic. However all that one was told re the hardness of the seats is true and two cushions not one are advised. Given how the productions have strayed so far from the original I think the seats could be upholstered ! It is very hot when the doors are... More

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Wilmington, DE
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

The theater itself is restrained and elegant. Don't let the faux marbre fool you; it's all wood in here. That likely explains in part the world-famous acoustics. So there's understandably little enthusiasm to tinker with the interior. That means not a lot of renovation in the past century, and you'll notice this when the lights come on. Apart from the... More

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