Bayreuth is a good place to just let the good times roll. The city has more pastry and butcher shops per capita than any other place in the world.
During your visit, it is well worth your while to follow the seducing smells of the local pastry shops and discover local specialties, such as anise pretzels, egg rings, fried and other yummy pastries that are baked in butter fat and dusted with powdered sugar – simply irresistible! Also a dream is the Bayreuth “Pfeffernüssla,” gingerbread cookie. The latter is so good, the famous poet Jean Paul (1763-1825) had them shipped everywhere he went. Still in use since Jean Paul’s time are the wooden cookie forms, in all their shapes and sizes. You can see them used at the Lang Bakery to make the “Pfeffernüssla.”
Centuries of Beer Brewing Traditions
Bayreuth is a well-known beer town. Already in 1623 AD there were 83 breweries mentioned in the city chronicles. Today, the number isn’t quite that large anymore, but Bayreuth’s four modern-day breweries are nonetheless pillars of Franconian beer brewing heritage.
One of those breweries is the “Brauerei Gebr. Maisel,” the leading wheat beer brewery in all of Germany. The brewery also gave the city the “Maisel’s Brewery and Cooperage Museum.” The museum is the most comprehensive beer museum in the world and as such it is even listed in the “Guinness Book of Records.” The true extent of its expansiveness can be experienced on a guided tour and a beer tasting. Many of Bayreuth’s guided tours and events center around the city’s beer brewing traditions: There is, for example, a multi-day “Brewmeister Tour,” or the “Bayreuth Bier Triathlon” where competitors are judged for their skills in beer pouring, lifting and drinking.
This guided tour is for gourmets. Explore Bayreuth’s culinary delicacies: tasty beers and fine bakery goods.
Underneath the “Bayreuther Bierbrauerei AG” is a centuries-old system of tunnels and rock cellars that stretches for kilometers. These tunnels were dug into the sandstone presumably from the 15th to the 19th century. The tunnels and rooms were used for storage and as beer cellars but also served as refuges. Today, you can visit this underworld as part of an underground museum providing interesting facts, strange artifacts, and anything to do with beer. Take a guided tour and sample the beer.