Getting Tickets for the Bayreuth Wagner Festival

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Tickets for the Bayreuth (Bayreuth vacation rentals | Bayreuth travel guide) Wagner Festival (Bayreuther Festspiele) held each summer in Bavaria, Germany are difficult to buy. The process for obtaining tickets is slow and inefficient – no internet reservations with instant online confirmations are possible. Getting tickets to the Bayreuther Festspiele through official channels can take up to ten years. Package deals including tickets to a Richard Wagner opera and hotel accommodation in Bayreuth are much easier to arrange but not cheap. Purely black market tickets are best avoided.

Getting Tickets for the Bayreuth Wagner Festival

The process for buying tickets to the annual Bayreuther Festspiele in Germany is simple if a bit laborious and slow. Richard Wagner lovers keen to attend the opera festival held each summer in Bayreuth should write to the Bayreuther Festspiele organizers requesting a ticket application form. Return the completed form by mid-October the year preceding the festival and wait. The mailing address for application forms for tickets to the Bayreuther Festspiele is: Kartenbüro, Postfach 10 02 62, 95402 Bayreuth, Germany. Email and fax applications or correspondence are not accepted. Phone enquiries are possible weekdays between 11 am and noon at +49 921 78780. Prices for normal Bayreuther Festspiele tickets range from around €100 to €300. True music lovers can buy Wagner festival tickets for as cheap as €8 for a few seats without any stage views.

The average wait for first time applicants to obtain tickets to the Wagner festival is around 10 years. New application forms for the following year is automatically sent to people who applied for tickets but were unsuccessful – return the forms each year to slowly crawl up the waiting list. Being famous helps enormously to speed up the process – cabinet ministers, whether German or not, seldom have trouble getting tickets to Bayreuth.

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Location: Festspielhügel 1 95445 Bayreuth, Germany

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