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Reconfigurations in Africa - and in African Studies
30 September - 02 October 2024, Bayreuth

VAD2024 Travel and getting around in Bayreuth

About University of Bayreuth

After the decision for its founding in 1972, the University of Bayreuth began teaching and studying in 1975. Since then, the campus university of meanwhile seven faculties has developed dynamically, and is now firmly established in the Bavarian, German, and international education and research landscape.

Interdisciplinary research and teaching is the main feature of our more than 186 degree programmes offered at seven faculties in the natural sciences, food sciences, engineering, law and economics, as well as language, literature and cultural studies. The University of Bayreuth has about 12,500 students, 1,601 academic staff (274 of them professors) and 1016 non-academic employees on the campus in Bayreuth and at satellite campus in Kulmbach. This makes it one of the largest employers in the region.

Moreover, the University of Bayreuth is making its mark with research: the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence conducts cutting-edge research at an international level, the excellence of the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics – BGI is recognised worldwide, and polymer and colloid research is an innovation driver of future-oriented materials. And so, it is not surprising that the University has raised more than € 56 million in third-party funding in 2020 – making up a quarter of its annual budget.

Read more on the hosting University of Bayreuth here.


We will add a handy PDF format travel infromation here about week before the conference

Bayreuth is located in Upper Franconia in the federal state of Bavaria and is part of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region. The university is located in the south of the city and is easy to reach by public transport.

By Highway
The Bayreuth-Süd exit of the A9 motorway is closest to the university. From there you can also comfortably drive into the city centre.

The nearest train stations that can be reached by ICE (Inter City Express) are Nuremberg, Erfurt, Würzburg and Fulda. Bayreuth itself can only be reached by regional trains.

By Coach
Local Public Transport - Buses run regularly from the central train station and the Central Bus Stop (ZOH) in the city centre to the university. Line 316 runs directly between the campus and the central train station, lines 306 and 304 between the campus, ZOH and other locations.

Bus connections can be checked here.

Central Bus Stop (ZOH) offers a central starting point for all bus routes in and around Bayreuth.

Flix-Bus - with Flixbus, you can get to Bayreuth from many larger European cities. The Flixbus stop is right next to the central train station.

By Train
The central train station Bayreuth Hauptbahnhof is easy to reach from all surrounding railway stations. Tickets can be booked through Deutsche Bahn.

By Plane
The nearest airports are in Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Leipzig. Trains run regularly from there to Bayreuth.

Recommended travel agent
If you wish you can ask for assistand from a local travel agent Ms. Sabine Zeck. She can help you to find the best connection to Bayreuth.

In order to use the travel agent services, please use subject 'VAD2024 conference' and contact:
Ms. Sabine Zeck
KS & ZT Reisen
De-Bary-Str. 23
60320 Frankfurt
Tel 0049-69-50684951

About Bayreuth

Bayreuth is a city that has historically grown as a Margravial Residence and is in the meantime world famous because of the Richard Wagner Festival. It is the largest city in Upper Franconia. Today, it is a modern Economic, Congress and University City that is on it´s way to becoming a High-Tech Centre of the region. Bayreuth’s places of interest, it´s Museums and its diversity of cultural offers promises exciting days throughout the year.

Booking accommodation

Bayreuth has a variety of accommodation options available. We have a selection of hotel marked on the conference map for your convenience.

Those looking for more affordable/alternative lodgings can use peer-reviewed travel advice or accommodation sites such as, Tripadvisor, Lonely Planet etc. If you are thinking of renting a place for the week where you can do your own cooking and may-be share the costs with colleagues/family, look at or (look for Apartments in the Property type filter).

Bayreuth Tourist Information has also reserved 200 rooms for the delegates attending the conference and has graciously agreed to help our delegates to find suitable accommodation. See the form below for details. Reservation is in place until 31st of July 2024.

To use the Tourist infromation offer, please fill in the form. Once added your details, send it to reservierung(at)

hotel room rate
per night in €
  single double
**** Arvena Kongress Hotel 92 124
*** ibis Styles Bayreuth 94 114
**ibis Budget Bayreuth 82 102
B&B Hotel Bayreuth 86,50 97
Hotel Rheingold 79 101
Pension Zum Edlen Hirschen 75 -

Exploring the City

Bayreuth is one of the most beautiful cities in Bavaria. Charming palaces, historical parks, the Eremitage with its interesting grottos and water games, the Festspielhaus with its one of a kind accustic, as well as a choice of museums await the visitor in Bayreuth. Numerous music and theater festivals bring cultural enjoyment of the highest level all year round.

UNESCO World Heritage: Margravial Opera House
The Margravial Opera House is the best preserved example of a free-standing Baroque court theatre. It was modelled on the greatest opera houses of the time in Vienna and Dresden. As a unique monument of 18th-century festival and music culture it was inscribed by UNESCO in the list of World Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.

Garden-Museum Fantaisie Palace
Fantaisie Palace was begun in 1761 and completed after 1763 by Duchess Elisabeth Friederike Sophie von Württemberg, daughter of the Bayreuth Margrave Friedrich and his wife Wilhelmine. The attractive palace park combines elements from three main style epochs: Rococo, Sensibility and Historicism. The palace is the location of the first garden museum in Germany, with exhibits, displays and videos vividly recreating the history of garden design.

Old Palace Hermitage
In 1715 Margrave Georg Wilhelm built the Old Palace near the residential town of Bayreuth as the central feature of a court hermitage. In 1735, when Margrave Friedrich took over the government of the margraviate, he presented the Hermitage to his wife Wilhelmine. In the sections added by Wilhelmine to the existing gardens she introduced traditional baroque elements such as hedge gardens, pergolas and waterworks.

New Palace & Hofgarten
After the destruction of the Old Palace by fire, Joseph Saint-Pierre built the new city residence from 1753 onwards on behalf of Margrave Friedrich von Brandenburg-Bayreuth. In the impressive rooms of the small but remarkable Italian Palace, the "Bayreuth Rococo" with its preference for flower tendrils, trellis rooms and grottos in its late form comes alive here.

Festspielhaus (Richard Wagner - Bayreuther Festspiele)
A theater created for a single composer: the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. With an auditorium in which music unfolds like in no other theater in the world. Without ostentation, reduced to the essentials: the experience of his creations as a celebration.

Maisel's Beer Experience & Catacombs
At Maisel & Friends, craft meets pleasure, tradition meets innovation, and historic walls meet modern architecture and contemporary street art. Brewery - Beer store - Gastronomy - Experience tours - Beer tastings

Bars, Cafés and eating out

Most of the cafeterias, bars and restaurants are concentrated in the central part of the city. Please refer to our map for some reccommendations for eating out.

You can easily find a suitable options for you using the Google map and browsing the cafes or restaurants in your area.

Institut für Afrikastudien
Cluster of Excellence
University of Bayreuth
African Studies Library