New schedules: No trains this year to Bayreuth

New schedules: No trains this year to Bayreuth


norman lebrecht

July 21, 2015

Due to ‘essential maintenance’ on the line from Nuremburg to Bayreuth, festival goers are being obliged to dismount at Pegnitz and take a slow bus each way.

Just the ticket after a long, hot day waiting for Tristan to find resolution. See more here (auf Deutsch).

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Back to the future.


  • Simon S. says:

    Here’s the official announcement by Deutsche Bahn (in German):

    Some further background informations:

    a) It’s not true that there will be no trains to Bayreuth. First of all, this only affects the line to Nuremberg (which is, however, the most important one in connecting Bayreuth with the rest of the world) – Bayreuth has train lines in other directions, too. Second, the service interruption is not in Bayreuth itself but between Pegnitz (half way between Bayreuth and Nuremberg) and Nuremberg. So, it will be train Bayreuth-Pegnitz and bus Pegnitz-Nuremberg. Third, there will also be a (slower) train-only link to Nuremberg as the trains Nuremberg-Hof, which usually call Bayreuth, will be diverted via Bamberg and Neunmarkt-Wirsberg with connection to and from Bayreuth in Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg.

    b) Bayreuth’s train connections have always been rather lousy. Her’s why: The Bavarian railway network already was more or less done with the main lines elsewhere when Wagner decided to mount his festival in this remote backwater.

    c) And here’s the reason for the timing of the maintenance work: It’s precisely the Bavarian summer holidays, when far less commuters depend on a train link.

  • CDH says:

    Somehow cancellation of German trains never strikes me as bad news…