The first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking about Bayreuth is Richard Wagner and the Festival Theater on the Green Hill. Yet Bayreuth’s reputation as international art center began much earlier, in the middle of the 18th century, with the Prussian king’s daughter.


Wilhelmine was the wife of the Margrave of Bayreuth and she distinguished herself as a progressive and tolerant art sponsor. She herself composed music, wrote her own memoirs, and enjoyed the company of some of the most brilliant minds of her time.