„Here, where my troubled thoughts found rest / is this place “Wahnfried“ named at my behest.“

Richard Wagner


The Welcome Reception of the ECDA took place on Monday, March 18, at Villa Wahnfried, which is a part of the famous Richard-Wagner-Museum.

Today, the Richard Wagner Museum consists of three buildings which together combine permanent exhibitions around the life, works and influence of Richard Wagner.

From the very beginning, the Museum in Wahnfried House has been one of the most important attractions both in the city and the region for visitors from around the world, not least due to its prestigious rooms, and the permanent exhibition containing numerous exhibits drawn from the life, works and influence of Richard Wagner. Of particular interest are those originating from the City of Bayreuth’s Richard Wagner Memorial collection from 1925 that was moved in its entirety to the Richard Wagner Museum collection in Wahnfried House in 1976.  It is an outstanding cultural site, which in 2006 was granted the accolade “Place of Ideas” as part of the “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative under the patronage of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Source: https://www.wagnermuseum.de/en/

  • Haus Wahnfried, historic building © Marcus Ebener


Among other things, an (optional) visit to the brewery museum, followed by a visit to the restaurant „Liebesbier“ for the conference dinner took place on March 19.
For all the people who could not make it, the following video gives a short impression of the experience:

The Brauereimuseum (brewery museum) with its historic brick façade provides insight into the history of brewing culture. Everything still works as if the brewers and coopers had just taken their lunch break: the machine house, brewhouse, hops room and coolships. The Maisel’s Brauereimuseum already earned a spot in the Guinness Book of Records in 1988 for being the most diverse beer museum. Other highlights include two large cabinet vaults showcasing over 5,500 beer glasses and mugs, the 400 rare enamel signs from different breweries and brands of beer as well as an impressive collection of coasters.

At the end of the roughly 60-minute tour, guests can taste Franconian craft brewing at its finest in the adjacent Liebesbier pub and restaurant. Patrons are seated right in the heart of the brewery where they can watch the master brewers practice their art. 21 different beers on tap and 60 to 80 bottled beers testify to the true love for beer as well as the innovation and pioneering spirit of Franconia. The beer garden is open for guests in the summertime.

Source: www.bayreuth.de/english/sights/