The hermitage, an historic park just outside the city, was a refuge from court life. Among other things, it houses the Old Castle with its Inner Grotto, which was built in 1715 as the centre of a hermitage, by Margrave Georg Wilhelm. From 1735 onwards, Margravine Wilhelmine expanded the building into a summer palace with a magnificent interior. The Japanese Cabinet, the Music Room and the Chinese Mirror Shard Cabinet, in which Wilhelmine wrote her memoirs, deserve a special mention. The Hermitage also includes its picturesque fountains and a fairytale-like orangery with the central sun temple, crowned by Apollo, the god of the Muses. Every summer, the Hermitage acts as the setting for the Bayreuth Summer Night Festival, one of the most beautiful and romantic festivals in Franconia.
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