In his autobiography „Mein Leben“, Wagner recalled his very first visit to Bayreuth in the summer of 1835, when he was travelling by stagecoach from Prague to Nuremberg. He must have seen the Baroque town center even then, and in 1864 read the Siebenkäs by Jean Paul, Bayreuth’s most famous poet. When looking for a place to house his life’s work in late 1870 he chanced to read about the Markgravial Opera House of Bayreuth, famed for the size of its stage. The decision in favor of Bayreuth was made on his very first visit there with Cosima on 1 February 1871. A year later, the site of the new Festspielhaus and of the Villa Wahnfried had been chosen.
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