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Portrait of Prince Franz of Anhalt-Dessau (1740-1811)
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Gothic House at Wörlitz, c. 1800
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Gondola tour along Wolf’s Canal
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The birth of the Garden Kingdom

»It is now infinitely beautiful here. I was very moved last night as we strolled through the lakes, canals and woods by how the gods have allowed the Prince to create a dream around himself…«. Letter by Goethe to Charlotte von Stein (1778)

UNESCO World Heritage Site

…of outstanding universal value

In 2000, the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee justified its inscription as follows: »The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz is an outstanding example of the application of the philosophical principles of the Age of the Enlightenment to the design of a landscape that integrates art, education and economy in a harmonious whole.«


Palaces and gardens

Palaces, gardens and countless smaller structures are embedded in this unrivalled cultural landscape. Meadows, woods, dykes, lakes and rivers invite the visitor for walks, bicycle tours, horse riding, gondola trips and ferry rides!



Kulturstiftung Dessau-Wörlitz
Interimsanschrift: Ernst-Zindel-Str. 8
06847 Dessau-Roßlau
+ 49(0)3 40 / 6 46 15-0