GARTENREICH DESSAU-WÖRLITZ

UNESCO World Heritage – a dream has been created

As an incomparable cultural landscape, the Gartenreich Dessau-Wörlitz stands for the harmony of nature, architecture and visual arts. It includes castles, churches and parks as well as bridges, temples, canals or grottoes. It was conceived by Prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz von Anhalt-Dessau (1740–1817) and his friend, the architect Friedrich Wilhelm von Erdmannsdorff (1736–1800).

Inspired by a trip to England, the young men made Wörlitz the beginning of a modern landscape design that was completely unknown on the European mainland. The floodplains of the Elbe and Mulde offered ideal conditions for new landscape gardens – and older gardens were also subtly included. In his 59-year reign, the prince succeeded with tolerant policies and enlightened reforms in a country beautification program that is second to none.
Centrally located in central Germany, the Gartenreich Dessau-Wörlitz stretches over 142 square kilometres between the Bauhauscity Dessau and Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The castles and gardens in Wörlitz, Oranienbaum and Dessau as well as the Sieglitzer Waldpark, but also numerous churches, wallach houses and ruins have lost none of their fascination to this day.

In 2000, the Gartenreich Dessau-Wörlitz was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Not only special buildings or varied gardens were honored, but rather a unique idea. For the UNESCO Commission, the Gartenreich is “an outstanding example of the implementation of philosophical principles of the Enlightenment in a landscape design that harmoniously combines art, education and economy”.
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Castle and castle park

Mosigkau

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Castle and castle park

Orange Tree

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Castle and Park

Wörlitz

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Park at

Sieglitzer Berg

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Castle and Park

Georgium

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Castle and Park

Luisium

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Castle and Park

Großkühnau

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