Schloss and Schlosspark

Oranienbaum

An impressive baroque ensemble

Oranienbaum Castle and Palace Park characterize the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz with baroque splendor, Dutch character and charming reminiscences of distant China.

The outstanding complex is older than the classicist Wörlitz complexes and was built at the end of the 17th century.
The client was Henriette Catharina of Oranien-Nassau (1637-1708), who came from Holland and married prince Johann Georg II of Anhalt-Dessau (1627-1693). For Anhalt, which was impoverished after the Thirty Years’ War, this connection was a great gain. While the princely couple had first stayed at the Brandenburg court and in Berlin, they finally moved to Anhalt in 1667 and designated Nischwitz as the site of a future castle. The architect Cornelis Ryckwaert, who comes from the princess’s homeland, was commissioned with the construction. Construction work began in 1683, and by 1673 the village had been named after the princess’s ancestral home: Oranienbaum.

Initially, the castle was conceived only as a summer residence, but after the death of the prince it became henriette Catharina’s permanent widow’s residence. Following the ideal of baroque order based on the Dutch model, a 28-hectare castle garden and an entire city were also created. The castle in the style of a French three-wing complex housed magnificently furnished interiors with leather wallpaper, faiences and paintings. Today, the tile cellar (summer dining room), the leather wallpaper hall and the mirror crystal hall bear witness to the former splendour.

Prince Franz gave the ensemble its own character by having the baroque island garden converted into an Anglo-Chinese garden – the only surviving one of its kind in Germany. Its architectural highlights are the elaborately restored Chinese Tea House and a towering pagoda. The elongated orangery of the castle, designed by Carlo Ignazio Pozzi, was also built in 1812. Since then, Mediterranean citrus fruits have thrived there, enriching the castle park in summer.

The restoration of the palace complex is a huge project for decades. But a visit to the castle is already a must for visitors. The leather wallpaper hall and the northern pavilion shine in new splendour. In 2014, a “tobacco collegium” was set up in this part of the castle, which is used as a kitchen building with its original black kitchen. It is a reminder that in the 1690s, Henriette Catharina granted a farmer the privilege of growing tobacco, thus initiating a long tradition of cigar production.

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Oranienbaum Castle

Between Baroque and Chinese ambience

Learn what Brought Holland, baroque and Chinese art to Orange tree during a guided tour. Immerse yourself in the 16th century and experience the extraordinary charm of unadulterated authenticity.

Castle Park

with English-Chinese garden

The park is open all year round and is accessible free of charge. Please note the evening closing times.

May to September: Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sat, Sun, holidays 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

October to April: Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sat, Sun, holidays 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In the event of weather events, closures may take place at short notice. There is a limited winter service.

8,50 € (only by appointment, for groups of 10 people or more)

Guided tours outside opening hours are possible by appointment at special conditions.

Schloss Oranienbaum

with pre-registration

19 March to 30 April: Sat, Sun, holidays 10:00 – 17:00

1 May to 30 September: Tue-Sun, holidays 10:00-17:00

1 October to 06 November: Sat, Sun, holidays 10:00 – 17:00

Adult: 8,50 €
reduced: 6,50 €
Photo permission: 3,00 €

The visit of the castle is only possible as part of a guided tour. (last guided tour one hour before closing)
Guided tours outside opening hours are possible by appointment at special conditions.

Discounts

  • for groups of 15 people or more
  • Students up to 25 years, trainees, unemployed, severely disabled (accompanying person free), holders of volunteer cards of the city of Dessau-Roßlau
  • Children up to 16 years accompanied by an adult free (except gondolas, ferries, holiday program and children’s birthday parties)
  • Guided tour for student groups 1,50 € p. P. (max. 3 accompanying persons)

Castle and castle park: 13,00 € guided tour only by appointment (for groups of 10 people or more)

3-castle card: 19,00 €, You can choose from the castles in Wörlitz, Oranienbaum, Mosigkau and the Luisium. (valid for a whole season)

Oranienbaum Castle
Schloßstrasse 9a
D-06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz, Germany
OT Orange Tree
Phone +49 (0) 34904.20259
schloss-oranienbaum@gartenreich.de

Interessengemeinschaft
Stadtinformation Oranienbaum e. V.
Schloßstrasse 17
D-06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz, Germany
OT Orange Tree
Phone +49 (0) 34904.22520
stadtinfo@oranienbaum.de
www.oranienbaum.de