City, palace and palace garden

The Oranienbaum palace complex immediately impresses with its size. But it is the whole place that is a fascinating testimony to the Baroque – laid out according to an ideal geometric design in perfect symmetry. An impressive central axis runs through the small town, connects the market square and the palace grounds and makes its way far beyond the boundaries of the place into the Garden Realm.


How Holland and China came to Anhalt

It is from her that the current name of the town of Oranienbaum originates: Henriette Catharina, Princess of Oranien-Nassau. Here, far from home, the Orange princess created her own little Holland after her marriage to Prince Johann Georg II of Anhalt. Chosen as a summer and later widow’s residence, the former village of Nischwitz was transformed into a sprawling baroque complex by the Dutch architect Cornelis Ryckwaert.

About a century later, Prince Franz incorporated his ancestor’s layout into the beautification of his principality according to the English model – today’s Garden Realm. He subtly interweaves the baroque ensemble with the surrounding landscape and redesigned part of the baroque palace park into an Anglo-Chinese garden according to the latest fashion.


the Palace

Lots to discover

Oranienbaum Palace

Oranienbaum Palace can be visited as part of a guided tour. Discover sumptuous leather wallpapers and Delft tiles, colourful imagery of chinois rooms and more! The fact that the house is currently being restored is a real stroke of luck for you: When else can you take part in such an exciting process?


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Three exhibitions currently have interesting facts about Oranienbaum in store for you. Would you like to learn more about the palace through the centuries? Are you interested in the cultivation of oranges? Or did not yet know how important tobacco cultivation was for the place? Then you can be curious.

Information for your visit

16. März bis 30. April
Sat, Sun, holidays 10:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m.

1. Mai bis 30. September
-Sun, holidays 10:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m.

1 October to 31 October
Sat, Sun, holidays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The guided tours take place seasonally during the regular opening hours:

Guided tours of the palace: 10:00, 12:00 a. m. and 1:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p. m.
Family tour: Sun 11:00 a.m.

A palace tells the story of what it’s made of.

Over the centuries, Oranienbaum Palace has become a stone witness to various eras, traces of which are still visible today. Explore the exhibition individually and learn more about the history of the historic site.

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From 1693 onwards, Henriette Catharina established tobacco production in Oranienbaum. Most of the Oranienbaum families had their share in cultivation and processing, which helped the village to flourish. Based on the so-called tobacco colleges of the 17th century, there is now a permanent exhibition on this topic in the northern pavilion of Oranienbaum Palace.

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Houses for plant treasures

In the summer months, when the valuable plants adorn the palace park, you can find out about the cultivation, history and importance of the citrus family in the Garden Realmof Dessau-Wörlitz in the Orangery.

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Participation in a guided tour of the palace
€ 9.00, concessions € 7.00
Children up to 16 years of age accompanied by an adult free of charge

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

Exhibition Zeit(ge)schichten
6.00, reduced € 5.00

für Gruppen ab 15 Personen
Students up to 25 years, trainees, unemployed, severely disabled (accompanying person free), holders of volunteer cards of the city of Dessau-Roßlau

Other conditions
Guided tour for school classes (max. 3 accompanying persons) and
Guided tours for groups of students (max. 1 accompanying person, art history, history, restoration, horticulture, etc. of all universities and universities of applied sciences) € 3.00 per person

Oranienbaum Palace
Schloßstrasse 9a
D-06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz, Germany
OT Oranienbaum
Phone +49 (0) 34904.20259


town and palace park

For strolling

Palace Park and Anglo-Chinese Garden

A wide geometric parterre opens up behind the baroque palace ensemble like a green carpet and invites you to take a leisurely stroll. The intricate Anglo-Chinese area of the palace garden is unique: today you can only find such a garden in Oranienbaum in Germany!

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

May to September
Mon to 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 to 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.

The guided tours of the palace park last about 50 minutes and include a visit to the Chinese House.

16 March to 30 April, October
Sat, holidays 11:00 am and Sat, Sun, holidays 2:00 pm

1 May to 30 September
Tue–Sat 11:00 a.m. and Tue–Sun 2:00 p.m.

€ 9.00, concessions € 7.00

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

The pagoda is only open on special occasions. The next dates can be found in our event calendar.

A look inside the Chinese House can be taken as part of the regular park tours. Further dates and special themed tours can be found in our event calendar.

The palace garden can be explored in a playful way with the Actionbound app. Active and tricky tasks make a visit to the park a fun and informative experience for young and old.


Baroque city

Oranienbaum is rightly proud of its baroque origins. It was Henriette Catharina who brought Dutch flair and great art to the small village from 1693 onwards by redesigning the place and helped Oranienbaum to flourish. Learn more about 350 years of fascinating town history!

We are happy to organize guided tours of Oranienbaum for groups on request to info@welterbe-gartenreich.de.

1 hour to 15 people
€ 75.00, each additional person € 5.00

2 hours (city + palce park) up to 15 people
€ 105.00, each additional person € 7.00

Children up to 16 years free

Even today, elegant factory owners’ villas, farmsteads, tobacco factories and the original baroque ensemble of castle, palace park and town bear witness to Oranienbaum’s 350-year history.

Along the monument trail, you can follow them in a playful way – signs with the special details are attached to the house facades.

You can also visit the baroque town church: on an elliptical ground plan, the church from 1712 forms the crowning glory of the Oranienbaum urban ensemble.

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Stadt Oranienbaum-Wörlitz
Franzstraße 1
D-06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz, Germany
OT Oranienbaum
Phone +49 (0)34904.32100

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Did you know?

Oranges over oranges

A fine fragrance envelops the small village of Oranienbaum in the summer months. Why? The solution to the riddle is hidden in the palace park: hundreds and hundreds of orange and citrus trees stand here in rows, their blossoms exude a sweet aroma, their fruits shine in the most beautiful tones. Yes, in Oranienbaum the place name says it all.

The orange tree is the symbol of the House of Oranien. And Henriette Catharina brought them with her to her new home. Even today, the city’s coat of arms is adorned with an orange tree and the market square is adorned with a wrought-iron tree with nine golden oranges.


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Gartenreich Dessau-Wörlitz


in the Küchengebäude beside Schloss Wörlitz
Kirchgasse 35, D-06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz
Phone +49 (0) 3 49 05.3 10 09

Opening hours 2024

January to 15 March, November, December:
Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

16 March to 31 October:
Monday to Thursday, Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.