Schloss and palace park

Mosigkau

Little Sanssouci

With its Rococo architecture, Schloss Mosigkau is a charming unique in the far west of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom. The magnificent and yet typically restrained ensemble with palace and outbuildings as well as a garden was created from 1752.

Prince Leopold I of Anhalt-Dessau, the “Old Dessauer”, had given his favorite daughter Anna Wilhelmine of Anhalt-Dessau (1715–1780) the estates on which the castle was built as a summer residence. In contrast to representative baroque palace complexes, Mosigkau Castle was an outwardly rather reserved retreat for the art-loving prince’s daughter. Inside, all the greater splendor could unfold. Schloss Mosigkau is often referred to as “little Sanssouci”. It is one of the few surviving Rococo sites in Central Germany.

Even though Christian Friedrich Damm supervised the construction work, the designs may have come from the Prussian master builder Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff. Even the single princess, who was relieved of many duties of representation, probably helped shape the structure of the complex.

Anna Wilhelmine established a rich social life in a village setting at the gates of Dessau. In 24 rooms, the equipment is partly preserved in its original condition. The highlight is the gallery hall with magnificent specimens of Flemish and Dutch painting, which are closely embedded in recessed wall panels. On display are works by Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, among others. Probably the most famous painting is by Anthonis van Dyck and shows the childlike Wilhelm II of Orange-Nassau. Numerous portraits of Princes of Anhalt are also part of the castle’s collection.

Compared to other courtly conventions, life at Mosigkau Palace was probably rather informal. The garden played a decisive role in this. Here festivals took place, plays were performed, carousels were set up – one indulged in the hide-and-seek game in the maze. During the princess’s lifetime and completely from 1805, the Rococo park was transformed into an English landscape garden according to the ideals of Prince Franz. This resulted in the orangeries with citrus plants, some of which are over 150 years old, as well as the extensively restored Chinese House, which are positioned like gatehouses at the entrance.

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Treasures of paintings

Schloss Mosigkau

With its complete picture hangings, the collection in Mosigkau is one of the last baroque galleries. Admire the paintings of the Flemish and Dutch masters of the 17th century in an individual tour and discover the most beautiful details.

Palace Park

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

April to October
8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

December to February
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

November and March
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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

Only by appointment and for groups of 10 people or more:
from 9,00 €

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

Palace

March 16 to April 30
Sat, Sun, holidays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

1 May to 30 September
Tue-Sun, holidays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

Individual visits to the Picture Gallery and the Cabinets are possible during opening hours.

Guided tours in the palace 2:00 p.m.
Combined guided tour of the palace and park: Tue–Sat 11:00 a.m.
Family tour: Sun 11:00 a.m.

Participation in a guided tour of the castle or individual tour of the gallery hall and the cabinets
€9.00, reduced €7.00

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

Reductions
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 of charge (except gondolas, ferries, holiday program and children’s birthday parties)
Guided tour for school classes € 3.00 per person (max. 3 accompanying persons)
Guided tours for student groups (art history, history, restoration, horticulture, etc. of all universities and universities of applied sciences) € 3.00 per person (max. 1 accompanying person)

Schloss and palace park
Guided tour by appointment only (for groups of 10 people or more and guests who take part in a regular guided tour of the castle and park on one day).
from 14,00 €

3-lock card
You can choose from the palaces in Oranienbaum, Mosigkau, Luisium and the Gothic House in Wörlitz (valid for a whole season).
from 19,00 €

Schloss Mosigkau
Knobelsdorffallee 2–3
D-06847 Dessau-Roßlau
OT Mosigkau
Phone +49 (0) 3 40.50 25 57 21
schloss-mosigkau@gartenreich.de