Wörlitz Palace

A masterpiece of classicism

Park Wörlitz was only a few years old when the Palace of Wörlitz was built as its central building. From 1769 to 1773, the first purely classicist palace building on the European mainland was built. It was designed according to the latest English models by the architect Friedrich Wilhelm von Erdmannsdorff for the young Prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz von Anhalt-Dessau.

Experience history up close

All original

Anyone who enters Wörlitz Palace will be amazed.

Like the surrounding park, the country house is a journey through the world and time in miniature. Admire antique sculptures, Italian and Dutch paintings, English ceramics, chinoise rooms, the finest silk wallpapers, noble neoclassical furnishings and all kinds of technical innovations. These are the collected interests and travel impressions of Prince Franz, which reflect a unique reflection of the spirit of the Enlightenment.

Travel back in time to the 18th century – visit Wörlitz Palace!

Come on in!

What to expect

Visiting Prince Franz

guided Tours

Wörlitz Palace with its numerous treasures is only open to you as part of a guided tour. Decide for yourself whether you want to explore the representative rooms on the ground floor or climb up to the Belvedere on a guided tour. Get involved and listen to the stories from over 250 years of palace history!


The South Seas in the Garden Realm

In the mezzanine of the palace, you will find evidence of Polynesian life around 1770, which can no longer be found in the countries of origin today. Georg Forster once brought objects of everyday and representative use to Europe from his circumnavigation of the world with Captain Cook – and gave part of it to Prince Franz and his wife.

Good to know

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

1 May to 30 September
Tue to Thu, Sun, public holidays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fri and Sat 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tue to Sun, holidays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visits to the palace are only possible as part of guided tours during opening hours:

Guided tours on the ground floor (approx. one hour),
including the ballroom, dining room, Chinese rooms, private rooms of the princely couple, library
Tue–Sun Start of the last tour 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.

From the basement to the roof (about an hour)
Ground floor, upper floor, mezzanine, Belvedere
Tue to Sun 2:00 p.m.

South Seas in Wörlitz (approx. one hour)
South Seas Exhibition, Palm Hall, Belvedere
Tue to Sat 11:00 a.m.

Family tour (approx. one hour)
Sun 11:00 a.m.

The ground floor and the upper floor can be visited in separate guided tours. Feel free to ask for it!

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.

for groups of 15 persons or more
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

Guided tour of Wörlitz Palace and visit to the Gothic House

Secure your guided tour of Wörlitz Palace and send us an e-mail to info@welterbe-gartenreich.de so that groups of more than 6 people can also participate.

Only the guided tour on the ground floor is barrier-free. When purchasing a ticket, please contact us that you need barrier-free access.

Schloss Wörlitz
D-06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz
OT Stadt Wörlitz
Phone: +49 (0)34905.40 9-20

Did you know?


Wörlitz Palace has always been open to the public. In the spirit of the Enlightenment, guests were welcomed, guided through the rooms and were able to see what technical achievements the prince had brought to Anhalt-Dessau. And even today, the closets and folding beds, refrigerators, dumbwaiters and adjustable furniture surprise when presented to guests. Or would you have expected that 250 years ago a water pipe was laid through the entire structure?

Any questiones?

We are here for you!

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.