Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve

The home of the Elbe beaver

The Garden Realm of Dessau-Wörlitz is elegantly embedded in the vast floodplain landscape of the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve. In the 18th century, where the Elbe and Mulde rivers form the landscape quite naturally, Prince Franz implemented his programme for the beautification of the country. In doing so, he fused culture and nature in a way that is still unparalleled today in terms of sophistication and beauty.

The Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve comprises a river and floodplain landscape on over 126,000 hectares and 300 river kilometres in five federal states. With the largest hardwood alluvial forests in Central Europe, with fields and meadows, mighty solitary trees, quiet paths and orchards, rare animals and plants, the landscape is particularly worthy of protection. As early as 1988, the area was included in the UNESCO program.

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Symbolic animal of the Biosphere Reserve

Elbe beaver

The Elbe beaver is the largest rodent in Europe. Above all, however, he is an important master builder in the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve, where he found his ideal settlement area centuries ago. Even if you won’t meet the shy rodent on a walk, you can spot its gnawing marks on many woody plants!

Tangible river landscape


Along the mighty Elbe River, the biosphere reserve can be explored on foot or by bike. Adventure trails, bird watching points, an artificial beaver castle and much more. invite you to discover the biosphere reserve on your own.

Wandern im Biosphärenreservat Mittelelbe

The floodplain paths can be walked all year round. For reasons of road safety, there may be road closures. Please inform yourself in advance:

The Kapenniederung path can be explored in a playful way with the Actionbound app. Musical, active and tricky tasks make the route a fun and informative experience for young and old.

The Elbe plays a major role all year round as a habitat and feeding area for a wide variety of bird species.

In an artificial beaver castle, you can observe the elusive rodent.

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Auenhaus Information Centre

Learn interesting facts about the protected area, the special features of the biosphere reserve and its importance as a model region for sustainable development. In short: young and old can find out more here in a modern interactive exhibition.

Biosphärenreservat Mittelelbe, Infozentrum Auenhaus

May to October
Mon to Fri 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat, Sun, holidays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

November to April
Mon to Fri 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Good Friday, Easter 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Auenhaus, Information Centre of the Biosphere Reserve Administration Middle Elbe
Am Kapenschlösschen 3
D-06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz, Germany
OT Oranienbaum
Phone +49 (0) 3 49 04.4 06 31

from/to Dessau-Roßlau or Lutherstadt Wittenberg with the WelterbeLinie Bus 304, during the season: with the Dessau-Wörlitz Eisenbahn from Dessau Main Station

The Auenhaus has been awarded the certificate “Accessibility tested” partly barrier-free for people with walking disabilities and partly barrier-free for people with visual impairments and is allowed to use the license plate from April 2023 to March 2026.

The Auenhaus can be explored in a playful way with the Actionbound app.