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Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm Travel Guide

Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm (© LianeM -
English Gardens, Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm.


Created in the 18th century by Duke Leopold III of Anhalt-Dessau, the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz is one of the first and largest English parks in continental Europe. Spreading on 142 km² within the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve, the whole complex comprises six palaces, four of which in Dessau itself.


Wörlitzer Park itself lies 16 km east of Dessau, in the meadow landscape of the rivers Elbe and Mulde. Laid out between 1769 and 1773, it covers 112 ha of pristine gardens dotted with replicas of Greco-Roman temples and Gothic Revival buildings.

Within the park, Wörlitz Palace was the first Neoclassical building in present-day Germany. A few km to the south, the Dutch Baroque Oranienbaum Palace was constructed in the late 1600s in honour to the alliance between Anhalt-Dessau and the Netherlands.

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Opening Hours & Admission

Wörlitz Park is open all the time and admission is free. Guided tours of the park cost 5 € for adults and 3 € for students and children (+1 € for ferries).

Gondola rides (45 min.) on Lake Wörlitz and the surrounding canals can be arranged between April and October from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (11:00 am to 4:00 pm in April and October). They cost 7 € for adults, 6 € for students, and 5 € for children.

All the castles below are open daily (except Mondays) from April to October, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (till 5:00 pm in April and October). Various combined tickets and group discounts are available. Visit the official website for more information.

  • Admission to Wörlitz Castle is 5 € for adults, 3.5 € for students, and 1.5 € for children.
  • Admission to Oranienbaum Palace is 8 € for adults, 5 € for students, and 3 € for children.
  • Admission to Mosigkau Palace is 5 € for adults, 3.5 € for students, and 1.5 € for children.
  • Admission to Luisium Palace is 5 € for adults, 3.5 € for students, and 1 € for children.
  • Admission to Island "Stein" with Villa Hamilton is 4 € for adults, 3 € for students, and 1.5 € for children.
Schloss Wörlitz, Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm (photo by Nikater - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence)
Schloss Wörlitz, Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm.

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