Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz, Worlitz

#2 of 40 in Parks in Saxony-Anhalt
Must see · World heritage site · Park · Historic Site
Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz, a 142 sq km (55 sq mi) garden of "orderly wilderness" influenced by Enlightenment ideals of order and rationality, was built after two buddies' late-18th-century road trip. Duke Leopold III of Anhalt-Dessau and his friend, architect Friedrich Wilhelm von Erdmannsdorff, had just returned from a tour of Italy, the Netherlands, England, France, and Switzerland, and they were inspired by the naturalistic landscape gardens at Stourhead Gardens and Ermenonville. That inspiration led them to build this garden. Today, you can walk, bike, and even ride horses through the park's green meadows, shady woods, and around placid lakes and rivers. Gondolas and ferries sit on the water, inviting you for a peaceful tour. Several small palaces and chateaus stand among the greenery, open to visitors and complete with their original 18th-century furnishings and Rococo paintings. Make Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz part of your personalized Worlitz itinerary using our Worlitz itinerary builder.
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  • Spend a few hours here in the fresh air taking in the many vistas and follys of this the original romantic garden in Germany. Many smal roe boat crossings connect the tiny islands and are powered by.....  more »
  • Amazing large landscape park with plenty to see and explore. On Monday the castles are closed but this way the parc was very quiet, which we enjoyed. Entrance to the park in general is free, only if.....  more »
  • A very beautiful place
  • Another interesting spot to visit.
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