The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz is a complex of parks and palaces near the cities of Dessau and Wörlitz, south of Berlin. This site has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000.

The gardens of Dessau-Wörlitz were laid out in the 18th century by the architect Friedrich Wilhelm von Erdmannsdorff at the request of Leopold III, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau, who was returning from a tour of Europe. He had been particularly inspired by the English and Italian gardens of the time.

In spite of the gloomy weather, the particularly beautiful autumn atmosphere gave the gardens back their bucolic charm.

More information on the website of the German Tourist Office: Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz – Castles and Parks

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Wörlitz Castle

Built in 1773, this castle is the first building of neoclassical architecture in Germany. For the visit of its interior, a guided tour will be necessary.

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Dessau-Wörlitz Gardens – Italian inspiration

To the east of the Wörlitz park is a group of Italian-inspired buildings.

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Dessau-Wörlitz Gardens – English inspiration

At the western entrance of the Wörlitz park, you can stroll in an English inspired garden.

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Insel Stein (the stone island)

This unusual (and insular) stone construction highlights the Duke’s passion for Italy. Indeed, there is a reproduction of Vesuvius, a Roman amphitheater, “la Bocca della Verita”. There is also a small Italian style palace.

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Oranienbaum

The Oranienbaum Palace was built at the end of the 17th century for the royal family of Holland. The place was under restoration when I visited it. In the park of the castle there is also a Chinese garden with a pagoda.

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Photo Tips

Best times to take pictures

  • Season: Autumn is beautiful with the warm colors of the leaves. A bucolic atmosphere. That said, spring must be beautiful also with the flowers.
  • Just after sunrise or before sunset to enjoy the best lights.

Photo material to take

  • Objectives: no specific recommendations. A telephoto lens can be interesting.
  • Drone: forbidden even in the context of my report.

Spots to be photographed in the gardens

  • The “Wolfsbrücke” perspective
  • Around the lake ” Grosses Walloch “

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