Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Worlitz, Worlitz

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#2 of 20 in Parks in Saxony-Anhalt
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Garden Kingdom of 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. Using our world travel planner, Worlitz attractions like Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Worlitz can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Visited this place on a whim. It is off the beaten path, but well worth the time. The landscape is beautiful and relaxing. Pleasant stop on our way back from Berlin!  more »
  • Super Park to water to land. Something to climb in the grottos, also the Pavilion of to explore underground. Romantic gondola ride 45 minutes. And super great Castle after the restoration. Must be seen. Maybe even before looking for events. There are concerts, etc.
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  • very empfehlen.entspannen and enjoy. Enjoy homemade cakes in the Castle coffee and the view on the Lake then an absolute must. Bott ride!
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