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Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Worlitz, Worlitz
(4.7/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Mid November visits lose the chance to take the gondola ride through the park; however, on the day we were there a heavy HOAR frost had captured the lawns and trees creating a sparkling place. We even...  more »
  • We were there end of November and the Park was already in peace. But an experience. The ladies in the tourist office are great and make again if it is too late.
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  • The garden includes everything from a volcano (not working) to a lovely lake with gondola rides to numerous types of flora and fauna to an underground servant passage to many walking/hiking paths. The...  more »