The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, a UNESCO World Heritage site, looks back over a 200-year history. Its unique quality is in many ways the result of a close friendship, which has become cause for celebration this year.
“It is infinitely beautiful here. I was once again greatly moved to see that the Gods have allowed the Prince to create a dream around himself …” wrote the famous poet Goethe on a visit to Wörlitz in May 1778. To this day, the unparalleled landscape of palaces and gardens continues to enchant visitors. Prince Franz von Anhalt-Dessau dazzled his contemporaries with his groundbreaking design – the first significant English-style park in the German-speaking lands. The ‘kingdom’ is a self-contained landscape of palaces, gardens, churches, flood-watch houses and ruins nestled within the meadowlands that run alongside the Elbe and Mulde rivers.