Anhalt Imaginative and awesome

Im Zerbster Schloss
© Schlegel - Stadt Zerbst/Anhalt

Bachfesttage in der Jakobskirche Köthen
© Christian Ratzel

Schloss mit Eulenspiegelturm
© k.A.

Insel Stein im Wörlitzer Park
© Heinz Fräßdorf - Kulturstiftung Dessau-Wörlitz

Muldebrücke und Johannbau Dessau
© k.A. - Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH

The area from the Harz Mountains to Fläming Heath was first referred to as Anhalt in 1212. The tradition-steeped region has been shaped by its eventful history which is filled to the brim with groundbreaking innovations in the realms of culture, politics, jurisdiction, horticulture, technology, and music.

A principality first, then a duchy, and later a federated German state, Anhalt existed until 1918. The area of the Evangelical Church of Anhalt is almost identical with the former duchy. Today, Anhalt is part of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, the eponym symbolizing its strong ties.

Whether you’re climbing, golfing, bowling, skating – there is something for everyone. Escape day-to-day life and come explore the region of Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg on your own terms.

Further information & contact

WelterbeRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e.V.
Neustraße 13
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Tel.  03491 - 402610

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Anhaltische Landschaft e.V.
Evangelische Landeskirche Anhalts

Discover Towns in Anhalt

Visit the former residential towns of Anhalt, indulge in the abundant cultural offer, trace the steps of important personalities, and explore the diverse landscape!

Famous Personalities of Anhalt

Anhalt, land of ideas, stands for Enlightenment, modernism, and Reformation. Here did Johann Sebastian Bach compose, Walter Gropius design, and Prince Franz create his gardens. In Zerbst lived the later Russian Empress Catherine the Great. Discover the biographies of these and many other personalities who once lived and worked in Anhalt.

Anhalt’s Achievements

The region of Anhalt is considered to be the cradle of homeopathy and ornithology, and the Sachsenspiegel of Reppichau constitutes the most important collection of laws of the High Middle Ages. Junkers manufactured the first all-metal aircraft, and Johann Sebastian Bach composed the Brandenburg Concertos in Köthen.


Start out for the heartland of German history, and walk in the tracks of the Reformation, Enlightenment, and modernism – discover the diversity of Anhalt!


The anniversary of the Reformation – Luther 2017

Anhalt and the Reformation

Not far from Anhalt did Martin Luther post his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, thus laying the foundation for the emergence of the evangelical church. Honoring the 500th anniversary of this memorable event, the Reformation will be continuously commemorated at Lutheran sites throughout the region in 2017.

During Luther’s lifetime, the people of Anhalt turned towards the Protestant Church before long. The reason for this may have been geographical proximity to Wittenberg, but the economic hardships of the Princes of Anhalt may also have come into play. Enthusiasm for Lutheranism didn’t hold, though. Just before 1600, Anhalt was reformed a second time and turned towards Calvinist faith. The design of the sacred buildings speaks of this historic development since the Calvinists opposed altars, imagery and sculptures, and, accordingly, the churches were emptied. Therefore, the churches in Anhalt differ strongly from those found in Catholic areas, for example those in Bavaria. Only in the 19th century did the Calvinist and the Lutheran church unite to form the Evangelical Church of Anhalt.



Reformationsjubiläum 2017 e.V.

Neustraße 10b
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Telefon: 03491 – 64 34 600







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