Welcome to the WorldHeritageRegion
of Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg

Renaissance Musikfestival in Wittenberg
© 2012 Corinna Kroll

Ferropolis - Stadt aus Eisen
© 2011 Marit Schaller

Schloss Bernburg
© 2008 Werbeagentur Studio G

© 2011 Yvonne Tenschert - Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

Im Zerbster Schloss
© 2013 Schlegel - Stadt Zerbst/Anhalt

Brücke über die Mulde in Dessau
© 2014 Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH

Weiße Brücke Wörlitz
© 2011 Sven Hertel

Bitterfelder Bogen
© 2010 Uwe Hippe

Konzert in der Schlosskapelle Köthen
© 2015 Christian Ratzel

Elbe vor Coswig
© 2014 Stadt Coswig

Discover the land and the people of a unique region at the heart of Germany. Discover a region of rich history and UNESCO World Heritage embedded in an impressive landscape.

Whether you’re here for the weekend or for an extended stay – visiting the WorldHeritageRegion of Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg provides a lasting experience. Feel the exceptional charm of a region where tradition and modernity mingle in a unique way.

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Discover Reformation, Enlightenment, and the modern period in the

towns of the WorldHeritageRegion

Where did Katharina the Great, the reformer Luther, and the homeopath Hahnemann ever come so close? Where has color film been invented, where had the first German body of laws been developed? Where did German poets compose and sing?

In the WorldHeritageRegion, you are embarking on a discovery tour: Walk on the Luther Trail, sing with Paul Gerhardt in Gräfenhainichen, discover Till Eulenspiegel in the town of Bernburg at the Saale, discover the nature of the Elbe floodplain, or tread water in the Düben Heath.

Annaburg Timber framework and porcelain

Enchantingly framed by the Elbe-Elster lowlands and the wooded Annaburg Heath, the small town of Annaburg lies approximately 35 km south-east of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. It is the most easterly town of Saxony-Anhalt. The large 16th century Renaissance-style Annaburg Castle, the stately town square with its lovely timber-framed houses, the porcelain museum, and so much more await visitors.

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Bernburg (Saale) Residence town of the Counts of Anhalt-Bernburg

The town lies at the heart of Saxony-Anhalt in the Lower Saale Valley Nature Park, approximately 25 km from the Bauhaus city, Dessau-Roßlau. Dubbed the „Crown of Anhalt“, Bernburg Castle sits picturesquely above the Saale banks. Visitors will find a wonderful historic city filled with impressive buildings and histories, as well as a throbbing city life and numerous cultural offerings and leisure opportunities.

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Bitterfeld-Wolfen A town in transition

The town of Bitterfeld-Wolfen, one of the largest in Saxony-Anhalt, is situated at the heart of the Goitzsche Nature Park approximately 30 km from the Bauhaus city of Dessau-Roßlau. But if your first thought now is mining machinery and coal, think again. Nowadays it is water rather than black gold that shapes the town. Accordingly, visitors won’t encounter soot and noise, but beaches and deckchairs instead.

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Coswig (Anhalt) Experience Coswig (Anhalt)

Charmingly situated along the Elbe banks, the historic town of Coswig (Anhalt) is about 15 km west of Lutherstadt Wittenberg and separated from the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz only by the river. With its sights and the surrounding Elbe lowlands, the town offers quite a lot to discover and promises nature enthusiasts and cultural travelers alike a rewarding visit.

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Dessau-Roßlau Bauhaus.Elbe.GardenKingdom

The twin town of Dessau-Roßlau lies 35 km from Wittenberg at the seams of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe, nested into the riverscape of the Mulde River and the Elbe with their lush forests and meadows. Dessau-Wörlitz is home to three more UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Bauhaus, Masters’ Houses, and the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. Thus, the town and its surroundings leave nothing to be desired for culture and nature enthusiasts.

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Muldestausee Municipality Experiencing Nature, Art, and Culture

The municipality of Muldestausee lies within the Düben Heath Nature Park, 35 km south of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Formerly frowned upon because of lignite mining and its consequences for the land and the people, the region around the Mulde Reservoir and Lake Goitzsche today offers a recreational landscape with a special charm. The municipality of Muldestausee is a good point of departure for excursions into the Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg WorldHeritageRegion.

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Gräfenhainichen Small Town, Great Diversion

Situated at the periphery of the Düben Heath about 25 km south of Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Dessau-Roßlau of Bauhaus fame, Gräfenhainichen is the birth place of the notable Protestant hymnodist Paul Gerhardt. Follow the great poet’s tracks in Gräfenhainichen, feel the heartbeat of the industrial age in near-by Ferropolis on a peninsula right on the Gremmin lake.

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The town of Kemberg, 16 km south of Lutherstadt Wittenberg, marks the northern gateway to the Düben Heath Nature Park. The St. Marien Church with its tower of 86 meters in height is one of the most important neo-Gothic works of church architecture in Saxony-Anhalt and the highlight of the town’s beautiful historic center. With the nearby lake Bergwitzsee and the Düben Heath, Kemberg offers a lovely surrounding area waiting to be explored.

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Köthen (Anhalt) Bach City

At the heart of Anhalt, not even 25 km from the Bauhaus city of Dessau, the former residency of the princes and dukes of the Köthen lineage awaits discovery. Many sights recount the rich history, from Johann Sebastian Bach to the Fruitbearing Society. The twin towers of St. Jakob Church, built in 1400 and visible from afar, beckon visitors to take a walk through the elaborately restored old town.

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Lutherstadt Wittenberg World history up close

Visiting Lutherstadt Wittenberg, framed by the Middle Elbe and Fläming Heath, amounts to experiencing world history up close. Up to this day, the city is being influenced by its most famous son. By posting his Theses in 1517, Dr. Martin Luther made Wittenberg world-famous. The Lutherhaus, the Castle Church All Saints with the famous door, and many more of the Reformers’ places of activity preserve the spirit of those days.

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Oranienbaum A little piece of Holland

The small town of Oranienbaum, just 13 km east of the Bauhaus city of Dessau, is situated in the Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe. An originally inconspicuous spot of land in Anhalt, Countess Henriette Catharina of Orange-Nassau turned it into what it is up till today: A unique gem of Dutch Baroque architecture in the middle of Germany, showcasing a wonderful ensemble of town, palace, and park.

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Wörlitz A Horticultural Jewel

Situated in the Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe only about 10 km beeline from Lutherstadt Wittenberg, the lovely little town of Wörlitz is looking back on a history of more than 1000 years. In the second half of the 18th century it became famous for one of the first and most beautiful English landscape parks of continental Europe. The town is in the immediate vicinity of the heart of the UNESCO protected Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz.

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Zerbst/Anhalt Hometown of Catherine the Great

About 20 km from the Bauhaus city of Dessau-Roßlau, between the Elbe River and Fläming Heath, the town of Zerbst looks back on an eventful history of 1000 years. The first town of Anhalt to have been reformed, Zerbst was also the place where Princess Sophie Auguste Friederike of Anhalt-Zerbst, later known as Catharina the Great, grew up under the protection of the impressive castle walls. The court conductor at the time, Johann Friedrich Fasch, brought the town fame and glory in the sphere of music.

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