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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Under the rule of Prince Franz of Anhalt-Dessau, the city became a center of Enlightenment. In the 18th century, he created the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz with its unique castles and parks. With the establishment of the Bauhaus, the school of design which was opened by Walter Gropius in 1926, Dessau became known as the capital of modernism. Famous artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Lyonel Feininger worked here, and the composer Kurt Weill, the poet Wilhem Müller, and the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn were born in Dessau, the town in which Hugo Junkers made history in the technical realm in the 20th century.
While Dessau built up a reputation as Bauhaus city, Roßlau was known as a shipping town. The water castle and classicist buildings by the architect Bandhauer are among the most famous buildings in Roßlau.
The town’s treasures of museums and galleries, the great program of the Anhaltische Theater Dessau, and countless recreational activities are up for discovery.
The density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in and around Dessau-Roßlau is unique. For example, wide stretches of the Elbe and Mulde were brought under UNESCO conservative protection in the Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe in 1979; in 1996, the Bauhaus sites in Weimar and Dessau have been brought under the umbrella of the UNESCO World Heritage program; and since 2000, the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz ranks among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Additionally, the nearby town of Wittenberg is home of the Luther Memorials which have been recognized as cultural heritage of humanity in 1996 and ever since belong to UNESCO World Heritage.
Discover the town of Dessau-Roßlau and its sourroundings. We are looking forward to your visit.
Opening hours of the tourist information
April through October
Mon - Fri 10am – 6pm
Sat 9:30am – 1pm
November through March
Mon - Fri 10am – 5pm
Sat 10am - 1pm
Office in Roßlau:
Mon, Fri 10am – 12am and 1pm – 2pm
Tue, Thu 10am – 12am and 1pm – 5pm
Closed on Wednesdays
Getting there by bike
Elbe Cycle Route
Mulde River Cycle Route
Getting there by public transport
RB Magdeburg, Halle, Leipzig, Lutherstadt Wittenberg
RE Berlin, Magdeburg, Leipzig
Dessau-Wörlitzer-Train, train station Dessau - Oranienbaum - Wörlitz
Getting there by car
A9 Berlin-Munich - Exit Dessau Ost and Dessau Süd
B184, B185, B187 direction Dessau
Bauhaus lovers and those who truly enjoy escaping modern architecture can spend a full day visiting more than 300 Bauhaus buildings in the city center of Dessau.
Join us for a guided group walking tour through the Bauhaus city Dessau and learn more about the city’s eventful history from the former seat of residence of the princes of Anhalt to the capital of modernism. Tour upon request.
Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
Museum für Naturkunde und Vorgeschichte
Museum für Stadtgeschichte Dessau - im Johannbau
Schloss und Park Luisium
Schloss und Park Mosigkau
Technikmuseum Hugo Junkers