Oranienbaum Castle and Park
Today, the summer dining room, the leather wallpaper room and the mirror room bear witness to the once rich interior decoration sporting precious leather tapestries, faiences and paintings. Further recommended attractions are the local exhibition on the history of hunting in Anhalt and the TabakCollegium’s unusual presentation of the local tobacco production, once started by Henriette Catharina.
The princesses great-grandson, Leopold III Friedrich Franz von Anhalt-Dessau (1740-1817), also left his mark on Oranienbaum. He redesigned many of the building’s rooms in the Chinese style and included the baroque gardens in the improvements of the Garden Kingdom, transforming the park into the only English-Chinese garden of the 18th century still largely preserved today. A pagoda, a tea house and several arched bridges set architectural accents here. Since 1812, one of the longest orangeries in Europe embellishes the park’s southern edge. This orangerie has housed a rich stock of citrus plants without interruption ever since.