UNESCO World Heritage Luther / Bauhaus / Garden Kingdom

Lutherdenkmal auf dem Wittenberger Marktplatz
© Marit Schaller - WelterbeRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e.V.

Bauhaus Dessau
© Christoph Petras

Gondelfahrt in den Wörlitzer Anlagen
© Jens Wolf - Biosphärenreservatsverwaltung Mittelelbe

Biosphärenreservat Mittelelbe
© Mirko Pannach - Biosphärenreservat Mittelelbe

Nowhere else in Germany will you find such a density of World Heritage Sites as the WorldHeritageRegion of Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg has to offer.

Within the perimeter of only 35 kilometers, the region presents as many as four UNESCO-accredited sites: The Luther Memorials in Wittenberg, Bauhaus Dessau along with the Masters’ Houses, and the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. The Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe as a place of learning in the context of sustainable development belongs to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Elbe Riverscape. What all these places have in common? They are one of a kind!

Further information & contact

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

Tel.  03491 - 402610
Fax. 03491 - 405857






In 2004, the four worldwide unique UNESCO sites have been brought together under the marketing association Luther | Bauhaus | Garden Kingdom. Thus, an unparalleled touristic network came into existence which enables you to experience the diverse range of the region’s offerings as interconnected.

Walk on Luther’s trails in the hometown of the Reformation, Lutherstadt Wittenberg; enjoy a perfect Bauhaus day in Dessau, relax on an Italian gondola on the Wörlitzer See at the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, or observe the reclusive Elbe beaver undisturbed in his beaver’s lodge in the Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe…. 

This and much more awaits you in the fascinating region:


Luther | Bauhaus | Garden Kingdom


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Luther Memorials in Wittenberg
UNESCO World Heritage since 1996


Nearly 500 years ago, the whole world gave attention to the small town of Wittenberg on the Elbe, when Martin Luther rang in the Protestant Reformation with the posting of his Theses to the door of the Castle Church. The fact that the newly founded denomination spread so quickly should not only be credited to Luther. Assisting him were his loyal companions Philipp Melanchthon and Lucas Cranach the Elder; their footprints have been preserved all over the town.

The original locations and domains of the reformers, among them the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Lutherhaus, the Town Church, the Castle Church, and Melanchthonhaus, impressively testify to this important era.

Would you like to learn more about the far reaching consequences the Reformation had on society, politics and the economy?

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Stiftung Luthergedenkstätten in Sachsen-Anhalt
Collegienstraße 54
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Telefon: 03491 – 4 20 30


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Bauhaus Dessau and Masters' Houses
UNESCO World Heritage since 1996


In no other city did Bauhaus leave such a lasting impact as in Dessau, at the times a thriving industrial town on the Elbe. Having moved from Weimar to Dessau in 1925, architect Walter Gropius constructed the Bauhaus building as a school of design whose director he was to become. Before long, the Masters’ Houses, arranged as a housing estate for the Bauhaus masters, followed. With the construction of further houses, for example the Dessau-Törten Housing Estate, the Konsumgebäude, and the Employment Office, he completed the ensemble for the time being, laying the foundation of modern construction in Dessau.


In present-day Dessau, there are over 300 Bauhaus buildings creating an up-to-date and present impression of 1920s and 1930s architecture. Come and discover modernism…


Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
Gropiusallee 38
06846 Dessau-Roßlau

Telefon: 0340 – 65 08 251



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Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
UNESCO World Heritage since 2000


"It is infinitely beautiful here," already Goethe gushed when he was visiting the gardens of Wörlitz which were laid out 250 years ago – the largest and first part of the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. Soon after, all of Europe would come to admire the Garden Kingdom which had been built according to English manner. The people of that time reacted in much the same way. For the first time, due to the Enlightenment ideas of the sitting Prince and founder of the Garden Kingdom, Leopold III Friedrich Franz, the people gained access for educational purposes to the princely gardens, and with them to the Georgium, the Luisium, and the Sieglitzer Berg forest park. Still today, remarkable avenues, paths along dikes, and vistas connect them with the older grounds in Oranienbaum and Mosigkau, merging them into a sheer endless park.


Admire Europe’s only artificial volcano on the Rock Island, Stein, or go on a ride with an Italian gondola on the Wörlitzer See – here you will find these attractions and many more.

Kulturstiftung DessauWörlitz
Schloss Großkühnau
06846 Dessau-Roßlau

Telefon: 0340 – 64 61 50


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Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1979


As early as 1979, the UNESCO recognized the beauty and uniqueness of the Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe, placing parts of the pristine paradise between the rivers of Elbe and Mulde under conservation protection for the first time. To this day, near-extinct species of animal and plant life like the Elbe beaver, the kingfisher, and the Sibirian iris, find their habitat in the unique floodplain meadows where they may be observed in their natural surrounding without disruption. 125,000 hectares in size, the area constitutes the largest part of the trans-regional Biosphere Reserve Elbe Riverscape and offers many opportunities for exploration by foot, by bike or on the water.

Biosphärenreservatverwaltung Mittelelbe
Postfach 1382
06813 Dessau-Roßlau

Telefon: 034904 – 42 10



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Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe in Overview

Information Center Auenhaus
Oranienbaum-Wörlitz OT Oranienbaum

The Information Center Auenhaus contains an interactive exhibition on the special features of the reserve’s flora and fauna including different seasonal events and guided tours. Be part of the nature and visit, among others, the cottage garden, the beaver observation area, the beaver cinema and Auenhaus exhibition pavilions with many exhibition elements providing information about the special characteristics of this conservation area.