Dessau, now Dessau-Roßlau, has a population of approx. 90.

19 things to do

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Wörlitz Gardens

make a tour to the largest english landscaped park on the continent. Created in the 1770s, it shows finest garden architecture, animated by parks in England like Kew, Stourhead, Stowe. Vistas within the park and to surrounding landscape. The access to the park is free, some passerger ferries which shortcut lakes 0,60 -1 Euro. Wörlitz Palace, Gothic House, Stein (with artificial volcano) have exhibitions, admission 3 to 5 Euro. 17 km to the east of Dessau, a good hour of cycling, or take the Wörlitzer Eisenbahn from the Dessau main station (approx 8 Euro return).

DO   —  Map

Master Houses

The Master Houses (1926 by Walter Gropius), dwelling houses for the Bauhaus techers ("masters"), are an ensemble of originally one single and three double houses. They are named after their first users (Gropius, Moholy-Nagy/Feininger, Muche/Schlemmer, Klee/Kandinsky). The houses Gropius and Moholy-Nagy were distroyed during WWII, the Gropius villa was replaced by a detached house of the 1950s. Guided tours (in German) start at the Bauhaus building (tickets on the first floor) Tue-Sun 12:30 and 15:30. The price of €9 includes entrance fees.

SEE   —  Ebertallee 1 -7

Bauhaus building

The "Bauhaus building" (1926 by Walter Gropius) is a trendsetting building for modern architecture and thus listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is 5 minutes walk from the main station (use west exit, not the main exit). It houses a postgradual college ("Bauhauskolleg") and exhibition rooms. It is possible to walk about parts of the building freely.

SEE   —  Gropiusallee 38


The Georgium park, part of the world cultural heritage, is a landscape park with baroque and English elements of late 18th century, which stretches almost from the station north up to the Elbe river. There is unlimited access to the park (beware of boars in the nighttime though). Georgium palace houses a painting gallery (Tue-Sun: 10:00-17:00, €3).

SEE   —  Puschkinallee


the city of iron, 20 km east of Dessau. A unique ensemble of five of open cast mining giants placed around an open air arena seating 20.000. Staging festivals, like the annually [ Melt festival] in July, and concerts. Metallica liked the setting, so check out the programme.

DO   —  Map


The Luisium is an English landscape park, which continues into the meadows of Mulde and Elbe. Small palace (rather a villa). Admission to the park is free (beware of boars.), to the palace: May to Sept: Tue-Sun: 10:00-17:00, admission €4,5; with a guided tour only.

SEE   —  Waldersee


The exhibition allows to discover the amazing engineering work of the aircraft pioneer '''Hugo Junkers'''. It is possible to see some real airplanes like a legendary '''JU52''' and get more information on the different working areas of Hugo Junkers.


This restaurant, built 1929 by Bauhaus architect ''Carl Fieger'', sits directly on the south bank of the Elbe river. Terrace out to the river, splendid views. Traditional and experimental food using fresh local produce, main dishes around 10 Euro.

EAT   —  Kornhausstrasse 146


Gropiusallee 38. Ever stayed in a world cultural site? You can at the Bauhaus dormitory. Single B&B 35-50 Euro, double 55-60 Euro. Simple standard, shared bathrooms.

SLEEP   —  Map


along the Elbe or Mulde rivers and explore hidden beaches. The Elbe was named by the Romans ''albis fluvius'' (white river) for its bright sandy beaches.

DO   —  Map


baroque ensemble of palace, park and town. Built for a Dutch princess who married to Dessau, some roots of the Dutch Royal Family are here.

DO   —  Map

Radisson Blu Fürst Leopold

Friedensplatz 1 (near station and city centre), 4 star business hotel, Prices start at 80 Euro single, 100 Euro double (room only).

SLEEP   —  Map

NH Dessau

Zerbster Strasse 29 (city centre). 4 star business hotel, Prices start at 80 Euro single B&B, 100 Euro double B&B.

SLEEP   —  Map

Brauhaus zum Alten Dessauer

Located in an old brewery building, this restaurant serves traditional local food. They brew their own beer.

Youth Hostel

Ebertallee 151, 20 minutes walk from the main station. Prices for B&B start at 18,50 Euro.

SLEEP   —  Map

Bauhaus Klub

Mixed crowd of locals, Bauhaus staff and visitors. They offer snacks and light meals.

EAT   —  Gropiusallee 38

Bookshop in the Bauhaus

offer a variety of books on arts and architecture, also in English.

BUY   —  Gropiusallee 38

Bauhaus Mensa

Breakfast and Lunch. Self service, meals up to 5 Euro

EAT   —  Gropiusallee 38

Galerie Bauart

offer design articles and Bauhaus-style futniture.

BUY   —  Gropiusallee 81

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