Dessau-Wörlitz – an amazing place in Germany

Dessau-Rosslau, Germany: Interesting sights and best restaurants, reviews and tips

Dessau-Rosslau – City of castles and classic English-style parks

Dessau-Rosslau is a large city in Germany, located on the banks of the River Elbe in the federal state of Sachsen-Anhalt. Only a few years ago, there were two separate cities here, which were located on opposite banks of the river. In 2007, Dessau merged with the smaller town of Rosslau to form a new town, Dessau-Rosslau.

The city is incredibly rich in architectural and natural attractions. There are many notable buildings of different architectural styles, as well as a large number of beautiful parks and gardens. It would take a whole week to explore all the interesting sites of Dessau-Rosslau.

Dessau Rosslau, Germany: Sights and Best Restaurants, Reviews and Tips

Natural History Museum Dessau, Germany (Photo© M_H.DE / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-3.0)

What to see in Dessau-Rosslau?

  1. Castle Georgium (Schloss Georgium), surrounded by the English park of the same name with replicas of ancient statues. Today the palace houses the State Art Gallery (Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie), which holds works of art by European masters.
  2. Castle Luisium (Schloss Luisium) is a small country house in the English style. This neat building, which was erected in the 18th century, is of interest for tourists because of its rich interior, which gives an idea of the art of that time.
  3. Mosigkau Palace (Schloss Mosigkau), built in the middle of the 18th century in the Rococo style, surrounded by a beautiful park. This is one of the last surviving Rococo palace ensembles in Central Germany. On its premises there is a museum and a conservatory, where regular exhibitions and concerts are held.
  4. Schloss Großkühnau – a quite simple but rugged building, which was built in the second half of the 18th century as a country residence of Prince Albert von Anhalt-Dessau.
  5. Castle Rosslau (Burg Roßlau), which stands on a hill 58 m high. Today the castle building is empty and waiting for a new owner. Occasionally cultural events like the Destruction Derby are held there.
  6. Dessau City Castle (Stadtschloss Dessau) is a partially preserved palace complex located in the historic part of Dessau. It was one of the first Renaissance castles in Central Germany.
  1. Dessau Historical Museum (Museum fur Stadtgeschichte Dessau), whose many exhibits acquaint visitors with the rich history of the city.
  2. The Technikmuseum Hugo Junkers, which exhibits a wide range of model aircraft. At the moment, the museum shows exhibitions devoted to gas and diesel engines, motor oil, etc. Ticket price for adults is 4 euros, for students – 1.50 euros.
  3. The Moses Mendelssohn Center is located in the Torten residential complex. It introduces its guests to the life and achievements of the humanist philosopher and godfather of the Jewish Enlightenment, Moses Mendelssohn. The ticket price for adults is €2, for children €1.
  4. Museum für Naturkunde und Vorgeschichte (Museum of Natural History and Prehistory) with permanent exhibitions devoted to nature, man and the environment.
  1. The Castle Church of St. Mary (Schlosskirche St. Marien) is the main evangelical church in the city.
  2. The Protestant Church of St. John (St.-Johannis-Kirche), consecrated in 1702.
  3. The Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul (Propsteikirche St. Peter und Paul), built in neo-Gothic style.
  4. St. Peter’s Church (Petruskirche) is an evangelical church built in neo-Romanesque style. The church has a 52.5 m high tower.
  5. The Old Synagogue (Alte Synagoge) built in the 18th century.

Other popular attractions in Dessau-Rosslau:

  1. The Wörlitz Landscape Park (Wörlitzer) is 16 km from the city, founded in the 18th century by Prince Leopold Friedrich Franz. It is one of the most picturesque parks in Germany, attracting great personalities like Goethe, Humboldt and Johann Winkelmann.
  2. The Bauhaus (Bauhausgebaeude) is a famous school of art, design and architecture. It had a huge impact on the architectural appearance of most buildings in the world. Today within the walls of the school held various exhibitions and organized excursions. The ticket to the exhibition for adults is 6 euros, for students – 4 euros.
  3. The houses of craftsmen (Meisterhäuser) are 3 well-preserved handicraft houses, located on the green Ebertallee (Ebertallee). The founders of the Bauhaus movement lived and worked here, the main idea of which is reflected in the slogan “Design for Life”. The ticket price for adults to all 3 houses is 7,50 euros, for students – 5,50 euros.
  4. Kandinsky/Klee house, the walls of which are painted in beautiful pastel colors. It introduces its guests to the biographies of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, as well as the works of these great artists.
  5. The Toerten Estate is an unusual minimalist apartment complex built in the 1920s in the southern part of Dessau. The complex includes more than 300 houses.
  6. The Kornhaus is a striking banqueting hall in the style of the famous Bauhaus. It was designed by Gropius’s assistant Karl Flieger.
  7. The Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt) is a modern building with a brightly textured facade. Nearby there is a beautiful park with outdoor areas, exhibitions and works of art.
  8. Dessau town hall (Dessauer Rathaus) built between 1899 and 1901 in neo-Renaissance style. It adorns the tower, which is 73 m high. Today the town hall is the seat of city administration.
  9. The Hauptpost building, built in the neo-Gothic style.

Things to do in Dessau-Rosslau: Top 10 things to do and see

  1. Buy a Bauhaus tour to see all the Bauhaus-style sights in the city. The ticket costs 15 euros for adults and 10 euros for students.
  2. To visit the houses of artisans.
  3. Cycling along the magnificent Elbe bicycle route.
  4. Take a tour of the Kurfürst Garden Kingdom with a visit to all the palaces of Dessau and Wörlitz.
  5. Stroll along the main pedestrian street Zebster Strasse.
  6. Buy souvenirs at the Market Square.
  7. Take a boat trip on the Elbe.
  8. Take pictures against the background of the dams built around the city.
  9. Visit the Hugo Junkers Museum of Technology.
  10. Relax at the popular nightclub Hexe’s Tropica.

Where to eat and what to drink in Dessau-Rosslau

  1. Restaurant Paechterhaus (Kirchstrasse 1), located in a magnificent half-timbered house formerly owned by farmers. Here you can taste the excellent treats made from local products. The price for the main dishes is on average 27 euros.
  2. The Bauhaus Klub (Gropiusallee 38) is a great option for a light breakfast or lunch. Very tasty snacks, breakfasts and salads are served here. We recommend ordering a pizza from Alsace. Average bill is 5 euros.
  3. Café Nordsee (Kavalierstrasse 49), which serves the tastiest fish rolls in town. The average bill is 5-6 euros.

Reviews and travel tips about Dessau-Rosslau

  1. Travelling to Dessau-Rossau with children, you should definitely visit the local zoo, which occupies an area of 11 hectares.
  2. You can rent a bike in the rental shop, located in front of the Main Railway Station. Rental costs 5-8 euros per day.

You can watch a video about Dessau at the link below:

View of the Mulde River in Dessau, Germany (Photo above© Nikater / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-SA-3.0,2.5,2.0,1.0)

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