Garden Kingdom Day on August 13, 2022

Garden Realm Day on August 13, 2022

Once a year, on the second Saturday in August, Garden Realm Day commemorates the birthday of Leopold III Friedrich Franz von Anhalt-Dessau (August 10, 1740). For over 20 years, this special day has been celebrated in honor of the founder of the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz.

Visitors are invited to move from place to place and experience the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz through special tours and offers.

The Stadtmarketinggesellschaft Dessau-Roßlau is participating in the Garden Kingdom Day with three tour offers:

10:00-13:00: Bike tour Bauhaus-Junkers Garden Realm.

Prince Franz of Anhalt-Dessau set a reform program in motion with the grounds of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm, which was the basis for the industrial development of the city of Dessau. This early industrialization attracted both Hugo Junkers and Walter Gropius. All three were united by their belief in progress. Art and technology were to form a unity. Thus, the tour leads to the places where the pioneers worked and shows the close connection that exists between their work.

Meeting point: Tourist Information Dessau
Price: 15 € / reduced 12 €

14:00-17:00: Castle tour in a vintage bus

Leopold III Friedrich Franz, enlightened prince and duke of Anhalt-Dessau (1740-1817), wanted to “combine the beautiful with the useful”. He established a program for the development and beautification of the land that was unique in Germany and thus created the basis for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom. During a bus tour, visit the Luisium – the romantic retreat of Princess Luise, as well as Mosigkau Park and Palace – one of the last largely preserved rococo ensembles in central Germany. Not only visiting the parks is an experience, but also the bus tour with a vintage car itself. You explore the palaces with “Friedrich”, a Mercedes Benz O305 No. 1643 from 1983. The tour ends at the Georgium. Short stops are planned in the parks. Advance booking is requested!

Meeting point: Bus parking lot at the Anhaltisches Theater (Friedensplatz/corner of Fritz-Hesse-Str.)
Price: 20 € / reduced 18 € (children, students, pensioners)
Minimum number of participants: 20 persons
Registration required: Tel. 0340-88292000 or

14:00-15:30: Once Arcadia and back

On some of Prince Franz’s educational journeys, which took him through Italy, France, Holland and England, his younger brother Johann Georg accompanied him. Together with the architect Erdmannsdorff, he transformed his impressions and experiences into the Georgium. On the walk through the Georgengarten you will retrace this grand tour. Embedded in the spacious idyllic landscape garden you will see Greek temples, Roman ruins, Celtic tumuli and Egyptian sphinxes.

Meeting point: Restaurant “Am Georgengarten”, Heinz-Röttger-Str. 16, 06846 Dessau-Roßlau

Price: Free of charge

Further offers of the network partners:


10.00 – 17.00 hrs.  
“Art of the present” – Exhibition Büro Otto Koch “Clouds and deepened seat”.
Drawings by Julia Ziegler – two rooms
Fremdenhaus at the Georgium Castle

10:00 – 17:00 Drawing of nature
The drawings of the exhibition “Wolken und Vertiefter Sitz” by Julia Ziegler invite you to become creative yourself. An open participation offer for everyone!
With Sophia Wiest, museum educator of the Anhalt Picture Gallery
in front of the Fremdenhaus at Georgium Castle

10.00 – 18.00 h  
Schachtelwerk summer market
Beautiful things made of paper by Juliane Naumann (Dessau) and Peggy Weituschat (Wittenberg), exhibition and sale (also on Sunday)
Foyer Orangery at Georgium Castle

10.00 – 18.00 h  
Exhibition “Lichtbilder” by Angela Zumpe
Impressions of the construction site at Georgium Castle. Visitors will be able to take a look at the unobstructed architectural monument and at the same time an impressive view of the past construction activities.
Georgium Castle

11.00 – 12.30   
Guided tour through the Georgengarten
Topic: “Diversity in the World Cultural Heritage” with Marion Krause
Meeting point: Querallee – entrance to Geogarten (opposite entrance to Tierpark)

11.00 – 15.00  
Mausoleum Dessau – possibility to visit the monument
Dessau Zoo

11.00 – 16.00 h
Urbane Farm Dessau e.V. – information stand with opportunities to participate
Orchard meadows (west of Georgium Castle)

11.00 – 17.00
“Handmade” – Creative market in the greenery
Open space in front of the Orangery at Georgium Castle

11.00 – 17.00
Local history society Dessau-Siedlung
News and interesting facts from the settlement association
Open space in front of the Orangery at Georgium Castle

11.00 – 17.00
Book flea market – Friends of the Anhaltische Landesbücherei Dessau e.V.
Open space in front of the Orangery at Georgium Palace

11.00 – 17.00
Local history society Dessau-Ziebigk e.V. – Presentation of the district chronicle
Open space in front of the Orangery at Georgium Castle

11.00 – 18.00
Förderverein Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie und Georgengarten Dessau e. V. – The
Förderverein presents itself and its projects Open space in front of the Orangery at Georgium Palace

11.30 – 13.30
Classical music in the Georgengarten with “KlangReichDessau
Open space in front of the Orangery at Georgium Palace

2 p.m.
“News from the Old Masters” – lecture on the art of the Reformation period by Nadine Willing-Stritzke, wiss. Staff
Georgium Castle, Tischbein Hall

14.00 – 16.00 h
“The fascinating world of bees” – information stand on the topic of honey bees and wild bees, designing insect-friendly gardens.
Fruit meadow (west of Georgium Castle)

14.00 – 17.00 h
Coffee & cake by the members and friends of the Förderverein Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie und Georgengarten Dessau e. V.
Open space in front of the Orangery at Georgium Palace

2:30 p.m.
“News from the Old Masters” – lecture on the illustrations of the People’s Picture Bible by Friedrich Olivier from the early 19th century by Mischa Steidl
Georgium Castle, Tischbein Hall

14.30 – 15.00
Reading session for children – children’s stories with Julia Moori from the Förderverein Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie und Georgengarten Dessau e. V.
Open space in front of the Orangery at Georgium Palace

15.00 – 16.00 h
Concert with the trio JazzFeel
Open space in front of the Orangery at Georgium Castle

Lecture “The Georgengarten in the Garden Kingdom. Comparative considerations” with Uwe Merz, landscape architect
Georgium Palace, Tischbein Hall

4.30 p.m.
Children’s theater “KLAMMER” with niedlich&GROSS, Halle/Saale
Performance for children from 3 years
Open space in front of the Orangery at Georgium Palace


11.00 – 17.00
Exhibition “Houses of God in former times and today – the Jerusalem temple and the Christian church in (architectural) comparison”.
Church of St. Peter

11.00 a.m.
“Castle Olympics – The Big Four” – Castle Experience Tour with Silke Wallstein and Christine Brickmann
Loosely based on the motto “Discovering castles through play”, children (8-12 years) go on an interactive journey of discovery through Wörlitz Castle.
Meeting point: Wörlitz Park, steps at Wörlitz Castle
Price: 4 € per child and per castle, 8,50 € for accompanying persons
Registration under Tel.: 0349054090 or

11.00 – 13.30
“ARCHITECT(O)UR – with Prince Franz”.
Costume guided tour through the Wörlitz Park with Prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz of Anhalt-Dessau.
Meeting point: Garden Kingdom Information in the kitchen building at Wörlitz Castle.
Price: 21 € (incl. small refreshment), plus 1 € ferry rides
Registration under Tel.: 034905/31009 or

11.30 a.m.
Guided tour “Stories around the historical inn ZUM EICHENKRANZ”.
Gasthof “Zum Eichenkranz”, Angergasse 104, 06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz
Price: 4 €; without advance reservation; tickets can be purchased from 11:00 a.m. in the LEBENSART store in the Eichenkranz

12:00 p.m.
“The Garden Kingdom & Faraway Lands: From Naples to Rome”.
Guided tour with Jana Seeger, Department of Castles and Collections.
Meeting point: Stein Island
Price:12 €
Registration under Tel.: 0349054090 or

3:00 p.m.
“The Garden Kingdom & Faraway Lands: And Far Away Beckons the South Seas”
by Projekt Weltenbummler in cooperation with OIKOS EINE WELT e.V. and MUSEUMSVERBAND Sachsen-Anhalt e.V..
The Georg Forster Collection in Wörlitz is the starting point for experiencing the global in the local. Children from 8 to 14 years of age will gain unusual insights into a distant culture with different customs and traditions through selected exhibits.
Location: Wörlitz Park
Price: 2 € per child
Registration under Tel.: 0349054090 or

18.00 – 22.00 h
“Summer night gondola ride for Prince Franz’s birthday”.
A gondola ride takes you through the lakes and canals of Wörlitz Park to Stein Island. Arriving at the impressive amphitheater, the Artistocrats from Berlin await you with a show of artistry and acrobatics. Enjoy a four-course menu and fine drinks. Dinner will conclude under tents on Stein Island.
For more information and tickets, visit
Location: Wörlitzer Park, gondola station
Price: 109 €


10.00 – 17.00 h
“ORANGERIES – Houses for Plant Treasures in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz”.
The exhibition focuses on the history of the plant houses in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz and the exotic tub plants cultivated here for centuries. Oranges and other citrus plants in particular were status symbols, showpieces of the gardens of the nobility and wealthy citizens, exclusive delicacies and medicines. Their cultivation and care is very costly, so that special houses – the orangeries – have developed.
Place: Oranienbaum Palace Park, Orangery

15.00 – 17.00
“The world of percussion – musical program under the direction of Birgit Lawerenz”.
Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve Administration – Information Center Auenhaus; Am Kapenschlösschen 3; 06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz, OT Oranienbaum (on the B107 between Dessau and Oranienbaum)

Dessau / Luisium

10.00 – 17.00 h
“Black and White. Photography in the Garden Kingdom – Yesterday and Today”.
The Cultural Foundation Dessau-Wörlitz presents in the Orangery of the Luisium in Dessau-Waldersee 35 large-format historical views from the pioneering days of photography to the 1950s. Each of these is juxtaposed with a photograph from 2021, which was taken from the historical perspective.
Location: Luisium Park, Orangery

Dessau / Großkühnau

11.00 – 15.00 h
“A look inside: Großkühnau Palace and Park”.
Guided tours of the castle with Robert Hartmann, head of the department for the preservation of historical monuments at the Dessau-Wörlitz Cultural Foundation.
Guided tours of the park with Michael Keller, Head of the Gardens and Waters Department of the Dessau-Wörlitz Cultural Foundation.
Guided tours of the archive and library of the Dessau-Wörlitz Cultural Foundation with Evelin Wagner and Ute Winkelmann.
Großkühnau Palace, Ebenhanstr. 8, 06846 Dessau-Roßlau
free of charge; no registration required; catering (self-paying) will be provided

Dessau / Mosigkau

2 p.m.
“For invited guests only!”
Combined palace and park tour with Andreas Mehnert, Department of Palaces and Collections and Ralph Wels, Department of Gardens and Waters. Learn how invited guests of Princess Anna Wilhelmine experienced the palace and gardens in the 18th century.
Meeting place: Garden Kingdom Shop Schloss Mosigkau
Registration under Tel.: 0340 50255721 or
Price: 12 €

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The World Heritage Line 304 shuttles hourly between the World Heritage cities of Dessau and Wörlitz – accompanied by Christian Ratzel as tour guide.

The “Gräserfrauen” from the EKMAGADI project, who accompany the line 10:21 from Dessau (Hbf) to Wörlitz and then walk in the Wörlitz Park, accompany the line 16:09 back to Dessau. The baroque ladies of the Förderverein Irrgarten Altjeßnitz e. V. walk from 10:00 in the Georgengarten, accompany the line 11:21 from Dessau to Wörlitz, walk in the Wörlitzer Park and take the return trip at 15:09 to Dessau.

The current timetable can be found on the website:
Price: Free of charge

The Garden Kingdom Day is a joint project of the following partners:
Central Elbe Biosphere Reserve, Evangelical Regional Church of Anhalt, Society of Friends of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom e.V., Dessau-Wörlitz Cultural Foundation, City of Dessau-Roßlau, Stadtmarketinggesellschaft Dessau-Roßlau mbH; City of Oranienbaum-Wörlitz, World Heritage Region Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e.V.