Open Monument Day 2023

Sunday, September 10, 2023

The nationwide Open Monument Day celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. It will be held on September 10, 2023, under the motto “Talent Monument.”

This motto is intended to shine a spotlight on the unique characteristics and qualities of all monuments. The importance and value of each historic property – its “talents” should be appreciated.

Monument owners, associations and institutions open their objects for visitors in and around Dessau-Roßlau. After a break of several years, this year’s program also includes a monument bike tour.

Bike tour

The bike tour will focus on art on buildings and in public spaces. In addition to designated cultural monuments, there will also be some objects that have the “talent” to become monuments. The bike tour will start at 10:00 a.m. in Dessau-Süd at the former Südschwimmhalle. There there will be the possibility to visit the concrete glass wall also from the interior. The tour continues past short stops of further art objects to the former Jakobus parish house, which is equipped with an artistically designed glass window.

After the stops at Krötenhof and Muldstraßenquartier, the bike tour leads to Dessau City Hall. There, the mural created in the early 1950s in the council chamber, but also the stained glass window in the anteroom to the council chamber and the mural design in the hallway of the 1st floor can be visited.At the city hall the bicycle tour ends around 13.30 o’clock. For those interested, information for further explorations on your own will be given in the form of a small “handout”.

Information about the bike tour can also be found at:

Explore the objects open in Dessau-Roßlau:

Mausoleum (with admission to the zoo)
10.00 – 17.00
Insight into the mausoleum and the work of the Jugendbauhütte

New water tower
10.00 – 15.00
Tour, information about the history of the water tower and the association

River bath Rehsumpf
10.00 – 17.00
Guided tours of the grounds and cabin tours

Saxony-Anhalt State Archive
10.00 – 17.00
Opening of the exhibition “Fire and Flame. Igniting things from Anhalt and Central Germany”.

Georgium Castle
13.00 and 14.00
Guided tour “Entry of the Gods” to the antique busts of the round hall

Vase House (Georgengarten)
14.00 – 18.00
Exhibition: Contemporary Art: Julia Ziegler “Athena in front of the Mirrors

Flower Garden House (Georgengarten)
12.00 -17.00
open for interior viewing after completed renovation

Villa Toad Court
10.00 – 17.00
Visit, opening of the café

Museum of Technology (with admission)
10.00 – 17.00
with tour of the wind tunnel

Open churches in and around Dessau-Roßlau

Several churches in the city area participate in the Open Monument Day:

Church of St. Bartholomew Waldersee: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Open Church and Mausoleum.

Johanniskirche after the service (start 11:00 a.m.) – 5:00 p.m.

Pauluskirche Dessau: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; guided tours as needed – coffee and cake

Church of St. George Dessau: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Törten Church 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Petruskirche Dessau 15.00 p.m. Open singing with the singing school

Martin Luther Church Mosgkau: 09.00 a.m. – 18.00 p.m.

Under the theme “Rhythms from far coasts” this year’s concert for the Open Monument Day will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 00 o’clock in the village church of Rodleben. Annett Boose (vocals), Johannes Reiche (saxophone/recitation) and Ekaterina Leontjewa (organ) will perform works by composers from Switzerland, England, France, Latin America, the USA and Germany. We cordially invite you, the entrance is free.

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation grants free admission to its historical objects on Open Monument Day.
(Bauhaus Museum remains chargeable)

In keeping with this year’s Open Monument Day motto Talent Monument, the staff* of the Bauhaus Department will lead tours of the Bauhaus building. The architectural tours will focus on the special qualities of the building that constitute its architectural design and make it a unique Gesamtkunstwerk: Grouping of the building structures with diverse spatial interpenetrations and superimpositions, surfaces and volumes, proportion, the theme of layering, transparency and reflection of the glass facades, light-dark composition, play of light and shadow, color and space, artistic furnishings, aspects of acoustics and comfort.

The architectural tours of the Bauhaus building will take place at 11 + 12 + 13 o’clock. Free tickets are available in the online ticket store.

Program at

Cultural Foundation Dessau-Wörlitz

Every year on Open Monument Day, the KsDW therefore offers insight into those monuments whose doors otherwise remain closed – and deliberately focuses in various specialist tours on the architectural and garden monument preservation challenges of their care and on the findings from various restoration projects.

Special openings in the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom:

Wörlitz Park, Monument: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Opening of the Monument.
Wörlitz Park, Flora Temple: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; opening of the Flora Temple
Oranienbaum Palace Park: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; opening of the pagoda

The Dessau-Wörlitz Cultural Foundation also has various guided tours available in Oranienbaum and Wörlitz.

11 a.m.
Allow me: Gardener for love!
Wörlitz Park, meeting point: Gothic House
A theatrical intervention with Silke Wallstein, Department of Palaces and Collections and texts Andreas Hillger.
Registration: or
+49 (0) 34905 40920

11.00 a.m.
All kinds of citrus – plant treasures in Oranienbaum
Guided tour of the Orangery with Sebastian Doil, Department of Gardens and Waters
Oranienbaum Palace Park, meeting point: Orangery
Registration: or
+49 (0) 34904 20259

The Open Monument Day will be musically framed in the Luisium Palace Park with the concert “…and Sundays to the Luisium at 10.30 a.m. as well as in the historic gallery hall of the rococo Mosigkau Palace, when the Garden Kingdom Summer 2023 will come to its festive conclusion with a concert by the Anhalt String Quartet and Alexander Koryakin at the piano at 5 p.m.

Further information, tickets and registration at