On tour through
From the classic city tour to the search after Walter Gropius, we offer diverse opportunities to discover the history of the city of Dessau-Roßlau.
Book your public guided tour directly on site, by phone or via mail and get to know the secrets of Saxony-Anhalt’s third regional center in person for once.
Please note that the public guided tours are held in German.
Important notice regarding the current Corona Containment Ordinance:
Since 05.11.2021, the 3G regulation applies to participation in the city tours. Participants must show proof of full vaccination status, recovery or a negative test result. The test must not be older than 24 hours.
Christmas European Journey
Inspired by Prince Franz’s Grand Tour, you will take a walk through the Georgengarten on a journey through Christmas Europe. Franz and his princely tour group were on the road for two and a half years, during which time they visited Italy, France, Holland and England.
After their return, the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom was created, in which Prince Franz and his brother Johann Georg recreated their travel impressions in order to offer the common people the possibility of an educational journey through Europe. During a walk through the Garden Kingdom, they were thus able to get to know the buildings, living conditions and customs of other countries.
So you can travel to seven countries in seventy minutes, hear familiar and unfamiliar stories about their Christmas traditions, and learn the origins of many a custom.
From April to October
- Monday – Thursday 5.00 p. m.
- Saturday, Holidays* 11.00 a. m.
- Saturday 11.00 a. m. (except 25.12.)
- New Year’s Eve 11.00 a. m.
*Easter Sunday and Monday, May 1, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday and Monday, October 3, Reformation Day
per person 8 € / reduced 6 €
approx. 90 minutes
City tour downtown
Discover the changeful history of the city on a tour. Dessau-Rosslau has a history of eight hundred years, offers four times World Heritage and is a place where the lives of many famous people crossed.
The tour shows how the Bauhaus came to Dessau, what the city has to do with the Basic Law and why some of its children are better known abroad than in their birthplace. The tour brings urban spaces to life and gives contemporary witnesses from a wide variety of epochs a chance to speak, in order to unite the city of Father Franz and Erdmannsdorff, Moses Mendelssohn and Kurt Weill, Max and Wilhelm Müller, Junkers, Gropius, Kandinsky and many others into a picture full of contrasts.
01.05., 15.05., 05.06., 19.06., 03.07.,
17.07., 07.08., 04.09., 18.09.
each 2.00 p. m.
Participation is limited to a maximum of 20 people.
per person 15 € / reduced 12 €
Bike rental is possible (10 € per bike and day).
Bike Tour Bauhaus – Junkers – Garden Kingdom
With the plants of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom, Prince Franz of Anhalt-Dessau set a reform program in motion that 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.
Ises golden Twenties
Ise and Walter Gropius have an appointment with the mayor Fritz Hesse. But Walter Gropius is not at the appointed place. In search of her husband, Ise Gropius therefore takes the visitors on a journey through the nighttime Dessau in the Golden Twenties.
An exciting guided tour of the city in times gone by.
Night Guards Tour
Follow one of the poorly paid guardians of order and security on his tour of the city and learn about the part of Dessau’s history that takes place in secret: Assassination and forbidden pleasures, secret love affairs and devilishly strange apparitions.
Experience Dessau in an unusual way – magical music, legends and stories between the palace, Kavalierstraße and the town hall can be heard on this tour of unusual places in the city center. The tour ends with a glass of sparkling wine at Bistro Merci.
Note: Unfortunately, we cannot offer this tour until further notice. Visiting the tower of St. Mary’s Church is currently not allowed doe to the Corona regulations.
For compensation, we will offer on these dates the city tour instead. Starting time is 5.00 p. m.
23.04., 14.05., 25.06., 16.07., 27.08., 24.09.
each 6.00 p. m.
5.00 p. m.
per person 12,50 € / reduced 8 €
approx. 2 hours
The tower guard from St. Mary's church
The tower guard is a talkative woman who misses nothing in the city. Dressed in a historical costume, she guides her guests through the old city center. She tells stories about the old Dessau.
The walk ends with a Dessau beer or an apple spritzer at the “boozer board” of the inn brewery “Zum Alten Dessauer”.
Once Arcadia and back
On an educational trip that took him through Italy, France, Holland and England, Prince Franz of Anhalt-Dessau collected impressions and experiences in the mid-18th century, which he implemented in the modernization of his princedom.
On the walk through the Georgengarten you will recreate this grand tour.
Embedded in the extensive idyllic landscape garden, you will see Greek temples, Roman ruins, Celtic tumuli and Egyptian sphinxes.
Saturdays and Sundays
every 01.00 p.m. and 03.00 p.m.
September and October
every 01.00 p.m. and 03.00 p.m.
per person 15 € / reduced 13 €
Tickets are available at the Tourist Information Dessau and on site at the bus.
approx. 90 – 100 minutes
Bus stop between the main post office and the Bauhaus Museum
Friedrichstraße – corner Kavalierstraße
Tour with double decker bus
From Hobusch, Junkers and Gropius… Dessau in the double-decker bus especially experienced.
But honestly, there is much more to it than the three people mentioned. Learn about Dessau’s history from its beginnings as a residential town, through industrialization to the present day.
In a good 90 minutes we will take you through the city to all the important places that you must have seen.
But don’t worry, it’s not just a dry lecture on dates, various cheerful stories from over 800 years of city history will put a smile on your face.