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Dessau Roßlau

Dessau Roßlau

A Mecca For Modern Architecture

Dessau-Roßlau is a city in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt at a point where the rivers Elbe and Mulde join together. The city itself was created in 2007 and half of it (Dessau) is on the left bank of the Mulde whilst the other part (Roßlau) is on the right bank of the Elbe.

The city has a wonderful mixture of different types of architecture and also exhibits the world’s largest amount of Bauhaus structures from the 1920’s.

The Garden Kingdom At Dessau Roßlau

The famous Bauhaus movement of art and architecture was located in Dessau in the years 1925 to 1932 and it has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are pretty parks and the wonderful Gartenreich Dessau-Wörlitz (Garden Kingdom) that was created by Prince Leopold III. It contains palaces and smaller structures alongside meadows, rivers, dykes and lakes.



You can walk, ride or cycle through the Garden Kingdom which was created to harmonise man and nature. The buildings are blended in with the natural surroundings which gives you a feeling of an infinite stretch of uninhabited parkland.

Outside Of Dessau Roßlau

Just on the outskirts of Dessau you will find wonderful neo classical palaces. The Luisium Palace has English gardens and the Rococo Mosigkau Palace houses the picture gallery of Anhalt. There is a zoo at the Mausoleumspark and the remains of the City Castle.

The Bauhaus Movement At Dessau Roßlau

The college of architecture that taught the Bauhaus Movement was moved to Dessau in 1925 when it was forced to close in Weimar. Many well known artists like Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky lectured at the college but once again it was forced to be closed in 1931 when the Nazis started to take control.

You can visit some of the Bauhaus structures in Dessau including the college itself which was designed and built by Walter Adolph Georg Gropius. There is also the Gropius House and the Klee-Kandinsky House.

The Town Hall And Churches

The town hall at Dessau was built in 1901 and has a striking design. There are several churches to see including the Propsteikirche (St Peter and St Paul) and the church of St Josef.

If you like museums then there are some here that are very different to any others you may have encountered. The Hugo Junkers Technical Museum and the Museum of Natural and Prehistory are both worth a visit.

Take a stroll around this unique Baroque town and you will understand why UNESCO has seen fit to make it a part of the World Heritage Sites.

Places To Stay At Dessau Roßlau

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Radisson Blu Fürst Leopold Hotel

Situated close to the main railway station, the Radisson Blu Fürst Leopold Hotel has large air conditioned rooms each with a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. The spa has a range of treatments including massage and there is a fully equipped fitness room.

Just 400 metres from the centre of Dessau, the hotel has a restaurant with International and regional cuisine and after a delicious meal you can sit and enjoy a cocktail or wine in the Ju Bar. There is also a sun terrace where you can sit and watch the sunset whilst relaxing after a trip around Dessau Roßlau or a visit to the theatre which is less than 100 metres away.

Hotel 7 Säulen

A beautiful garden and free parking help to make a stay at the Hotel 7 Säulen enjoyable and easy. This lovely establishment is opposite the UNESCO Bauhaus Meisterhäuser and only 100 metres from the park.

Modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom give you a comfortable place to relax and every morning you can enjoy a superb breakfast buffet. The hotel is close to a wide range of shops and cafes and close by is the Bauhaus College Building. Bikes can be rented so that you can explore this fabulous town in Germany.

NH Dessau

NH Dessau is a great four star hotel which is within a 10 minute walk of the town centre. It has a restaurant which serves a varied menu and a bar where you can enjoy a quiet drink. Or, sit out on the terrace and watch the sun go down.

Rooms are comfortable and modern with courtesy bathrobes and toiletries, a mini bar and cable TV. The hotel has a bike rental service for anyone who wants to do some exploration around the area. With close proximity to the A9, you can stay here but still easily reach Berlin if you want a day in the city.

Getting To Dessau Roßlau

Flights from the UK are numerous to this area of Germany and the public transport system is excellent.

By Air

Fifty kilometres to the south of Dessau Roßlau is Leipzig/Halle airport. From the airport you can take the train or drive to the city.

By Train

The airport station Leipzig/Halle Flughafen is a five minute walk from the terminal. Take a train to Köthen by Deutsche Bahn Intercity which takes around 33 minutes. Then change at Köthen to Dessau Hbf (main station) It is four stops and takes about 20 minutes.



Activities Near To Dessau Roßlau

Outdoor Activities at Dessau Roßlau

The Elbe cycle route is an excellent choice if you want to explore the area around Dessau Roßlau by bike. There are also gondola rides around the lake and these leave from the harbour of Wörlitzer See.

Exploring The Bauhaus Sites In Dessau Roßlau

All of the leading monuments and works of art are within easy walking distance of the town and lie west of the main train station. There are also lovely parks and gardens to wander around and plenty of places to rest your weary feet when you begin to tire. Enjoy the beautiful mosaic paths and follies that help to conjure up the ambiance of the Bauhaus Movement.

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