The incredible Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz is an immensely popular World Heritage site, which also had a ground-breaking history featuring a number of German gardening firsts.
The land now occupied by the 'Garden Realm' was first designated in the mid-17th century, when it was gifted to the Prince of Anhalt Dessau as a wedding present. Shortly afterwards a palace was built towards the edge of the grounds. The gardens began to take their current form in the 1760s, when Duke Leopold III decided to create a landscape inspired by his travelling and education.
Dessau-Wörlitz was unique in Germany at that time, as it featured the English idea that a garden could be a working estate. It was also one of the first gardens in the country to welcome the public to enjoy the park at all times.
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Having continued to grow and develop for centuries now, the enthralling gardens are linked by a network of footpaths, bridges and lakes - with a number of beautiful follies and a layout designed to reflect the Age of Enlightenment. Also displaying a number of antique statues, these incredible grounds now encircle a string of palaces, and have become one of Europe's best-loved gardens.