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Meisterhaus in Dessau

A unique cultural landscape has grown along the Elbe over centuries, combining nature, architecture, art and revolutionary history of ideas. Together with the Central Elbe Biosphere Reserve, the Luther memorials in Wittenberg, the Bauhaus buildings in Dessau and the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz form the UNESCO World Heritage Triangle Luther | Bauhaus | Garden Kingdom | Elbe - the heart of the World Heritage Region Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg.


You can get an idea of the city of tomorrow from the perspective of the 1920s on a tour of Dessau, where the Bauhaus idea developed at the Hochschule für Gestaltung from 1925 - 1932: simple and functional architecture as an interplay of architecture, art and craft, which was created with industrially prefabricated parts according to the modular principle and was intended to be accessible to everyone. Here you can visit model houses of modernism such as the Master Houses, which are now purely exhibition buildings.
By bike you will then cross the
beautiful river landscape along the Mittelelbe with its extraordinary beaver castles and rare floodplains. In the middle of it all lies the magnificent Gartenreich Dessau-Wörlitz, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, including all its buildings, gardens and art exhibitions.
it's off to Lutherstadt Wittenberg, where the Protestant Reformation was initiated more than 500 years ago, a movement that would soon sweep all of Europe. Even today, European Reformation history can be experienced in the city, for example in the Lutherhaus or in the Castle Church with its famous Thesis Door.
In the Naturpark Hoher Fläming, a sparsely populated, densely wooded hilly landscape, almost paradisiacal for quiet seekers, is first rest and recharge your batteries before Potsdam with its 15 magnificent castles and parks is reached. Since 1990, the castles and parks of Potsdam and Berlin have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a time travel into 400 years of Prussian-European history.

Highlights of cultural history

UNESCO Bauhaus buildings Dessau

From the Kornhaus restaurant in the north, to the Bauhaus building and the Masters' Houses, to the Dessau-Törten estate in the south - Dessau has more original Bauhaus buildings than any other city. The most significant are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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UNESCO Central Elbe Biosphere Reserve

The Central Elbe Biosphere Reserve is one of the oldest biosphere reserves in Germany. The Elbe, as the third largest river in Germany, stands here as a meandering band at the center of the biosphere reserve.

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UNESCO Luther Memorials Wittenberg

Almost 500 years ago, the whole world was looking at the small town of Wittenberg on the Elbe River when Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation by posting his theses at the castle church.

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Falknerei Wörlitzer Park

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Falconry in Germany

The art of falconry is at least 3500 years old and was included as a special cultural heritage practice in 2010 in the list of intangible cultural heritage. First exercised in Central Asia, the so-called Beizjagd reached Europe via East Asia. Hunting with birds of prey requires a lot of patience and empathy and a great deal of knowledge that has been passed down through generations. Impressive owl and bird of prey shows take place in the falconry at Wörlitzer Park from March to November. Here, huge vultures, mighty eagles, smallest falcons and owls present their flying skills. Continuing in the direction of Brandenburg, a dreamlike view over the High Fläming awaits you at Rabenstein Castle, which towers 153 meters above sea level. The medieval castle offers a great backdrop for the ancient craft of Fläming falconry. Here, too, there are daily flight demonstrations with European native birds of prey and a direct reference to the native nature.

Ferropolis - Stadt aus Eisen

FERROPOLIS- City of Iron

Part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH).

On the site where the Golpa-Nord open pit mine used to be, five large open pit mines are now open to visitors all year round, and some can be walked on. With this imposing backdrop, FERROPOLIS is a popular venue for music, sports and cultural events, as well as a popular camping site during the summer months.
Since the opening of the Ferropolis arena in 2000, world stars have been performing at concerts and festivals. Ferropolis is part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH), a living museum full of impressive tangible history. The mixture of music, light storms and nature experience in the shadow of the iron colossi make a visit to the unique arena an unforgettable event.

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Regional products along the cultural history

Familie beim Picknick auf der Schlosswiese Wittenberg

WorldHeritageEnjoyment in the WorldHeritageRegion

We invite you on a culinary journey through the World Heritage Region Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg! Whether in the small fine restaurant "von Bora" on the Lutherhof in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, with a cool drink and me view of the Elbe on the Elbe terrace in Wörlitz or in the style of the Bauhaus in the hotel 7 columns directly opposite the master houses in Dessau. Along the Europaradweg many restaurants with regional delicacies invite you to take a break.
And those who still have room in their luggage can take home the RegioKiste from the Middle Elbe or the Anhaltkiste from the World Heritage Region.

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Fläming-Forelle auf dem Teller

Fläming trout

In Fläming there are clear streams, which are home to brown trout and other animals that depend on oxygen-rich, cold, clean water. Along the streams, various trout farms have settled in the past, some of which are still active today. The farmed trout (especially rainbow trout) can be found on many menus of the region's inns - be sure to try them! Some trout farms also offer in the farm store smoked goods to take away for the road.

Old Sandhill Whiskey

Old Sandhill Whisky

The Eggenstein family has been distilling the traditional single malt whisky in the old Sandberg district of the town of Bad Belzig since 2012. Only the best raw materials are used in the production of the single malt whisky - exclusively barley malt, water from the Hohe Fläming Nature Park and specially developed whisky yeast. The distillates mature for at least five years in barrique oak barrels. Already at the first presentation to an international jury of experts in Berlin, the single malt whisky was convincing and has since received various awards. Whisky tastings are held regularly at the distillery at the foot of Eisenhardt Castle.

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The highlights along the cultural history

Arrival information

The stage start and end points of Dessau-Roßlau, Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, Bad Belzig and Potsdam can easily be reached by train.

In all local trains of Deutsche Bahn, bicycle transport in Saxony-Anhalt as well as in local trains within the Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund (MDV) is possible free of charge within the scope of available capacities.

The Europaradweg R1 crosses the following cycle routes on this section:


Contact information

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WelterbeRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e.V.
Neustraße 13
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Tel. 03491 402610

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Tourism Association Fläming e.V.
To the station 9
14547 Beelitz
Tel. 033204 62870

Our daily stage recommendation

Stage Dessau-Roßlau - Lutherstadt Wittenberg

On this stage, the R1 winds its way through a region where world-shaking events began, the artistic avant-garde found a home and an enlightened prince created a treasure trove of garden art. Together with the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve, the Luther memorials, the Bauhaus buildings and the...

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Stage Lutherstadt Wittenberg - Bad Belzig

From the Elbe to the gates of the capital Berlin stretches the Fläming. Endless expanses, dreamlike sunsets and varied nature make it easy to switch off here. In Fläming, creative minds, activity enthusiasts and culture lovers will find plenty of inspiration.

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Stage Bad Belzig - Potsdam

From the thermal brine spa Bad Belzig, this tour leads via Beelitz-Heilstätten to Havelland, where Fontane was already on the move on his walks. The highlight at the end is the state capital Potsdam with its garden art at the highest level.

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