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Gartenreichsommer in Wörlitz

Pompous baroque gardens, artistically designed landscape parks and idyllic grounds with botanical abundance - parks and gardens have shaped the image of Europe for centuries. Saxony-Anhalt is also full of historical garden dreams, with over 15 picturesque parks and gardens of the 'Gartenträume' association as well as numerous other parks and gardens on the route from Goslar to Dessau.

On the way by bike, you can get to know different types of gardens, from the palace park to the monastery garden, from the forest park to the landscape park to the monastery garden. Not forgetting the charming sculptures, castles and manor houses, which are usually at the center of the grounds and tell the story of garden art from the Baroque era to the present day



You can experience pure relaxation on the edge of the Harz National Park, which impresses with its legendary mountain wilderness with extensive forests, bizarre rocks, centuries-old moors and the majestic Brocken in the distance.

Unforgettable experiences are then offered by a walk through the monastery gardens in Michaelstein, classical concerts in front of the fantastic backdropse of the baroque Blankenburg Castle Gardens or a picnic in the Ballenstedt Castle Park.

Continue through the Lower Saale Valley Nature Park with the Saalestadt Bernburg as a particular highlight in the middle of the protected area. The nature park fascinates visitors with its picturesque river course past steep cliffs and narrow valleys and a fairytale floodplain landscape.

A final must-see is the UNESCO Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, which is considered a total work of art of the Enlightenment. Inspired by his travels in Europe, the then reigning "Prince Franz" had a total of seven gardens created in the 18th century based on the English model, which were made accessible to the general public for educational purposes for the first time.

Ballenstedt Castle and Castle Park

A fairy-tale castle in the Harz Mountains, that's what they say about Ballenstedt Castle. And really, the baroque three-winged complex, which was built in the 18th century incorporating the former medieval monastery complex, is fantastically beautiful.

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Lower Saale Valley Nature Park

The beauty of the landscape of the Lower Saale Valley along the course of the river Saale with fairy-tale floodplain forests, steep cliffs and narrow valleys has always inspired artists in their work.

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Schloss und Park Luisium, Dessau-Roßlau

Women's places in Saxony-Anhalt

Experience women's stories

Founded in 2000, the FrauenOrte (Women's Places) project has embarked on a search for traces of historical female personalities, bringing important women's stories to life at over 50 locations. On display are different living spaces and concepts of remarkable 'daughters of the region' who have achieved outstanding things in political, social, cultural, scientific or economic terms. While Drübeck Abbey on the 'Romanesque Road', for example, focuses on its eventful history from 960 onwards with regard to its great female personalities, in Quedlinburg everything revolves around women's education in the Klopstock House and in the birth and death house of Dr. Dorothea Erxleben, Germany's first female doctor. You can then find out more about Henriette Catharina at the former Dessau Palace and Oranienbaum Palace. The former Princess of Anhalt-Dessau brought important economic and cultural impulses from the modern Netherlands to the reconstruction after the Thirty Years' War.

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Eulenspiegelturm in Bernburg (Saale)

Romanesque Road

Journey of discovery into the German and European Middle Ages

Between 950 and 1250, the region that is now Saxony-Anhalt developed into a political and cultural center of Europe under the rule of the Ottonians. Hardly any other federal state in Saxony-Anhalt has preserved the legacy of this heyday in such splendor and diversity. Since 2007, the "Romanesque Route" has been networked throughout Europe and is part of the TRANSROMANICA European Cultural Route, which has been designated by the Council of Europe and links Romanesque buildings in Saxony-Anhalt, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Romania and Serbia. Like a string of pearls, over ten monasteries and cathedrals, treasure chambers, village churches, castles and palaces along the R1 European cycle route bear witness to a pioneering period of German and European history in the Middle Ages.


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Regional products along the cultural history

Harzer Likör Manukfaktur

Typical Harz regional brand

Excellent culinary specialties and traditional craftsmanship

The Harz Mountains are rich in high-quality products, culinary specialties and traditional crafts. More and more are being awarded the "Typically Harz" regional label. In addition to the criteria to be met by the respective product group, the qualitative value of the product plays a central role in awarding the label in line with the principle of "quality not quantity". The "Typically Harz" label is awarded in nine product groups.
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World Heritage Coffee

A regional coffee specialty from the World Heritage region

In the middle of the Corona period, the idea for a very special joint project was born - a good, regional coffee as a delicious souvenir to take home. The World Heritage Coffee is a cooperation project between the World Heritage Region Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e.V. and the regional coffee roasters Hannemann Köthen and Kaffeemänner Aschersleben. Both coffee roasteries are located on the R1 European Cycle Route.
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The highlights along the cultural history

Travel information

The stage start and end points Goslar, Wernigerode, Thale, Seeland/Gatersleben, Bernburg (Saale) and Dessau-Roßlau are easily accessible by train.

Bicycles can be taken on all Deutsche Bahn local trains in Saxony-Anhalt and on local trains within the Central German Transport Association (MDV) free of charge, subject to available capacity.

The R1 European Cycle Route crosses the following cycle routes on this section:


Contact information

Logo WelterbeRegion

World Heritage Region Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e.V.
Neustraße 13
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Tel. 03491 402610

Logo Harz

Harzer Tourismusverband e.V.
Marktstraße 45
38640 Goslar
Tel. 053 2134040

Our daily stage recommendation

Stage Goslar-Wernigerode

This stage starts in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Goslar and leads along the northern edge of the Harz Mountains through the spa towns of Bad Harzburg and Ilsenburg to Wernigerode, the colorful town on the Harz Mountains.

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Stage Wernigerode - Thale

The Harz Mountains are an enchanting natural backdrop, dotted with charming half-timbered towns and historic buildings. Hikers from the Harz Mountains, such as Goethe and Heine, have given this low mountain range landscape a permanent place in world literature and it still has an inspiring...

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Stage Thale - Seeland

On the stage in the eastern Harz foreland, natural experiences of the Harz mountains alternate with cultural and historical highlights of the Romanesque period. The trail leads through a pioneering era of German and European history to the founding sites of the Principality of Anhalt.

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Stage Seeland - Bernburg (Saale)

Coming from the Harz district, the R1 enters the Salzland district and first crosses the Harzer Seeland, an extensive nature and recreation area with a charming landscape and magnificent views. The name of the district refers to the mineral wealth of salt, which still characterizes the region...

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Stage Bernburg (Saale) - Dessau-Roßlau

This stage leads through the center of a region that is rich in significant evidence of human thought and creativity. Whether architecture, medicine, jurisprudence, music or literature - progressive thinking and emancipation have shaped the Anhalt region for over eight centuries. Today, the bear...

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