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Gartenreichsommer in Wörlitz

Pompous baroque gardens, artfully laid out landscape parks and idyllic grounds with botanical abundance - parks & gardens have shaped the image of Europe for centuries. Saxony-Anhalt is also full of historic garden dreams, of which more than 15 picturesque plants of the association 'Garden Dreams' and numerous other parks and gardens on the route from Goslar to Dessau.

On the way with the bike you can get to know different types of gardens from the castle park to the monastery garden, from the forest park to the landscape park to the collegiate garden. Not to forget the charming sculptures, castles and manor houses, which are usually in the center of the grounds and tell in the ensemble of the history of garden art from the Baroque to today



Pure deceleration you experience first at the edge of the Harz National Park, which impresses with a legendary mountain wilderness with vast forests, bizarre rocks, centuries-old moors and the majestic Brocken in the distance.

Unforgettable experiences offer then a walk through the monastery gardens in Michaelstein, classical concerts in front of the dreamlike Kulisse the baroque castle gardens Blankenburg or a picnic in the castle park Ballenstedt.

Continue through the Naturpark Unteres Saaletal with the Saalestadt Bernburg as a special highlight in the middle of the protected area. The nature park fascinates with its picturesque river course past steep cliffs and narrow valleys and a fairy-tale floodplain landscape.

In conclusion, a 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" in the 18th century a total of seven gardens after English model let create, which were accessible for the first time to a broad public for educational purposes.

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

WomenPlaces in Saxony-Anhalt

Experience women's stories

The project FrauenOrte (Women's Places), which was founded in 2000, has set out in search of traces of historical women's personalities, bringing significant women's stories to life at over 50 locations. Different living spaces and designs of remarkable 'daughters of the region' are shown, who have achieved outstanding things in political, social, cultural, scientific or economic terms. While Drübeck Monastery on the "Romanesque Road" 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 learn 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 during the reconstruction after the Thirty Years' War.

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Eulenspiegelturm in Bernburg (Saale)

Romanesque Road

A voyage of discovery into the German and European Middle Ages

Between 950 and 1250, the region of what is now Saxony-Anhalt developed into a political and cultural center of Europe under the rule of the Ottonians. As hardly in any other federal state, the legacies from this heyday have been preserved in Saxony-Anhalt in such splendor and diversity. Since 2007, the "Romanesque Road" has been networked throughout Europe and is part of the European Cultural Route TRANSROMANICA, designated by the Council of Europe, which links Romanesque buildings in Saxony-Anhalt, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Romania and Serbia. As if strung on a string of pearls, more than ten monasteries and cathedrals, treasuries, village churches, castles and palaces present themselves along the European Cycle Route R1 as contemporary witnesses of a pioneering era of German and European history of the Middle Ages.

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Regional products along the cultural history

Harzer Likör Manukfaktur

Regional brand Typical Harz

Excellent culinary specialties and traditional handicrafts

The Harz region is rich in high-quality products, culinary specialties and traditional crafts. More and more are awarded with the regional brand "Typisch Harz". When awarding the label, in addition to the criteria to be met by the respective product group, the qualitative value of the product plays a central role according to the principle of "class instead of mass". The label "Typisch Harz" is awarded in nine product groups.
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A regional coffee speciality from the World Heritage region

In the middle of Corona time came the idea for a very special community project - A good, regional coffee as a delicious souvenir for home. The World Heritage Coffee is a cooperation project of the World Heritage Region Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e.V. and the regional coffee roasters Hannemann Köthen and Kaffeemänner Aschersleben. Both coffee roasters is located on the Europaradweg R1.
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The highlights along the cultural history

Arrival information

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

In all local trains of Deutsche Bahn, bicycle transport is possible free of charge in Saxony-Anhalt as well as in local trains within the Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund (MDV) 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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Harzer Tourismusverband e.V.
Market Street 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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