Forrest Mallard - May 11, 2021

Dessau-Wörlitz Garden
Realm Saxony, Germany
Start: Wörlitz Park
End: Wörlitz Park
Distance: Various
Time: Various
Difficulty: Easy
Surface: Grass, Garden Paths


The Garden Realm of Dessau-Wörlitz is one of Europe’s finest examples of eighteenth-century “Age of Enlightenment” English-style landscape design. More than just a garden, it spreads across its 55-square-mile (143-sq-km) floodplain near the confluence of the Elbe and Mulde rivers like a vast, green mosaic in the midst of the historic principality of An halt-Dessau. It is a naturalistic landscape deliberately at odds with the common Baroque formality of the time, created at the behest of Duke Leopold Ill who had recently returned from a Grand Tour of Europe.

Dessau-Wörlitz Garden 01

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, the landscape comprises many parks, palaces, and gardens laid out between i 764 and 1800, and using the waters of the Elbe to give it life. It is the venue for a perfect day’s walking, or even two. At its core are its historic gardens with their associated palaces, buildings, and sculptures, but add to that a playground of bridges, watchtowers, and statuary, complemented by ornamental plantings set around fields, meadows, and orchards. One of its most beautiful buildings is the Schloss Luisium, the neoclassical home of Princess Louise of Anhalt-Dessau, with its tiny but functional rooms, set in its own 35-acre (14-ha) garden filled with statues, gatehouses, and a ruined arch.


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Hi! I'm Forrest Mallard

In 2005, I moved to Quito, Ecuador with $35 in my pocket and a small handful of online clients. Fifteen years and five continents later, there were moments of absolute glamour, as well as a number of brutal rough patches. But I always felt that a horrible day of travel is infinitely more preferable than a great day at the office. Oh the stories I could tell, and I will try to do that here in Tramposaurus Treks. You'll have access to the good times, the horrifying times, and a few well-deserved moments of travel glamour.

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