UNESCO World Heritage Tour
On the UNESCO World Heritage Tour you can combine all four World Heritage Sites and many other sights of our region on a bike tour.
Within a radius of just 35 km, our region boasts four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Luther Memorials in Wittenberg, the Bauhaus with its Masters' Houses and Arcades in Dessau, the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz and the Central Elbe Biosphere Reserve. All places have one thing in common. They are unique in the world! The UNESCO World Heritage sites in the region have joined forces to form the Luther | Bauhaus | Garden Kingdom network.
Experience all the world heritage sites on an approximately 50 km long tour through the heart of the World Heritage Region!
In the old town of Wittenberg, within a radius of 1 km, are the UNESCO Luther memorials, which document the life and work of Martin Luther. Starting with the Luther House, you can continue on foot or by bike to the Melanchthon House, the City Church of St. Mary - Luther's preacher's church, and finally to the Castle Church with the world-famous Thesis Door. Along the way, you will also pass the two Cranach houses and courtyards, which provide information about the life of Lucas Cranach, the mayor of Wittenberg at the time.
Over the Elbe bridge south of the city, you cycle along the Elbe meadows until the first buildings of the Wörlitz garden architecture can already be seen along the way. The Elbe cycle path leads directly to Wörlitz Park - another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, Prince Leopold III had his Enlightenment ideas implemented in a park complex, which invites visitors to enjoy its castles, gardens and garden architecture. The various highlights of the complex, such as Wörlitz Castle, the Gothic House or Stein Island, can be explored particularly well with a gondola ride on the passing waters.
By bike or with the unique Dessau-Wörlitz railroad, the onward journey to Oranienbaum can be started (free bike transport possible in the Heide-Bahn).
In Oranienbaum you will find another ensemble of the Garden Kingdom. The castle and park was built at the end of the 17th century in honor of the Dutch Princess Henriette Catharina of Orange-Nassau.
The last stop on the World Heritage tour is reached via a particularly idyllic stretch of road through the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve. It is not for nothing that the unspoiled river landscape has been designated a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site.
Arrived in Dessau-Roßlau, the game can be concluded with an art and cultural highlight of the modern age. Only 2019 was celebrated in Dessau-Roßlau the 100-year anniversary of the Bauhaus ensemble around the design and architecture school and the master houses. However, it has already counted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. In 2017, you were extended by the arcade houses.
In Dessau-Roßlau it is worthwhile to extend by a few more days. For example, you can take a detour on the garden kingdom tour "Prince Franz" to see more foothills of the garden kingdom, such as the Georgium or the Luisium Castle. Or they cycle along the Bauhaus tour through the city area and look at all the architectural highlights around Walter Gropius and his Bauhaus school.
Whoever wants to return to Wittenberg from Dessau-Roßlau can get back to Lutherstadt by train in a direct route. Who still has stamina and desire to cycle, drives from Dessau on the Ellberadweg via Vockerode, Wörlitz and Coswig (Anhalt) to Wittenberg.
From Lutherstadt Wittenberg, follow the signs for the Elbe Cycle Path to Wörlitz. From Wörlitz, the signposted Garden Kingdom Tour Fürst Franz leads to Oranienbaum. The Europaradweg R1 leads from here through the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz to Dessau-Roßlau.
Daten & Fakten
- Lutherstadt Wittenberg
- Coswig (Anhalt)
In Dessau-Roßlau it is worthwhile to extend by a few more days. For example, you can take a detour on the Garden Kingdom Tour "Prince Franz" to see even more foothills of the Garden Kingdom, such as the Georgium or the Rococo castle Mosigkau. Or they cycle along the Bauhaus tour through the city area and look at all the architectural highlights around Walter Gropius and his Bauhaus school.