Dessau, now Dessau-Roßlau, has a population of approx. 90.000 and is the third largest city in the Saxony-Anhalt region of Germany. Dessau is historically the capital of the principality (later dukedom) of Anhalt(-Dessau). In the 20th century it became famous for the "Bauhaus" & "Junkers". Buildings and parks in and around Dessau ("Garden kingdom of Dessau-Wörtlitz"), built in the second half of the 18th century during the time of enlightenment by prince Franz, became listed as world cultural heritage as well as the Bauhaus buildings.

Dessau is located on the river Mulde which discharges into the Elbe just north of the city. The meadows of Mulde and Elbe are protected biosphere reservation.

Get in

By plane

Nearest Airports are Leipzig (IATA: LEJ) and Berlin (IATA: TXL, SXF). Allow 90 minutes transfer from LEJ (S-Bahn to Leipzig or Halle main station, and than on to Dessau by regional train), 2,5 to 3 hours from the other airports using public transport.

By car

The easiest way to get to Dessau is by car, using the motorway A9. It has three exits depending on where are you coming from. If you arriving from north use the exit "Dessau Ost" (faster) or "Vockerode" on a more scenic route. From the south the exit is "Dessau Süd".

By train

There is also a possibility to arrive by train. Regional trains connect to Wittenberg (30 minutes), Leipzig (60 minutes), Halle (50 minutes), Köthen (20 minutes) and Magdeburg (60 minutes) on an hourly and Berlin (100 minutes) on a 2-hourly basis. Exit at Dessau Hbf. (Dessau main station). There are some more suburb stations, which are usually not relevant for visitors.

By bus

see long distance bus travel in Germany

Get around

Most sites in or near the city centre, including Bauhaus building, Master houses, Georgium park, can be reached by foot.

However, if you want to visit some more parks and palaces in the suburbs or vicinity of Dessau, walking is not an alternative. Flat topography and a dense and reasonably maintained network of bicycle paths make touring by bicycle the recommended way of getting around. You can take bikes on regional trains within Saxony-Anhalt for free, from outside Saxony-Anhalt for a couple of Euro. There is a bicycle hire in front of Dessau main station in the Mobilitätszentrale (mobility centre), prices are 6 to 7 Euro per day.

Getting around by car is generally easy. There is not too much traffic. Finding a parking space is usually no problem, parking fees may apply in the city centre. Some fine landscape in the Mulde or Elbe meadows are not accessible by car though.

There is public transport, too. Two tramway lines start at the main station and connect with the south (Line 1) and the west (Line 3) of the city. Several bus lines serve all parts of the city. However, they have poor frequency esp. at weekends and do not serve places of tourist interest easily. In many cases you will reach your destination by walking even before some bus even came by, by cycling anyway. Tickets for a single journey are 1,50 Euro at the Mobilitätszentrale or vending machines (also in the trams), 2 Euro at the bus driver.


Main attractions of the city are:

Bauhaus building



In the city centre there is the standard shopping choice. Two shopping malls in the city centre, Rathaus-Center (between Kavalierstrasse and Zerbster Strasse) and Dessau-Center on Franzstrasse/Askanische Strasse offer the same indoor.

Worth having a look at are:


There are several restaurants and bars in the city centre and on Zerbster Strasse. There is a food court inside the centrally located shopping mall Rathauscenter.

Worth noting for their special flair are:


There are plenty of hotels and private B&B in and around Dessau. Enquire with Tourist Information.



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