Dessau Travel Guide

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Dessau Things to Do

  • Kurt Weill Center

    The composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) was born in Dessau as the son of a Jewish Kantor. He is best known in Germany for The Three Penny Opera (1928) and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1930) -- both to texts by German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), about whom I have said more on my Augsburg page. When Weill had to flee...

  • Anhalt Theatre Dessau

    The Anhalt Theatre Dessau is the cultural centre of the town. It serves as theatre, opera, dance theatre and houses the Anhalt Philharmonic Orchestra. It is the largest theatre in Saxony-Anhalt. According to a local our guild over 500 performances take place here yearly. The ticket price depends on the performance. Students and kids get a discount.

  • Dietrich Palace

    This baroque palace in the center of Dessau was built between 1747 - 1752 and was originally the palace of Prince Dietrich and his wife Princess Henriette Amalie. In the years from 1777 - 1793 it served as the seat of philanthropist Basedow. A few years ago the building was completely restored and today it houses the scientific library of the...

  • Umweltbundesamt

    The Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency) is an architectural highlight, hidden behind the Wörlitzer Bahnhof (Wörlitz Station - a former station which serves now as an office building). This composition of glass, steal and wood was made by the architects Sauerbruch and Hutton. It appears outwardly that the building has no rectangular corner....

  • Museum for Natural History and...

    This building is a kind of landmark. Located on the busiest intersection in town it catches everyones eyes. This copy of the St. Spiritus Hospital near Rome was build in the mid 18th century as a charitable institution. Today it hosts the Museum for Natural History and Prehistory. The museum is open daily except mondays from 10am to 5pm (Thusdays...

  • St. George's Church

    This Baroque chruch was built in early 18th century. It is located a few hundred meters south of the market square. In the 1960s and later in the early 1990s the church became extensively restored.

  • Johannbau

    The Johannbau, originally built around 1530, is perhaps the most beautiful building in town. The Renaissssance wing of the former castle was reconstructed after the fire air raids in 1944/45. Today it houses the City Museum with permanent exhibitions.The museum is opened daily except mondays from 10am to 5pm. Admission is about € 3,-- (in 2006)

  • Der Alte Dessauer

    "Der Alte Dessauer" can be translated as the old man of Dessau. This memorial near St. Mary's Church is a trubute to Prince Leopold I. of Anhalt-Dessau. The Prince was general field marshal in the Prussian army who created the Prussian infantry.He brought the Gose beer to Leipzig (the town, not me), which is still a popular and unique type of which...

  • St. Mary's Church

    This Late Gothic gem with Renaissance elements can be found right behind the town hall. It was originally built between 1506 - 1554 by the architects Schmiedeberg and Binder. Due to an air raid in 1944 which destroyed over 90% of the city the church became destroyed. After reunification the church was rebuilt.

  • Bauhaus Building

    With constructing the Bauhaus Building, based on designs by Walter Gropius in 1925, Dessau became famous in the modern world. The building opened as the High School for Design. Later more buildings in Bauhaus style were erected in the city.UNESCO has added the Bauhaus Building to their World Heritage List in December 1996.

  • Anhaltisches Theater Dessau

    Gigantomania was a common feature of all the Nazi building projects, and this theater in Dessau was no exception. With over a thousand seats, it was one of the largest theaters in Germany when it was built in the 1930s on orders of the local Nazi ruler. Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels attended the grand opening in 1938 -- a performance of Weber's...

  • Masters' Houses (1925-26)

    Walter Gropius designed these houses for himself and several of the other Bauhaus "Masters" such as the painters Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) and Paul Klee (1879-1940).The houses do not look extraordinary today, but were shockingly modern and luxurious at the time. They included glass fronts (then highly unusual) and...


Dessau Hotels

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  • NH Dessau

    This is a convenient, centrally located hotel. I didn't choose it myself, but have no complaints...

  • Etap Hotel Dessau Ost

    Sollnitzer Allee 4, Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, 06842, Germany

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Fuerst Leopold

    Friedensplatz, Dessau 06844

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Dessau Transportation

  • Dessau Main Station (Hauptbahnhof)

    Dessau is well served by regional and long-distance trains to and from Erfurt, Halle, Leipzig, Magdeburg and Berlin. The second photo shows an interesting text panel (interesting if you can read German, that is) which is set up outside the station, showing how the immediate environs of the station have been changed in various phases of recent...

  • Getting there

    Situated halfway from Berlin to Leipzig. Good traffic connections by rail and road to International Airport Leipzig. Located on Autobahn 9 (Berlin - Leipzig- Nuremberg - Munich).

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Dessau Local Customs

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    During the nearly forty years of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) thousands of these pre-fab Plattenbau apartment buildings were built all over the country.

    These buildings have not aged gracefully, for the most part, and some have been torn down, but others are now being modernized and successfully marketed.

    Pre-fab GDR buildings in Dessau

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Dessau What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Sep 6, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 20°C ( 49 - 68°F ); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 - 49°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 25°C ( 72 - 77°F ); min: 12 - 14°C ( 53 - 58°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 11°C ( 36 – 51°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 6°C ( 38 - 43°F); min: 0 - 2°C ( 32 - 36°F )

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Dessau Off The Beaten Path

  • Adult Education Center (VHS)

    This building was originally a drab pre-fab Plattenbau, built in 1982. A typical building from the era of the German Democratic Republic (GDR).In 2001 it was empty and desolate, and they were seriously thinking of tearing it down, but instead it has been completely modernized and renovated (funded 3/4 by the European Union and 1/4 by the city of...

  • Schwabe Haus

    In this house lived and workedfrom 1830 to 1875Samuel Heinrich Schwabe(born 25.X.1789 - died 11.IV.1875)Natural scientist and astronomer.From here he studied the sun for four decades,here he discovered the eleven-year cycle of sun spots.The house has recently been restored and is used by several progressive and ecological organizations such as the...

  • Tag der Elbe

    "Tag der Elbe" (Day of Elbe River), is an annual event where hundred of brave swimmer swimm across the fast flowing stream. In 2006 the Naturathlon took place at the same time (location variies each year). My company took place and formed a team. Several tasks had to be done. I was part of the dragon boat team. Unfortuntely we were not the best...


Dessau Favorites

  • Leipzig's Profile Photo

    by Leipzig Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Walking in the nature. As everywhere in Germany in the Leipzig Lowland Basin a lot of oilseed is plant for edible oil as well as for fuel for cars. Oilseed grows in spring and early summer and has its own smell.

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