Day trip to Wörlitz and Dessau

Inspired by the experience of his educational tour in Europe, Prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz of Anhalt-Dessau created the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm in Saxony.Anhalt. It is the first English landscape garden in Germany and the largest cultural landscape in Europe. Since 2000 it has been inscribed on UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

As the highlight at the end of the club year 2018/2019, Welcome to Berlin had a day trip to see the landscape park and visit Dessau on 18 June 2019. The weather was glorious. Dr. Gabriele Haseloff, wife of the Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt Dr. Reiner Haseloff, kindly took the time to accompany the good-humored members of the diplomatic club. After a guided tour of the Wörlitzer Park and the newly renovated castle, the members had the opportunity to refresh and regain energy in the beautifully restored Gasthof zum Eichenkranz.

The group then returned to the bus and headed to Dessau, known for the Bauhaus School established in 1925-1932. In commemoration of its 100th anniversary, the Bauhaus Museum is being built and will open later this year. Interesting sights and anecdotes of the city were also narrated during the bus ride. The group made a brief stopover at the German Environment Agency which was designed by the Berlin architecture firm Sauerbruch-Hutton. The building was constructed with enviromental-safe materials and products to ensure a healthy-living community. The trip continued to the imposing Mausoleum which is the former burial ground of the Dukes of Anhalt in Ziebigk district of Dessau-Rösslauer. The building underwent a number of structural measures. The step by step needed renovation and restoration is funded through private donations. For most of the participants of this tour, it is clear that Dessau is worth more than a trip!

During the return trip to Berlin, Dr. Annemarie Ziefer, the former President of Welcome to Berlin, thanked on behalf of the members the outgoing president, Dr. Gundula Beyer-Zouboulis and vice president, Dr. Ilona Stölken for their 2-years work and dedication to WiB. The day trip was indeed the highlight and a nice ending of the club year!