From Weimar to Bad Muskau via Dessau-Wörlitz and Potsdam
Length: approx. 463 km – We recommend three or four overnight stays.
Among the many places to visit in Weimar are the sites associated with Goethe und Schiller and the huge parks and gardens from the World Heritage period of ‘Classical Weimar’. The Bauhaus buildings beside the park on the river Ilm are part of another UNESCO World Heritage site.
The inspiration for this park, which Goethe helped to design, was the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz – the next stop along the route. A long walk or a gondola trip are ideal ways to admire the palaces, parks and gardens as well as the sculptures, follies and tree-lined avenues. It’s then on to Potsdam with its magnificent palaces, of which Sanssouci – the summer residence of Frederick the Great – is the main attraction.
Both palace and park belong to the Potsdam UNESCO World Heritage, together with the Russian Alexandrowka colony, the New Garden, the parks and palaces of Babelsberg and Glienicke, Peacock Island and Sacrow Palace and park with the Saviour’s Church.
The final leg of your tour brings you to Bad Muskau. En route it’s well worth making a small detour to visit the Spree Forest, which became a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1991.
In Bad Muskau, you can walk in the footsteps of the landscape architect Prince Pückler, whose legacy can be discovered at many sites of his former estate. His masterwork Muskau Park occupies 830 hectares and today extends across the Polish border.