Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (2000) 
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The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz is an exceptional example of landscape design and planning of the Age of the Enlightenment, the 18th century. 

Its diverse components - outstanding buildings, landscaped parks and gardens in the English style, and subtly modified expanses of agricultural land - serve aesthetic, educational, and economic purposes in an exemplary manner. 

  • Germany 2002. The Garden Kingdom at Dessau-Wörlitz. 

Germany 2002. The Garden Kingdom at Dessau-Wörlitz

German Democratic Republic 1981. Wörlitzer Park.

The 18th century was a seminal period for landscape design, of which the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz is an exceptional and wide-ranging illustration.

The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, built between 1765 and 1800 by Prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz von Anhalt-Dessau (1740-1817) based on philosophical principles of the Age of the Enlightenment, consists of the castles, parks and English gardens of Wörlitz, Oranienbaum, Luisium and Mosigkau. 
 
The stamp shown on the left is the first in a set of six from different landscape parks in the German Democratic Republic. The other stamps in the set are not included in the World Heritage Site. 
  • German Democratic Republic 1981. Wörlitzer Park. Note the small map at the bottom of the stamp. 
Between the 17th and 20th centuries the Brandenburg-Prussian rulers in Berlin and Potsdam, as well as in Brandenburg, built fabulous garden- and castle complexes. 

Among these are the castles of Sanssouci, New Palace (Neues Palais), Marble Palace (Marmorpalais), Charlottenburg, Glienicke and Rheinsberg, with the surrounding parks and gardens. 

The Park of Sanssouci is part if this Garden Kingdom, and is maintained by the Association of Prussian Castles and Gardens of Berlin-Brandenburg. 

  • Germany 2005. Souvenir sheet. Prussian Castles and Gardens. 

 

Germany 2005. Souvenir sheet. Prussian Castles and Gardens.

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Other World Heritage Sites in Germany (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Germany for further information about such sites. 

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