Bauhaus glass wall © City of Dessau-Roßlau
Bauhaus glass wall© Stadt Dessau-Roßlau

Dessau is world-famous for its Bauhaus architecture and attracts students of design and architecture from all over the world. Surrounded by woodland and rivers, Dessau is a cosy and friendly place to study.

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At first glance, Dessau is unremarkable. The town centre is small and cosy. The majority of the 80,000 inhabitants live in the many smaller villages that belong to the town. But you’ll soon discover interesting parts of the town and be inspired by its impressive architecture.



In addition to the town’s more modern houses, you’ll discover older buildings dating back to the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. From the viewing platform of the „Alter Räucherturm“, you have a magnificent view of the town. You have to climb 131 steps to get to the top, but you will be rewarded by views of Dessau, the surrounding countryside and the river Elbe.

Dessau is world-famous for its Bauhaus architecture. When you see the buildings for the first time, you might not think they look very innovative by today’s standards. But in the mid-1920s, when this style emerged, this kind of architecture was ground-breaking. Walter Gropius, the founding father, was the first architect to functionally separate the complete complex of a building. Examples of this style are the , which you will find all over town. Students of design and architecture still come to Dessau today to admire the unique buildings and study the trade.


Thanks to the numerous students who come here from abroad, Dessau is a vibrant town despite its size. Parties are often held here in private student accommodation or at the „Unikomplex“ and the atmosphere is friendly and familiar. In Dessau, you can travel almost everywhere by bike.

For culture lovers, Dessau has much more to offer than just architectural masterpieces. You can spend a weekend visiting the Johannbau and find out all about the history of Dessau and the region.

In the evening, you can watch a play at Anhaltisches Theater, where operatic performances and musicals are also shown. If you’re looking for a more alternative programme, visit the TheaterBurg Roßlau. This fringe theatre hosts jazz concerts and modern readings, but also plays by the classics such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Heinrich von Kleist.

Dessau is famous for its many lakes, where you can bathe, hike and relax. The rivers Elbe and Mulde flow through the town. After a hard day’s work, you can unwind on the banks of the river and enjoy the peace and quiet there. At the weekends, it’s also worth venturing a little further afield into the many woods that surround the town. In the Saalberghau nature reserve, you can spend a day hiking and then take a refreshing dip in „Kühnauer See“. In the landscaped gardens of , you can enjoy the natural environment during a stroll through the grounds.

For afternoon coffee and cake, a visit to „Café im Bauhaus“ is a must: try the delicious cakes and snacks here. At „Café Hilde“ in the town centre, you can relax in wicker beach chairs and soak up the sun, or in the evenings listen to concerts. To bring the evening to a close, treat yourself to a cocktail at „Bar MAXXIM“.

If Dessau doesn’t offer you enough options, is only a short train journey away. Often referred to as „Little Berlin“, it takes just an hour to get there by train. is also only 1½ hours away.

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