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Getting There & Away

The six parks are scattered over 142 sq km, with the town of Dessau-Rosslau loosely at the heart of the Garden Realm.

Direct regional train services connect Dessau-Rosslau to Berlin (€26.70, 1½ hours), Lutherstadt Wittenberg (€9.30, 30 minutes), Leipzig (€14.10, 45 minutes), Halle (€17, 55 minutes) and Magdeburg (€14.30, 50 minutes). Although there is imited access to the parks by public transport, this really is a region that is best explored by car.

The A9 autobahn connects Dessau with Berlin to the northeast and Leipzig, onwards to Munich, to the south, but if you're arriving by train, a number of car-rental agencies have offices near Dessau-Rosslau station. If you're unable to drive, be sure to check in with the local tourist offices for up-to-date public-transport information on the parks you wish to visit.

The most central park is Georgium, just five minutes’ walk from Dessau-Rosslau train station. The most impressive, Wörlitz, is situated about 18km east of Dessau-Rosslau, making it also the furthest afield.