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Wörlitz coat of arms
Coordinates: 51 ° 50 ′ 34 ″  N , 12 ° 25 ′ 7 ″  E
Height : 62 m above sea level NHN
Area : 28.05 km²
Residents : 1430  (December 31, 2014)
Population density : 51 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : January 1, 2011
Postal code : 06785
Area code : 034905
The town hall
Wörlitzer See with St. Petri
Historic inn "Zum Eichenkranz"
War memorial on the market square
Ceremonial house and memorial at the Jewish cemetery
Rail bus Princess Louise of the DVE in Wörlitz station

Wörlitz is a district of the city of Oranienbaum-Wörlitz in the district of Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt . He is by the world heritage belonging Wörlitzer Park known and a nationally recognized resort .


Geographical location

Wörlitz is located south of the Elbe in the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve between Dessau-Roßlau and Wittenberg . The area around Wörlitz is flat and is crossed by numerous oxbow lakes of the Elbe, as well as ditches and streams. Remnants of sand dunes ("wild mountains") from the last ice age are the only elevations that are only a few meters high. The largest backwater is the Wörlitzer See immediately north of the city.

  • The center of Wörlitz extends south along the park and the Wörlitzer See.
  • To the west of the park and the lake is the Seespitze settlement.
  • Some individual farmsteads are sometimes far away from the actual local location and are no longer permanently inhabited. a. Alte Ziegelei, Oberforst, Alte Mühle, Berting, Mittelhölzer, Elbterrasse, Rosenwiesche and Kleine Mühlberge.

Wörlitz is on the Oranier Route , a German-Dutch holiday route.


Wörlitz was first mentioned in a document on November 13, 1004. The place was called a city as early as 1440.

With the Wörlitzer Park, Wörlitz is the highlight of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm , which was established in the second half of the 18th century under the reign of Prince Leopold III. Friedrich Franz von Anhalt-Dessau (1740-1817) was created. He brought important personalities such as Erdmannsdorff , Rust and Basedow to his court. Contacts and connections existed as far as England, France ( Rousseau ) and Italy. Historical guests in Wörlitz during this time were Alexander von Humboldt , Lavater , Georg Forster , Goethe , Jean Paul and Hölderlin . Wörlitz Castle was built at the same time as the park .

In 2000 the facility was included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage .

Higher-level administrative units:

On July 1, 2007, the municipality of Wörlitz was incorporated into the Wittenberg district of the former Anhalt-Zerbst district due to a district reform. In a public survey on May 14, 2006, the residents of the city of Wörlitz voted with around 59% of the votes for incorporation into Dessau . However, the final decision was made by the Wörlitz city ​​council , although the result of the citizens' survey was not binding. In addition, the city of Dessau, the district of Wittenberg and the state of Saxony-Anhalt should have agreed.

Since January 1, 2011, Wörlitz has been part of the newly formed city of Oranienbaum-Wörlitz .


coat of arms

Blazon : "In gold next to a green oak tree growing out of natural lawn on the left, a leaping black boar."

The coat of arms was approved on March 10, 1994 by the Dessau Regional Council and registered in the Magdeburg State Archives under the coat of arms roll number 9/1994. The colors of the town flag are green and white.

Town twinning

Culture and sights

The cultural monuments of the place are registered in the local register of monuments, including the domain Wörlitz and the Christian cemetery .


  • Schützenverein Grün-Weiß Wörlitz 1848 e. V.
  • Sports club Grün-Weiß Wörlitz e. V.
  • Fishing club "Elbaue" Wörlitz e. V.
  • Hundesportverein Wörlitz e. V.

Wörlitz on postage stamps

Transport links


sons and daughters of the town

Personalities associated with Wörlitz


Web links

Commons : Wörlitz  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. according to the residents' registration office
  2. StBA: Area changes from January 1st to December 31st, 2011
  3. ^ Website of the SV Grün-Weiß Wörlitz