Eight questions for...

Nicole Krebs, staff member at the Dessau-Wörlitz cultural foundation

When I visit the World Heritage Site of Dessau-Wörlitz, what should I definitely not miss?

A must-see is Wörlitz Park - the artistic highlight of Dessau-Wörlitz. This is the point where Prince Franz of Anhalt-Dessau began what he called his landscape improvements in the 18th century, which took in his entire principality. The result was a true garden kingdom. There is always something special to discover on the many branching paths here - bridges, sculptures, botanical rarities, vistas that stretch for miles. Then there's the Stein island, with the only artificial volcano in Europe, the grottoes, the walks and the Villa Hamilton, which is a particularly bizarre building. So there's something for everyone in Wörlitz Park - those who want to learn something new, or those who just want to relax.

What do you particularly like here?

To this day, I'm fascinated by how diverse and multi-faceted the Garden of Dessau-Wörlitz is. The entire park reflects the economic, political and social ideas - and reform efforts - of its time. You have world-class historical palaces and gardens embedded in an unbelievably beautiful and extensive river landscape. Influences from England, the Netherlands, Italy, China and many other countries are concentrated in a small area. The best way to take it all in is by bike, because the parks have a well-developed interconnecting network of cycle paths. This also gives a good impression of the huge dimensions.

Do you have an insider tip?

The Luisium palace and park would be my insider tip. This enchanting landscaped garden with its classic palace is part of the World Heritage Site Dessau-Wörlitz and was the retreat for Duchess Louise of Anhalt-Dessau. The palace with its small cabinets, fine stucco features, murals, and grand banqueting hall is considered a temple of feminine virtues. The 14-hectare park with its buildings, its rare plants and animals, and its fantastic views of the surrounding environs has a lot to offer. The peacefully grazing cattle herd on the neighboring stud farm enhances the idyllic atmosphere in the park.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

I was a child when I first came here. The peacocks, which presented their proud fanned tails around the Gothic House in Wörlitz left a lasting impression. You can still see the colorful animals in Wörlitz Park to this day.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

The changes in the seasons always conjure new delights in the gardens - nature's awakening in spring draws out early blooming plants and radiant fruit trees on the meadows and avenues. The summer offers a kaleidoscope of shades of green, and the pleasant temperatures at the palaces tempt you to take relaxing rides on the gondolas. In fall, you can barely get enough of the bright red, yellow and orange leaves on the trees, and in the winter, the visitor is left virtually on his own to walk through the frosty tranquility of the park.

What else should I see here?

There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Saxony-Anhalt and one UNESCO nature preserve within a 35-kilometer radius - the Luther memorials in Wittenberg, the Bauhaus school and the Masters' Houses in Dessau, the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, and the Middle Elbe biosphere nature reserve. You should certainly make use of being so close by.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

In spring: asparagus from Zerbst and venison ham.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

I can't really commit to one in particular.

Nicole Krebs

has been working in the public relations department of the Dessau-Wörlitz cultural foundation since 2004.

In the garden kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz with its palaces she is responsible for organizing lectures, concerts and a whole sequence of special events - up to and including an artificial volcano eruption.