11. Wendgräben Palace and Gardens
In a quiet, secluded location on the edge of the Fläming stands this special gem in the district of Jerichower Land: the Wendgräben Palace and Park.
The park is a prime example of a manor house park from the early 20th century. An essential feature is the north-south axis which makes the palace visible from afar.
The palace and gardens at Wendgräben are the most important examples of Modernist architecture and landscape design in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Architect Herman Muthesius designed the building in 1910 for the von Wulffen family, who had lived for centuries in the Loburg Castle. Their new home was designed in the English country house style with a distinctive stone façade made from local granite. The garden and park were laid out according to plans by Walther von Engelhardt, who was at the time the head horticulturalist for the city of Düsseldorf. Like Muthesius, he was a proponent of modern architecture and landscape design.
The area around the main building was formally designed to as an "extended living space" for its aristocratic residents and featured a raised terrace from which they could enjoy view over a water basin to the wide-open lawns. The terrace also leads to a colourful flower garden, adjoined by a spacious woodland park.