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is an independent city (kreisfreie Stadt) and urban district in the Germanmarker state of Saxony-Anhaltmarker. It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Elbe and Muldemarker. The town was formed by merger of the independent city of Dessaumarker with the town of Roßlaumarker in the course of the Kreisreform Sachsen-Anhalt on 1 July 2007. Dessau-Roßlau is the third largest town of Saxony-Anhalt by population, after Magdeburgmarker and Hallemarker.

Dessau

Dessau is the largest population centre within Dessau-Roßlau, with approximately 77,000 inhabitants (2006). Most of the town is located on the left bank of the Muldemarker, south of its confluence with the Elbe. Dessau was first mentioned in 1213, and became the capital of a small state (Anhalt-Dessau) in the 14th century. Between 1863 and 1918, it was the capital of Anhalt. Since the second half of the 19th century, Dessau is an industrial city. With the famous art and architecture school Bauhaus, located in Dessau between 1925 and 1932, and the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realmmarker the city features two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Roßlau

Roßlau has approximately 13,000 inhabitants (2006). It is located on the right bank of the Elbe, near its confluence with the Muldemarker, about 7 kilometers north of the centre of Dessau. Roßlau was first mentioned in 1215. Before it merged with Dessau, it was part of the district Anhalt-Zerbstmarker.

Politics

Seats in the municipal assembly (Stadtrat) as of 2007 elections: and the Lord Mayor

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Dessau-Roßlau is twinned with:

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