|Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst|
|Prince of Anhalt-Plötzkau|
|Prince of Anhalt-Dessau|
|Prince of Anhalt-Köthen|
|Born||17 March 1540|
|Died||1 March 1570 (aged 29)|
Clara of Gifhorn
|House||House of Ascania|
|Father||John V, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst|
|Mother||Margaret of Brandenburg|
Bernhard inherited Anhalt-Zerbst when his father died in 1551 along with his older brothers Karl I and Joachim Ernest according to the stipulations of the family law of the House of Ascania, which mandated no division of the territories of the principality.
Upon the deaths without issue of his uncles George III of Anhalt-Plötzkau in 1553 and Joachim I of Anhalt-Dessau in 1561, Bernhard and Joachim Ernest inherited their lands, which were merged into Anhalt-Zerbst (Karl only inherited Plötzkau, because he died before Joachim I). In 1562 Anhalt-Köthen was also merged into Anhalt-Zerbst after the death without issue of its last prince, Wolfgang. Bernhard made his residence in Dessau.
Marriage and issueEdit
- Franz George (b. 17 October 1567 – d. Zerbst, 7 September 1568).
Bernhard died without surviving male heirs and was succeeded by his brother Joachim Ernest, who became sole ruler of all the Anhalt territories.