Muskauer Park – a Painting with Plants

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Neues Schloss Muskau
Neues Schloss Muskau

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For this travel guide, we turn to the East. The Muskauer Park, officially named Fürst—Pückler—Park, is a landscaped park on the border between Germany and Poland and the largest one of its kind in Europe. Not trying to appear as an artificial paradise but blending seamlessly with the surrounding farmed landscape, the park is one of a kind and a forerunner for new approaches to landscape design in Europe and America. As an exceptional example of a European landscape park that broke new ground in terms of development towards an ideal man—made landscape, the Muskauer Park was inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List (List vacation rentals | List travel guide) in 2003.

Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, who had owned the land around Muskau since 1811, founded the park in 1815. After extended studies in England, Pückler started creating this amazing English—style park together with various landscape architects and artists over the next three decades, until he had to sell his lifework in 1845 due to financial difficulties. Luckily the park was completed by the new owners according to Pückler’s wishes, who had written down his ideas in his influential book Hints on Landscape Gardening in 1834.

No travel guide would be completely without mentioning a few of the Muskauer Park's physical features. The Muskauer Park is divided by the Lusatian Neisse river, which constitutes as the border between Germany and Poland. A distinct feature of the park is that it does not appear as something man—made, but merely enhances the inherent qualities of the existing landscape in this area. A highlight of the park is the Neue Schloss, a castle, which showcases an astonishing mix of architectural styles, ranging from the Middle Ages over Baroque to Neo—Renaissance. Additionally there are several more interesting buildings and bridges on the premises.

With its 830 hectares of beautiful nature and architecture, the Muskauer Park is the perfect location to enjoy a day of pure tranquility. Hopefully this travel guide will get you well on your way!

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Kathrin Wagner

This travel guide has been written by Kathrin Wagner.

She grew up in a small town in Bavaria and then studied Media studies, Literature and History in Erlangen and Munich. As a student she already spent half a year in London and moved back there after graduation in 2006. She is still living in London, where she works in publishing.

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Location: 02953 Bad Muskau, Germany

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