Cultural Landscape Muskau Arch
Collection and integration of historical-cultural landscape features as a basis for a cross-border development concept – funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation DBU (2015 to 2018)
The data collected culminated in a framework plan which may provide a multidisciplinary and cross-border basis for future planning by authorities, municipalities, associations or other stakeholders. Using the data collected as a basis, approaches were developed to ensure compatible tourism development in the region, and recommendations were made for the preservation or restoration of cultural-historical landscape elements, as well as for sensitive elements in need of protection. The aim of the framework plan is to take a holistic view of, protect and develop the cultural landscape across several borders.
Muskau Park – Protection, Development and Promotion of European Cultural Heritage
This involved the reconstruction and equipment of the lost part of the Spa House, which belonged to the historical development of the so-called Spa Park (an area of the Muskau Park on the German side south of the Castle Park), and the restoration of the viaduct on the Polish side, one of three preserved architectural objects in the eastern part of the park. Documentation, organisation and maintenance work was also carried out on the Polish side in the area of the historical tree nursery and its surroundings as well as in the tree population which has been preserved in this area of the park.
01.10.2016 – 30.10.2018
Total project costs
European Union funding
A scientific conference, workshops, exhibitions and open-air events have been organised by the project partners to present the research results and raise awareness of the historical park. Public relations campaigns therefore accompanied the various project phases. The aim of the project was to develop the cultural infrastructure and make the historically significant cultural heritage in Muskau Park in the German-Polish border region more accessible.
The dazzling personality of Prince Pückler makes subsequent owners of Muskau Park seem to fade into the background. Wrongly. Upon closer examination, it becomes apparent that they maintained everything that had been created during difficult economic times. Last but not least, they had the challenging task of designing unfinished parking areas in Pückler’s style. In the process, of course, they also left their own marks. So it’s high time we paid more attention to them.
When Muskau Park was Royal. Prince Friedrich of the Netherlands and Muskau’s rise to a European royal residence
In 1846 Prince Friedrich of the Netherlands (1797-1881) bought the Muskau estate. According to Pückler, this gave it a financially strong owner, and more importantly one of royal status. Little was known about the development phase under the Oranier Prince. His influences on Muskau Park, the castle grounds and his status have now been scientifically researched. So the question arose as to what effect the close relationship between the Dutch and Prussian royal families and the associated exchange of architects, garden artists and sculptors had. This research project was part of the INTERREG project “Muskau Park – Protection, Development and Promotion of European Cultural Heritage”. In 2018, the first results of the research were presented in a special exhibition, which will be supplemented by a publication.
In 2003 the traditional “Muskauer Schule” (Muskau School) moved into the north wing of the New Castle. It continued the tradition of education in the Fürst-Pückler-Park. On the one hand the aim was to ensure qualification of Employment Support staff for ongoing activities in the park. On the other hand, the Muskau School should help to reduce the lack of specialist knowledge in the preservation of garden monuments and cultural landscapes. Usually twice a year, Muskau Park has since been the backdrop for garden conservation conferences on various topics. Next date: 14 - 16 November 2019 Decorative and Fragile – Ceramics in Historical Gardens