Old Castle

Das einstige Torhaus zur Vorburg wurde vermutlich in der ersten Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts als Amtshaus eingerichtet und später mehrfach umgebaut. Im April 1945 zerstört, gelang zwischen 1965 und 1984 sein Wiederaufbau in einer älteren barocken Form.

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Exhibitions

“Pückler! Pückler? Catch Him If You Can!”

Who was Pückler? Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785–1871) is known as a writer, traveller and most notably as a landscape gardener. He gained attention as a ladies’ man, dandy and bon vivant and made many a headline. His adventures were the stuff of legends which the prince was all too happy to spread himself: “For me it’s not: what will people say about this? “Oh, what will people say about this?”

This is why the permanent exhibition in the New Castle was given the telling title Pückler? Catch Him If You Can!” “Pückler!” The multimedia show provides a fun way to meet the “Green Prince”: on a coach ride, in the theatre, in films and through exciting exhibits. The show reveals the Prince’s various sides and combines them in an entertaining way to create an overall picture of his dazzling personality. Nevertheless, it is hard to fully understand the self-promoter who loved to play with identities.

Opening hours: 1 April 2020 to 31 October 2020, daily 10 am-6 pm

Special exhibitions

Changing exhibitions are shown in the west wing of the New Castle in Bad Muskau. Tickets for special exhibitions also give visitors the opportunity to climb the castle tower and enjoy a view of the extensive park landscape from above.

Opening hours: 1 April to 31 October, daily 10 am-6 pm (limited opening hours from November to March)

+ The Castle Nursery

Since 2012, pineapples have been once again growing in the castle nursery in Muskau Park. Pückler’s grandfather, Hermann Graf von Callenberg, was the first to grow pineapples in Bad Muskau. Park designer Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871) later took up this challenge. The exhibition ” Pineapple! The Queen of Fruits in Muskau Park” in the castle nursery illuminates the cultural history of exotic fruits in this unique location and in general. The greenhouses and the kitchen garden with its trellis fruit wall were reconstructed according to historical models. The various planting methods of the beds with vegetables and herbs also reflect the traditions of Pückler’s kitchen garden outdoors.

Opening hours: 1 April 2020 to 31 October 2020, daily 10 am-6 pm

+ Domed Building

The restoration of the domed building in the Spa Park was completed in 2015. Even the ferrous sulfate spring had been reconstructed. During the peak season, the building is open on selected Sundays and holidays. It has an exhibition on the history of the Hermann’s Bath. The exhibition illustrates how Prince Pückler, Prince Frederick of the Netherlands and Count Arnim’s tried to transform Muskau into a flourishing bath destination.

Opening hours 2020: 1 April 2020 to 31 October 2020, Sundays and public holidays, 2 pm – 5 pm

Adventure

Castle Tower

In the southwest tower of Muskau Castle, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the vast park landscape and its surroundings. From a height of 35 metres, visitors can view Pückler’s Garden Empire from a different perspective. One ticket gives guests access to both the Castle Tower and the respective special exhibition on the 2nd floor.

Opening hours:

2 November-15 December 2019 Saturdays + Sundays 11 am-4 pm Special opening hours 22.12 and 27.12-29.12.2019 11 am-4 pm January 2020 – closed February 2020 and Saturdays + Sundays 11 am-4 pm March 2020 Wednesday-Sunday 11 am-4 pm

1 April 2020 to 31 October 2020, daily 10 am-6 pm

+ Tours

Muskau Park is like a work of art. Its creator, Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, liked to call it “nature painting” himself. The “Green Prince’s” landscapes are well thought out. It is therefore worthwhile to take a guided tour and have Pückler’s philosophy, stylistic elements and design colours expertly explained to you.

The Muskau Park Tourist Centre regularly offers guided tours of the landscape garden. Those planning a larger group visit can easily book a tour in advance.

Please register your group’s interest in a guided tour in advance at the Tourist Centre. Groups must be at least 15 persons. In the event that fewer persons participate, the price for the minimum group size mentioned will still apply. Ideally, groups should not have more than 30 participants. Larger groups will be split at no additional cost. For tours in the Polish part of the park, please remember to carry a valid proof of identity or passport. We unfortunately cannot guarantee guided tours for groups that do not book in advance.

Regulations and fees (valid as of 01.01.2019):

Open guided tours

Meeting place at the Muskauer Park Tourist Centre (New Castle) April to October, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays at 2 pm Duration: approx. 1.5–2 hrs.     Price: €6.00 respectively €3.00 reduced price* per person, family ticket** 13.50 € * Students, trainees, persons with severe disabilities are entitled to reduced rates; ** Family ticket for 2 adults (parents/grandparents etc.) + one or more children Park tour, special for spa and hotel guests in Bad Muskau: year-round on Saturdays, 2 pm, starting at the Kulturhotel Fürst-Pückler-Park (Market) Guided tours for cyclists are available on request. We recommend that you reserve rental bikes in advance if required.

Group tours

Short tour

This tour takes visitors to selected parts of the park, like the German side of the Castle Park with its historical buildings, the Castle Park on the German and Polish side or the area around the bath and Mountain Park. Duration: approx. 1.5–2.0 hrs.    Price: €6.00 respectively €3.00 reduced* per person

Long tour

The short tour can be extended to cover parts of the landscape garden such as the Mountain Park and the Castle Park. Tours that only go through the Polish part of the park are also available. Duration: approx. 3.5–4.0 hrs.     Price: €11.00 respectively €5.50 reduced price* per person * Students, trainees, persons with severe disabilities are entitled to reduced rates;

  • Teachers/chaperones of school classes, tour guides/bus drivers and people accompanying persons with severe disabilities with B designation – are exempt from tour fees.
  • Groups with more than 15 people can receive a discount of 5% on the total price when the tour guide/teacher pays in cash in one payment transaction or when paying by voucher/invoice.

Contact: Tel +49 (0)35771-63100 E-mail info@muskauer-park.de

+ Children’s Birthday Parties

Celebrating a child’s birthday in the New Castle’s medieval knights’ cellar – surely both exciting and fascinating. Cloaks, crowns, swords, feathers and other accessories are waiting for the young guests to dress up as damsels and knights in style.

In the imaginatively decorated vaulted cellar, they can sit down at a long table and eat royal cake. The afternoon programme includes a walk in the park and treasure hunt as well as climbing the tower or taking a ride in the coaches from the permanent exhibition. “Zu Gast in Pücklers grünem Reich” (Be a guest in Pückler’s green kingdom) is a joint offer from the Friends of Historica Bad Muskau e. V. and the “Fürst-Pückler-Park Bad Muskau” Foundation. In addition to the birthday child, up to 10 guests between the ages of 6 and 10 can participate, accompanied by two adults. The Muskau Park Tourist Centre in the New Castle accepts registrations up to four weeks before the desired date: Contact: Tel +49 (0)35771-63100 E-mail info@muskauer-park.de

Information

Muskau Park Tourist Centre

Anyone looking for some ideas for their trip to the World Heritage Site or holidays in the surrounding area is in good hands at the Muskau Park Tourist Centre. Visitors to the west wing of the New Castle will find both detailed information and extensive printed material. Guided tours can also be booked directly at the tourist centre, which is also the starting point for the tours. Opening hours: 2 November–15 December 2019 Saturdays + Sundays 11 am–4 pm Special opening hours 22.12 and 27.12-29.12.2019 11 am-4 pm January 2020 – closed February 2020 Saturdays + Sundays 11 am–4 pm March 2020 Wednesdays-Sunday 11 am–4 pm 1 April 2020 to 31. October 2020, daily 10 am–6 pm Contact:  Tel +49 (0)35771-63100 Fax +49 (0)035771-63109 E mail info@muskauer-park.de

Paths are a walker’s silent guides… Pückler-Muskau, Hints on Landscape Gardening, 1834

+ Admission fees

Admission fees (valid starting 1 January 2019):

  “Pückler!” Exhibition Castle Tower + special exhibition Combined admission “Pückler!” Exhibition and Castle Tower + special exhibition
Visitors €8.00 €4.00 €10.00
Visitors reduced* €4.00 €2.00 €5.00
Family ticket** €18.00 €9.00 €22.50

Garden Nursery with the exhibition “Pineapple! The Queen of Fruits in Muskau Park”- all visitors €3.00 per person (no reduced prices or discounts)

Guided park tours longer than 3.0-4.0 hours – available on request

Pre-school children – free (admission only when accompanied by an adult)

* Discounts for schoolchildren, students, apprentices, persons with severe disabilities
** 2 Adults (parents / grandparents etc.) + one or more children
Groups with 15 or more people can receive a discount of 5% on the total price when the tour guide/teacher pays in cash in one payment transaction or when paying by voucher/invoice (this does not apply to tickets for the Castle Nursery).
Teachers/chaperones of school classes, tour guides/bus drivers and people accompanying persons with severe disabilities with B designation -free admission.
  1. Admission to Muskau Park is free.

Directions

+ By car

Plan your route with Google Maps Directions to Bad Muskau:

  • from Berlin and Cottbus on the A 15 via the B 115
  • from Dresden and Bautzen on the A 4 via the B 156
  • from Görlitz via the B 115

Visitor parking for a fee for cars and tour buses is located at Neißedamm. Visitors should follow the signs to Muskau Park (or Fürst-Pückler-Park Bad Muskau).

+ By bike

Muskau Park can be reached by bicycle using several nationwide bike paths that lead through the landscape garden along the Neisse River. A bike shop that rents bikes is located in the Estate Farm Buildings.

  • Oder-Neisse Cycle Path: 630 km from the source of the river Neisse to the Szczecin Lagoon
  • Fürst-Pückler-Weg (Fürst-Pückler Path): 500 km on the tracks of Pückler
  • Froschradweg (Frog cycle path): 260 km through the Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft

Further information is available from the Marketing-Gesellschaft Oberlausitz-Niederschlesien GmbH Contact: +49(0)3591-48770 │ www.radwandern-oberlausitz.de

+ By Public Transport

First, travellers go to Weißwasser with the Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH (ODEG) trains. From there they board the regional bus service to Bad Muskau (bus line 250). The bus stop “Kirchplatz” in the village is only a few steps from Muskau Park. From April to October visitors can also take the forest railway from Weißwasser to Bad Muskau. Regional transport association ZVON Contact: +49 (0)800-98664636 (Information: Mon–Fri, 7 am–6 pm) │ www.zvon.de Gesellschaft zur Betreibung der Waldeisenbahn mbH Weißwasser Contact: +49 (0)3576-207472 │ www.waldeisenbahn.de

Accessibility

The rooms of the permanent and special exhibitions in the New Castle, as well as the Pineapple Exhibition, are wheelchair-accessible. It is possible to circumvent the castle stairs with a wheelchair lift. Press the call button if you need any help. In the building itself, an elevator takes guests to the first and second floors. There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet on the ground floor. The castle tower is not wheelchair-accessible. At the entrance to the Castle Nursery, there is also a call button that wheelchair users, visitors with prams or walkers should press if they would like to visit the pineapple exhibition and the kitchen gardens. The paths in the central park are mostly covered with sand. Wheelchair access to the Blue Garden is limited because some of the paths have raised steps. The eastern side of the landscape garden in particular has a lot of steps.

  1. Access to all exhibitions
  2. Wheelchair lift by the castle stairs

+ Park Rules

In the interest of preserving Muskau Park as a garden monument and in the spirit of mutual respect, the “Fürst-Pückler-Park Bad Muskau” Foundation asks that the park rules in force be observed and complied with.

Park Rules at Muskau Park

Muskau Park is a work of garden art with universal significance and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Pedestrians have absolute priority throughout the park.
  • Access with motorised vehicles of all kinds is only permitted with a special permit and at walking speed.
  • Biking in the park is only allowed on the designated paths, and not in the flower gardens.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash.
  • Rubbish generated during a park visit must be disposed of in the waste bins available in the central park area. Waste in the peripheral areas of the park must be taken with you and disposed of in another suitable place. Polluting, leaving waste in the park outside the waste bins and illegal waste disposal are prohibited.
  • Commercial activities of any kind require permission (e.g. photography and filming for commercial purposes are not permitted).
  • Without special permission open fires, barbecues and fireworks are strictly prohibited.
  • If you enter the park in the dark and/or in bad weather, particularly in high wind, storms or gales (wind force 8 or above), you do so at your own risk. Limited Winter Maintenance.

Violations of the parking regulations will be punished.

Tours by bike, carriage, boat or train

Muskau Park is like a work of art. Its creator, Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, liked to call it “nature painting” himself. The “Green Prince’s” landscapes are well thought out. It is therefore worthwhile to take a guided tour and have Pückler’s philosophy, stylistic elements and design colours expertly explained to you. The Muskau Park Tourist Centre regularly offers guided tours of the landscape garden. Those planning a larger group visit can easily book a tour in advance.

… if the park is a compact, idealized nature, then the garden is a more spacious dwelling. Pückler-Muskau, Hints on Landscape Gardening, 1834

+ Bike rental

Muskau Park is easy to explore on a bike. With a few exceptions, cycling is not only permitted but also recommended. After all, this spacious landscape garden stretches over an area of around 830 hectares on both sides of the Neisse. If you don’t have your own bike with you, you can rent a suitable one for a spontaneous ride at the Estate Farm Buildings. Fahrrad-Nowak Contact: Tel +49(0)172-3864778 Opening hours: 1 April to 31 October, daily 10 am–6 pm

+ Carriage rides

Pückler encouraged his visitors to explore Muskau Park in a horse-drawn carriage. Given a network of roads with a total length of around 50 kilometres, a leisurely tour in a carriage with 2 horsepower seems entirely appropriate. Follow the Prince’s advice and climb aboard for a relaxing and unforgettable experience in the World Heritage Site. The carriage rides start at the Estate Farm Buildings (exit towards the New Castle).

Carriage ride provides on the German side

For public carriage rides or hired carriage rides and coach rides (not available for the Polish side of the park). Reit- und Fahrtouristik N&N Contact: +49 (0)3576-2186718 | +49 (0)0177-3161633 | reit-fahrtouristik-gablenz@web.de | www.reit-fahrtouristik-gablenz.de Reiterhof zum Tannengrund Contact: +49 (0)35771-63950 | +49 (0)151-52131420 | reiterhof-lisk@web.de | www.reiterhof-lisk.de

+ Boat tours

Pückler spared neither cost nor effort to realize his ideas. In Muskau he created an artificial stream in the park and directed it through like a branch of a natural river. The Hermann’s Neisse is the design trick of a master,but it is not suitable for a boat trip. Nevertheless, those who would like to see the garden artist’s work from the water can climb into an inflatable boat at the old weir not far from the Orangery. From there a two-and-a-half-hour tour on the Neisse River leads to Żarki Wielkie (Groß Särchen), where the boaters can be picked up by buses. The water excursions can be booked directly with Neiße Tours Contact:  +49 (0)700-01818888 (3 cent/min) | www.neisse-tours.de

+ Forest Railway

The Muskau Forest Railway runs from Weißwasser to the park city along the Neisse. In 1895, the narrow-gauge line originally went into operation for the “Gräflich von Arnimsche Kleinbahn” to connect the estate-owned factories. After the tracks were dismantled in the late 1970s, the line to Bad Muskau was reopened in 1995. In May 2017, the extended route was turned over to the tourist railway and has since been running to the rear of the former bathhouse. On specific days, the forest railway heads for Muskau Park with a steam locomotive at the head. Otherwise, the line is usually run by diesel locomotives. The exact times can be found on the timetable. www.waldeisenbahn.de

Gastronomy

+ Café Vorwerg

Need a Pückler (Neapolitan) ice cream? The café in the Estate Farm Buildings has the tricoloured ice cream on its menu. You can linger under shady chestnut trees in the Estate Farm Buildings’ courtyard and try this lovingly handmade speciality. Guests can take a seat outside or in the cosy lounge can choose from a tempting selection of drinks, cakes, ice cream and small plates. Opening hours:  January to March, Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am–5 pm and April to October, daily 10 am–6 pm Café Vorwerg Hermann Vorwerg (leaseholder) Bauhof 14 02953 Bad Muskau Contact: Tel +49 (0)35771-64488 Fax +49 (0)035771-57199 E-mail hermann.vorwerg@gmx.de Web www.cafe-vorwerg-badmuskau.de

+ Schloss-Café

Not currently in operation!

+ Hotel Turmvilla and Restaurant

The villa with the striking tower was one of the lodging houses built at the end of the 19th century. It was built in parallel to the expansion of Hermann’s bath. Today, as then, the Turmvilla is a cosy house in which you can stay the night and dine. The Hotel with the Bistro is located on the southwestern edge of the Spa Park.   Turmvilla Bad Muskau Hermannsbad 9 02953 Bad Muskau Contact: Tel +49 (0)35771-50029 Fax +49 (0)35771-64299 E-mail kontakt@turmvilla.de Web www.turmvilla.de Turmvilla-Bistro Opening hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 11 am to 7 pm Friday – Saturday: 11 am to 9 pm Sunday: 11 am to 8 pm On the other days of the week only by arrangement and appointment.

Souvenirs

Muskau Park Tourist Centre

The shop in the New Castle is full of more than just helpful brochures. Visitors can also find maps for hiking and other activists, postcards and a selection of high-quality literature, including publications from the “Fürst-Pückler-Park Bad Muskau” Foundation. Stationery, ceramics, scented soaps and various accessories with a garden theme complete the product range. Opening hours: 1 April to 31 October, daily 10 am–6 pm (limited opening hours from November to March) Contact: Tel +49 (0)35771-63100 Fax +49 (0)35771-63109 E-mail info@muskauer-park.de

Pottery

For centuries, stoneware from Muskau was a speciality of local craftsmen, traded and exported at high prices. Visitors can get an impression of this tradition today in the Estate Farm Buildings with master potter Gordon Gran. There he sells his handmade ceramics, which are known and loved beyond the region. The store is also used by the craftsman as a workshop. Visitors can see the pottery being made. Opening hours: 1 April to 31 October, Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am–5 pm Contact: Tel +49 (0)175 80 70 356 E-mail info@toepferei-gran.de Web www.toepferei-gran.de

Galerie UNIKAT

Visitors looking for a souvenir can find one in the former coach house of the Muskau Estate Farm Buildings. There the Galerie UNIKAT  offers a wide range of souvenirs. The products range from hand-painted ceramics and glasses to textile prints, spirits, liqueurs and spreads. Opening hours: 1 April to 31 October, daily 10 am–5 pm Contact: T +49 (0)35771-68848 E-mail info@galerieunikat.de Web www.galerieunikat.de

Holiday Flats

Accommodations in Muskau Park

Spending the night in a World Heritage Site has a very special appeal. In the evening, when the last rays of sunshine stream through the trees or the mist rises from the meadows early in the morning, the park has a special charm. Visitors who want to experience the landscape garden for more than just a day and in complete peace and quiet can choose from four holiday apartments in the castle’s outlying estate.

Contact person/lessor

Hotel Kristall Contact: Tel +49 (0)3576-2640 E-mail info@hotelkristall.de Web www.hotelkristall.de

Booking

About Hotel Kristall in Weißwasser

Excursion tips

Geopark

Der Muskauer Faltenbogen gilt als eine der am schönsten ausgeprägten Stauchendmoränen Mitteleuropas. 2015 erhielt die Kultur- und Altbergbaulandschaft offiziell den Status eines UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Parkverbund

Für die Pücklerschen Parkanlagen in Bad Muskau und Branitz sowie den Brühlschen Schlosspark in Brody/Pförten und den Ostdeutschen Rosengarten in Forst (Lausitz) wurde 2010 der Europäische Parkverbund Lausitz gegründet.

Schlösserland Sachsen

Der Muskauer Park ist Kooperationspartner im Netzwerk „Schlösserland Sachsen“.

Oberlausitzer Sechsstädtebund

Bautzen, Kamenz, Löbau, Görlitz, Zittau und Lauban (heute Luban in Polen) kamen durch ein starkes Bündnis zu wirtschaftlicher und kultureller Blüte: durch den Oberlausitzer Sechsstädtebund.

Heide- und Teichlandschaft

Südwestlich von Bad Muskau beginnt die größte zusammenhängende Teichlandschaft Deutschlands.

Spreewald

Zu den Besonderheiten der Region gehört das feingliedrige Netz aus Fließen mit einer Gesamtlänge von 1.500 Kilometern.

Oberlausitz per Rad

Der Muskauer Park liegt direkt am Oder-Neiße-Radweg, einem von fünf überregionalen Radrouten, die durch die Oberlausitz verlaufen.

Kromlauer Park

Der Gutsbesitzer Friedrich Hermann Rötschke (1805 – 1893) ließ ab 1844 seinen Grund und Boden in Kromlau neu gestalten.

Glasmacherstadt Weißwasser

Mit zerbrechlichem Gut ist Weißwasser groß geworden. Die Stadt entwickelte sich ab dem Ende des 19. Jahrhundert zu einer Hochburg der Glasindustrie.

Erlichthof Rietschen

Wohnlich und behaglich wirken die urigen Schrotholzhäuser am Ortsrand von Rietschen.

Findlingspark Nochten

Rund 7000 geologische Schwergewichte bilden im Boxberger Ortsteil Nochten einen europaweit einzigartigen Landschaftsgarten: den Lausitzer Findlingspark.

Lausitzer Seenland

Zwischen Berlin und Dresden haben sich in den zurückliegenden Jahren zahlreiche frühere Braunkohlegruben in Gewässer verwandelt.