Count Hermann von Puckler-Muskau was a man of vision. He spent his life and money pursueing his ambition to create an English style park that could match the best parks in Europe.
It all started in 1811 when Hermann inherited Muskau after his father's death. He spent next years in England where he fell in love with landscape parks and studied avidly the art of making them. As soon as he came back to Muskau he started the construction of the Muskauer Park. Two years later he married Lucie von Pappenheim, who financially supported his plans. But the couple divorced in 1826 and apparently the main reason were financial problems. Lucie agreed that Hermann should look for another wife with enough money to realize the bold plans concerning the park.
After the divorce Count Puckler travelled a lot. He visited many European and African countries, and everywhere his main interest were landscape parks. He published a couple of well-received books about his journeys. But the problems were not solved - in 1845 the Muskauer Park had to be sold. The only property he was left with was a small estate of Branitz. What did the count do with it? Of course, he founded a small landscape park there, but it can be hardly compared to the large-scale undertaking which is the Muskauer Park.
The park is situated in the valley of the river Neisse which crosses the geological formation of Muskau Arch - an enormous end morraine. It has resulted in a diversified terrain-relief. Hills, ravines, terraces and lakes make a walk through the park an unforgettable experience.
Park buildings blend into the landscape background creating not an artificial, but a natural scenery. Most viewpoints are equipped with benches which let you relax and absorb the beauty of the place.
The Muskauer Park (Polish: Park Muzakowski) is a beautiful landscape park that is located on both sides of the Neisse river which forms a natural border between Poland and Germany. It covers almost six square km of land, two thirds of which are on the Polish side.
In July 2004 the park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as an excellent "example of cross-border cultural collaboration between Poland and Germany."