Stiftung Fürst-Pückler-Museum Park und Schloss Branitz
Pückler’s “masterpiece”: The park landscape of Branitz
At the age of 60, the eccentric Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785−18719) again laid out a landscape park based on the English model, this time in Branitz near Cottbus. The park landscape which was created from 1846 onwards and which expands over 620 hectares, including a palace and almost 30 buildings, he described as his »masterpiece«.
Since 2018, the public foundation of the State of Brandenburg has been maintaining and presenting this treasure trove of garden artistry, architecture, interiors, archives, collections, and Pueckler’s idealistic legacy. The unique pyramids in the park are famous, as are the oriental rooms and collection in the palace. The Carl Blechen Collection of the city of Cottbus – the second largest collection of the painter’s works in the world – is also presented there.
Prince Pueckler was an epoch-making garden artist, a successful writer, a witty companion, a lover of exquisite food, but also a forward-looking innovator. Today, his “Branitz Tree University” provides an important contribution to the preservation of historic gardens in a changing climate.