Poish-German treasure - a visit to the Muskau Park
"That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou see’st the twilight of such day As after sunset fadeth in the west (…)"
We can find many beautiful autumn writings by poets such as Shakespeare, Blake or Keats. This is probably the most poetic season. And it will arrive soon – we’ll be watching how trees lose their leaves. But before that happens, we can enjoy the beauty of greenery with flashes of bronze.
Miracle of Neisse valley
You can go for a romantic walk among the rustling leaves to one of the most beautiful places located near the border with Germany - to the Muskau Park. It’s an extensive national treasure, and actually a treasure of two countries - Germany and Poland. It’s cut by the Neisse River, which forms a natural border between the two countries, and the whole is linked by bridges thrown across the river: English Bridge, Double Bridge and two park bridges.
The Muskau Park covers an area of over 700 hectares, and extends within the National Park "Muskau Arch". The German part, with main buildings (including a huge New Castle and gardens), is located near the tiny town of Bad Muskau, while Polish part – in Lubuskie Province. And right there you can find a wonderful naturalist park. The whole composition is carefully thought out and combines the cultural and natural elements. While walking around the park, we can imagine the old times and the women in elegant dresses, strolling unhurriedly through alleys.
Morain visible from space
The Muskau Park was created in the early nineteenth century by the Prussian aristocrat, Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. It’s a gem of garden art of the period. It astonishes with abundance and fantasy of nature forms - it was designed in "disordered" English style. Exactly a decade ago it was considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It’s a unique place for nature lovers, both amateur and professional geologists. The "Muskau Arch" is not just the name of the landscape park, but also the only terminal moraine, which can be seen from space with naked eye. Varied terrain (more than hundred-meter height differences) is caused by it, and the moraine itself is considered the most beautiful in the world. It has a shape of a horseshoe with a length of 40 km and a width of 3 to 5 km. The center of the arc is cut by the river bed, while its ends touch the German town of Klein-Kölzig and Polish Toplice.
In the southern part of Leknica you can find differently colored water tanks (more than 110). The park has also a forest reserve "Nad Młyńską Strugą." It’s situated on the river Skróda, which draws the attention with its intense water color (shades of red). The landscape is dotted with boulders, old growth forests, numerous bridges and waterfalls.
Walking through the Muskau Park
Park can be visited individually or with a guide. You can also ride a horse-drawn carriage, rent a bicycle (Leknica) or explore the area with a canoe – the rental is located in the village of Bronowice, approx. 2 km from Leknica. It has canoes for 1 or 2 people, as well as pontoons with full support.
On both sides of the park there’re parking lots for cars and coaches - the Polish car parks are free, while in German paid. Admission to the park is free, no matter on which side. When it comes to accommodation, there’re are no campsites in the vicinity. Those, who want to pitch a tent on the Polish side, will find a place near the boundary of the Landscape Park "Muskau Arch" around the towns of Łazy and Grabówki, while tourists from Germany can stay on the lake Halbendorf, in the village of the same name (approx. 10 km from Bad Muskau).
It’s an amazing place, really worth visiting. Contact with extensive space and clean air will allow us to get strength for the long winter days.
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