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OH-H08 ALEMANIA Region: Saxony ENVI/CONS 01/08/2021 14/08/2021

Heritage Volunteers Projects
Reconstruction of historical Parks
World Heritage site Muskauer Park

ENVI/CONS 01.08. - 14.08.2021 OH-H08
Reconstruction and maintenance
of historical parks and gardens
ACCOMMODATION:
Shared bedrooms and mattresses
with all the basic facilities
LOCATION: Next towns: Weisswasser (8km),
Region: Saxony
TERMINAL:
Next railway station: Weisswasser (8 km),
Bad Muskau, Bus stop
Next airports: Berlin (BER, 170 km)
Dresden (DRS, 110 km)
AGE: at least 18
FEE: 90 €.
Motivation letter related to the project
and CV + photo required


The UNESCO World Heritage site of Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski is an extensive landscape
initially developed between 1815 and 1844 by Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau on the grounds of
his estate, and continued by his student, Eduard Petzold. Set harmoniously in the river valley of the
Lusatian Neisse, the park’s integration into the local town and surrounding agricultural landscapes
heralded a new approach to landscape design and contributed to the advancement of landscape

architecture as a discipline. The extensive site includes the river Neisse, other water features, human-
made and natural, bridges, buildings, forested areas, and paths. It is an example of a cultural landscape

in which the site’s natural attributes have been harnessed with the utmost skill.
The park is of the highest aesthetic quality and its composition blends fluidly with the naturally-formed
river valley. Its essence is the visual relationship between the central residence, the New Castle, and a
series of topographical focal points comprising ideal vantage points laid out along riverside terraces
flanking the valley, each of which forms part of a masterfully fashioned network of vistas. Pückler
incorporated human-made architectural elements into this network along with natural components,
including the terrain’s geological features. It is distinctive with its extraordinary simplicity and
expansiveness.
The property encompasses the central portion of this extensive landscape composition measuring 348
ha (136.10 ha in Germany and 211.9 ha in Poland). The remaining part of the composition falls within
the surrounding buffer zone of 1,205 ha.
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Heritage Volunteers Projects
Reconstruction of historical Parks
World Heritage site Muskauer Park

Pückler laid the foundations of integrated landscape design with
the extension of the park into the town of Bad Muskau through
green passages and urban parks. The incorporation of the
community into the overall composition, as a key component in
his planned utopian landscape, had a great impact on
contemporary town planning, particularly in the United States of
America, as illustrated by the green areas of the city of Boston,
and on the development of the landscape architecture profession.
Pückler published his principles of landscape design theory in
“Andeutungen über Landschaftsgärtnerei” (1834). Moreover, the
training of landscape gardeners by Prince von Pückler and his
student Eduard Petzold helped create skill standards which
influenced the work of other gardeners and planners. This training
tradition has been revived in recent times by the creation of the
Muskauer School, as an international school for the training in garden and cultural landscape
maintenance.
The project consists of two parts – a practical working part which will last 6 hours per day and a
study part, which takes place in the evenings and during weekends
The first task of the volunteers is to help rediscover and recreate a part of the former path system in
the "Bath Park" on the German side of the transboundary site. The task will be guided by qualified
personnel which will provide an indepth understanding of Pückler’s design and vision.
Additionally a second task involves replanting a historic flower garden in the "Mountain Park" area in
accordance with the historic evidence available.
The educational part of the project will inform the volunteers about the background of the site
management, provide knowledge about historical garden and park architecture, traditional gardening
and other related topics while also gaining knowledge in Climate Change resilience practices in this
World Heritage site.