Muskauer Park / Park Muzakowski (2004)
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A landscaped park of 559.90-ha astride the Neisse river and the border between Poland and Germany, it was created by Prince Hermann von Puckler-Muskau from 1815 to 1844. Blending seamlessly with the surrounding farmed landscape, the park pioneered new approaches to landscape design and influenced the development of landscape architecture in Europe and America. 

Designed as a ‘painting with plants’, it did not seek to evoke classical landscapes, paradise, or some lost perfection, instead it used local plants to enhance the inherent qualities of the existing landscape. This integrated landscape extends into the town of Muskau with green passages that formed urban parks framing areas for development. The town thus became a design component in a utopian landscape. The site also features a reconstructed castle, bridges and an arboretum. 

This site is a transboundary property with Poland (as of yet no Polish stamps available). 

There are seemingly no stamps issued (yet) for the property as such; instead I have found this historical costume from Muskauer Park featured on a stamp. 
  • A very nice cancellation on a postal stationery card, Bad Muskau, 10th July 1985. 

    The prepaid stamp is an ordinary DDR-stamp that has nothing to do with the World Heritage property, but the cancel shows the arms of the Pückler-family, honoured on a cancellation for the bicentenary of Herman Pückler-Muskau, and the name of Hermann von Pückler-Muskau 1785-1871. 
  • German Dem. Republic 1977. Historical Costumes. Muskau. 

Germany 1985. A very nice cancellation on a postal stationery card, Bad Muskau, 10th July 1985. 

German Democratic Republic 1977. Historical Costumes. Muskau.

In its justification for inscription the UNESCO states that Muskauer Park is an exceptional example of a European landscape park that broke new ground in terms of development towards an ideal made-made landscape. Further, that the Muskauer Park was the forerunner for new approaches to landscape design in cities, and influenced the development of ‘landscape architecture’ as a discipline. 

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Many thanks to Mr. Gerhard Reichert (Germany) for all help and support. 

Other World Heritage Sites in Germany (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Germany for further information about such sites. 

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