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Stiftung Fürst Pückler Museum Park und Schloss Branitz (Schloss)

Branitz Castle – The World of Prince Pückler

Visitors will only see original interior from the world and the era of Prince Pückler in Branitz Castle. While the library allows the visitors to familiarise themselves with his thinking, the Oriental rooms will take people on the great journey of the prince to the pyramids of Egypt. This is where the only existing portrait of the legendary Machbuba, the princess from the Cairo slave market, is on display. Along with other remarkable “souvenirs“ such as, for example, canopic jars. The intestines of the mummified dead were buried in these mythical funerary vessels. A special focus of attention is the original wallpaper that has been painted like Oriental carpets. The rooms of Pückler’s wife Lucie have also been restored according to original findings. The most magnificent room is the music chamber. This is where special events are held today. People can also get married in these royal surroundings. An English fortepiano that the prince bought and which Clara Schuhmann and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy already played on can be seen as well as a gallery of ancestors in the vestibule. The paintings include works of art from the Saxon court painter Silvestre and from the Prussian court painter Pesne. A different kind of painting are the pictures from Carl Blechen (1798–1840). The Branitz collection of paintings by this renowned landscape artist is second only to the collection of the National Gallery.

 

Prince Pückler – A Colourful Personality of the 19th Century

Hermann Prince von Pückler-Muskau (1785–1871) was one of Europe’s greatest garden artists, a dandy, a womaniser, a successful travel book author, good company and an enthusiast of fancy food who gave his name for an ice cream.

Beginning with his park in his lordship of Muskau, he developed an internationally recognised ”trademark“ in designing English-style landscape gardens. After selling Muskau he transformed the ”desert“ of his old estate in Branitz into a ”masterpiece“. He also had an important function in the design of the park of the later Emperor Wilhelm I in Babelsberg. Pückler was in contact with leading figures from politics, science and society of his time. Through his lifestyle he also delivered Branitz out of its provincial existence. His extensive travels, which took him all the way to the Orient and to England, shaped his cosmopolitan character which shows in his work in a variety of ways. Pückler had a great ability of moving about in all circles with great ease, whether in parlours, the newspapers or during his courtship when he drove a harnessed team of stags along a main highway in Berlin. His chosen one was Lucie von Hardenberg, a relationship that even endured a formal divorce.

He enacted his death through a burial in the lakeside pyramid of Branitz Park with a mighty final chord.

 

Permanent Exhibitions

The Castle
“... everything is different here from other , places, fantastic, surprising , magical ...”
This is how a contemporary of Prince Pückler described Branitz. The castle with its interior is the stage of this exhibition that depicts both the daily life of the prince as well as his spiritual horizon.

»Carl Blechen. Paint Wizard. Painter of Light.«
The landscape artist Carl Blechen was a master of this art. Not least the rendition of excellent light and colour effects of nature made him one of the most significant artists of the 19th century. The life and work of this artist, who was born in Cottbus in 1798, are shown on the upper floor of the castle. Valuable permanent loans of the Federal Republic of Germany and new acquisitions supplement the “Cottbus Collection“ that focuses on the first half of the 20th century in the town where Blechen was born. All the major periods of the painter’s work are on display here.

Address

Stiftung Fürst Pückler Museum Park und Schloss Branitz (Schloss)
Robinienweg 5
03042 Cottbus

E-Mail: info@pueckler-museum.de
Internet: www.pueckler-museum.de
Telefon: 0355 75150
Fax: 0355 7515230

Öffnungszeiten

1. April bis 31. Oktober:
täglich 10-18 Uhr

1. November bis 31. März:
Di-So 11-16 Uhr

Eintritt

Einzelkarte Schloss: 6,50 €
Einzelkarte Schloss ermäßigt: 4,50 €
Kinder bis zum vollendeten 12. Lebensjahr erhalten freien Eintritt
Ermäßigungen erhalten Schüler und Studenten mit entsprechendem Ausweis, Auszubildende, Freiwillige nach Bundesfreieilligendienstgesetz, Teilnehmer am freiwilligen Jahr, schwerbehinderte Menschen mit entsprechend gültigem Ausweis sowie Empfänger nach Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz, von Wohngekd und Leistungen gem. SGB II und XII
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