It's been four (four!) years since we last visited Cottbus which is a shame, because I like Cottbus.We seem to travel through it a lot by train, on our way to other places. Mind you, the station doesn't have any lifts to the platforms, so it is a pain when you have a bike to lug up and down the stairs.
Schloss Branitz was the principle home of Fürst (Prince) Hermann von Pückler-Muskau, who also built the Schloss and park at Bad Muskau that we cycled to a few weeks ago. As at Bad Muskau, he landscaped an English-style park around his residence, Branitzer Parklandschaft.
Where you are distracted from the symmetry of the architecture by the statue of a naked woman mooning at you.
|Lake at the rear of Schloss Branitz|
The naturalistically coloured statue on the left with the blue robe is of a naked woman caught as if just got out of the lake after bathing.
I am beginning to see a theme here!
|Gilded bust in a rose arbor of famous opera singer Henrietta Sontag, with whom he was infatuated|
The lake pyramid is where Fürst Pückler is buried together with his Lucie.
The Branitz Park is a lovely place to spend a day-trip from Berlin. It is of course a copy of a landscape style that is itself an artificial construct. As such, it does feel a bit too idealised for me, especially when it doesn't have the flocks of sheep and herds of deer that a 'genuine' English landscaped garden usually has. It was infinitely preferable though to the artificial landscape that we visited later in the day on our bike trip, the terrifying (albeit spectacular) moonscape around Jänschwalde power station.