Upper Lusatia – a land rich in history. Having accumulated its wealth from the trading route of the Via Regia once, present-day Upper Lusatia is most of all intriguing by its unique natural beauty. Near the town of Bautzen, the Spree river gains power to eventually join the Havel river in 400-km-distant Berlin. The closed-down open-cast lignite pits that are turning into what is expected to become the nature reserve of the Lusatian Lake District are making an impression already. The characteristic half-timbered ‘Umgebinde’ houses closely related to the local weaving industry, which have now carefully been restored, are evenly fascinating.
Especially around Easter, there is plenty to see and hear in Upper Lusatia. The Easter eggs, finely painted with filigree ornaments following old Sorbian tradition, delight young and old, and the festively adorned Easter riders on horseback rejoice visitors with their hymns.
Rammenau Castle (A)
Saxony’s most beautiful estate of country Baroque is situated in the very west of the Upper Lusatian region. Comprehensively restored, the rooms unfold their varied late-Baroque und early-Classicist splendour, taking the visitor back in time to around 1800. The castle itself has seen an eventful history: many conversions in the 18th century changed the appearance of the manor. Since 1993, the castle and garden have been in possession of the Free State of Saxony. By the way, the visitor will find diversity and aesthetic abundance not only in its architectural design, but also in the culinary respect. The chambermaids and chef theserve extraordinary meals in the historical dining rooms, ably combining original Lusatian delicacies with Mediterranean freshness.
Further to Station B - Hotel Gaussig House, 16 km
Hotel Gaussig House (B)
Anybody who wishes to spend some days relaxing and at the same time experience an aristocratic lifestyle will have found their dream domicile here. Gaussig, one of the most prominent palaces in Upper Lusatia, is now a spacious hotel which combines the spirit of past times with today’s demands for comfort and luxury.
Further to Station C - Prince-Pueckler-Park-Bad Muskau, 73,4 km
Count Pueckler Park, Bad Muskau (C)
At the end of the tour, take on a comfortable coach ride through this unique park or discover it by bike. Count Pueckler-Muskau had been inspired by English landscapists and created a complex piece of garden art on 830 hectares, which harmoniously combines the seemingly infinite landscape with its optical centre of the New Castle. On the estate of the Muskau Park that has been listed as a site of German-Polish UNESCO World Heritage since 2004 you can experience how Pueckler once formed an impressive piece of garden art arranging oak, lime, beech and poplar, extensive meadows, cleverly laying out paths and flower gardens around the castle. The castle museum has the spectacular exhibition »Pueckler! Pueckler? Simply unbelievable!« on display providing the opportunity to learn more about the multi-facetted count.