Prince of tides

Muskauer Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the German-Polish border, is currently under water after the Neisse River broke its banks. The 20th century historians among you may remember the Neisse playing a supporting role in the contentious Oder-Neisse Line, used after the war to define the eastern extent of Germany (and subsequently East Germany) but only definitively recognised in 1992, after reunification.

The estate, you may also recall, was established by famed 19th century German eccentric and Strange Flowers symbol Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. Although better known in his lifetime as a writer and adventurer, Pückler-Muskau saw the Saxon park as his greatest monument. It was an expression of his lifetime passion for landscape gardening, into which he poured his entire fortune.

It is also the resting place of his ill-fated lover, the slave girl Mahbuba.

I…just thought you should know.

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