Bob had read about Worlitz Park being a birding hot spot and oldest garden in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site so we wanted to go. We got up, dressed and showered and went for breakfast.
Afterwards, we hired a taxi that the hotel clerk called for us and we met it outside Luther's House next door (entry to the Best Western is a bit difficult) since there's no driving on the main street (although the rescue vehicle's can enter by lowering a post in the middle of the road, which is cool).
The drive to the park was spent discussing with our taxi driver whether he could move to the United States. I told him to look at the jobs pages for each of the states and check his qualifications and apply since he'd need a green card and that's easier done if he is hired somewhere, but Bob explained it isn't that easy to get a green card. The young man explained he had experience with electrician, mechanical and computer skills but not much about his education which I told him was in demand but Bob warned him most electrician jobs required an apprenticeship. He was working three jobs, his last position paid him 7 Euros and he wanted to know about the associated earnings in the US which we said varied, $40 an hour for electricians, $50-100,000 for computer specialists. We had a friend who had a PhD in Engineering who had moved to the US and continued to pay his German Social Security taxes because he wanted to return and retire in Germany. When we were let off, we arranged to have a taxi return to pick us up at the same spot at 5 pm.
Worlitz Park turned out to be a wonderful experience. It involved a long walk (with bathrooms located at three points inside the 700 sq. hectare property, over a large number of canals.
Many lakes were connected by the canals. The trees were a mix of deciduous and evergreen of many species, the walkways lined with wild roses, or grasslands mixed with wild flowers and even at one point a farm field of some cereal, a very bluish sort of wheat or barley, maybe.
On the property are a Castle House, a Castle, several houses, a building like an observatory with statues inside, many statues, and lots of decorative bridges.
We birded through the property finding many fun new birds. The Cuckoo enticed us on one side of a treed area where we couldn't find him until he flew over to the other side. His call is quite deep and resonant.
Later, I loved catching sight of the Great Crested Grebe found in the furthest part on the left side of the park (from the entry) in the lake. Their crests are raised and lowered and quite decorative. We searched through Scandanavia and England for these and it was fun to finally see them.
We had about an hour upon our return to town and we decided on drinks instead of touring the castle. We found our meeting point then walked a short way to the Landhouse Worlitzer hotel where we had Radeburger beer and a eis, apple strudel with hazelnut ice cream and vanilla cream.
The waiter had halting English better than our awful German and we learned the word for fork, gabel or kunchgable which is a dessert fork. Eventually, we were so humorous a man at the next table said why don't you speak English since I can speak both languages. He shared he was on vacation from Hannover and they were to take a dinner cruise through the park that night. He was surprised that with my family background I hadn't learned German and when I thought about it it was because German wasn't taught in our high school, we only had a French and Spanish teacher and though I wanted to learn Spanish, it was full so I took French.
We returned to the hotel and had dinner and another dessert and headed to bed.
Birds: Starling, Mallard, Wood Duck, House Sparrow, Common Blackbird, Great Tit, Willow Tit, Mute Swan, Hooded Crow, Pied Flycatcher, *Common Cuckoo, Blackheaded Gull, Rock Dove, Common Woodpigeon, *?Red Kite, Barn Swallow, *Mistle Thrush, Tree Sparrow, *Great Crested Grebe, Chaffinch, Green Finch