At first glance, the garden city “Marga” seems like a normal small town: tidy, ordinary and homely. However, Marga is a work of art: The garden city was designed on the drawing board by the architect Georg Heinsius von Mayenburg and then built by a single developer and within just a few years. Between 1907 and 1915 the mining company Ilse Bergbau AG realised its vision of a works housing estate with high quality of living. The goal was to create a functional yet people-friendly residential area for mining staff and their families. This is how Germany’s first garden city with its green alleyways, gardens with blossoming fruit trees and individual architecture with artisan elements came to be. Visitors can learn about the unusual living conditions of the workers in guided tours and exhibitions.
The cycle paths “Lakeland Route” and “Prince Pueckler Cycle Path” go past the garden city Marga. The pocket guide “Entdecker-Tour Nr. 10” is perfect for an individual cycle tour following the traces of regional and mining history.
The garden city can be visited at any time. Tours of the garden city can be booked at the tourist information centre in Senftenberg. Exhibitions in “Kaiserkrone” are open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., every Wednesday and Sunday from June to October.