A number of different families were in charge of Brody over the course of time. The first lords of Brody were the Biebersteiners. The Brody majorate was then bestowed on the von Promnitz family. After the death of the last descendant, the village was taken over by the Watzdorf family. Brody’s town rights, its architectural form and its heyday were achieved by Count Heinrich von Brühl, the first minister of the King of Poland and by Saxony’s Great Elector August II, who bought the estates and had his residence built in Brody. King August II usually stayed at the castle in Brody to take a rest when travelling from Germany to Warsaw. Brody lost its town rights just after the end of World War II. The castle was burned to the ground. Nowadays, Brody is famous for its baroque architecture and the city gate (called “Forster Tor”), as well as the castle complex that is gradually being renovated. The historic landscape conservation park with its lake is a wonderful sight. The park is home to almost all European tree species. Rare trees from America and Asia can also be seen here.