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The Brühl Palaces from close up, © Horst Gummersbach

The Brühl Palaces


Baroque build­ings of ex­em­plary char­ac­ter

The Baroque splend­our in Brühl is enough to take vis­it­ors’ breath away. Any­one stand­ing on the stair­case un­der­stands why oth­er princely courts once looked en­vi­ously upon Brühl.

The Au­gus­tus­burg and Falken­lust palaces in Brühl are two of Ger­many’s most im­port­ant ex­amples of Baroque and Ro­coco ar­chi­tec­ture, and served as mod­els for nu­mer­ous oth­er Ger­man courts. The ad­ja­cent Schlosspark (Palace Park) is an in­ter­na­tion­ally re­cog­nised monu­ment to the art of garden­ing, de­signed in the French style but with per­cept­ible ele­ments of Eng­lish land­scaped gar­dens.

The struc­tures in the Rhine-Erft dis­trict near Co­logne date back to Clem­ens Au­gust of the House of Wit­tels­bach, Arch­bish­op-Elect­or of Co­logne. In 1725 he is­sued a state­ment or­der­ing that a sum­mer house be built for him – the eponym­ous Au­gus­tus­burg Palace. Four years later, he gave the or­der for his hunt­ing lodge, Jag­dschloss Falken­lust, to be built, which would serve as his fal­conry base and as a private re­treat.

The two res­id­ences are linked by an av­en­ue run­ning through the ex­tens­ive Palace Park. A range of renowned artists and ar­chi­tects were in­volved in plan­ning and build­ing the palaces, gar­dens and grounds.

Many fam­ous vis­it­ors came to Brühl

For many years start­ing in 1949, Au­gus­tus­burg Palace was used as a ven­ue for of­fi­cial re­cep­tions held by Ger­many’s pres­id­ent and fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. This is where Ger­man pres­id­ents have re­ceived fam­ous state vis­it­ors such as Queen Eliza­beth II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nel­son Man­dela and even Pope John Paul II. Today, Au­gus­tus­burg Palace and the Falken­lust hunt­ing lodge are open to the pub­lic as a mu­seum.

A par­tic­u­larly im­press­ive fea­ture is the mag­ni­fi­cent stair­case de­signed by Balthas­ar Neu­mann. Every sum­mer a series of clas­sic­al and Baroque con­certs are held here. Ger­many’s only Haydn fest­iv­al is also part of the sum­mer pro­gramme.

In 1984, the two Brühl palaces, to­geth­er with their gar­dens and parks, were in­cluded in the list of UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Sites.

More In­form­a­tion:

Palace open­ing hours:
Feb­ru­ary - Novem­ber, Tues­day to Fri­day: 09:00 - 12:00, 13:30 - 16:00 (last ad­mis­sion)
Week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days: 10:00 - 17:00 (last ad­mis­sion)

Schlosspark (Palace Park): open year-round, daily

Palace con­certs in Brühl: every year from May to Ju­ly
2017: 13 May - 27 Au­gust

Haydn Fest­iv­al: every Au­gust

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The Brühl Palaces from a distance, © Horst Gummersbach
Schloss Falkenlust diente dem Kölner Kurfürsten als Jagdschloss, © Horst Gummersbach
Schloss Falkenlust ist elegant ausgestattet und eingerichtet, © Horst Gummersbach
Der Schlosspark wurde nach den Prinzipien der französischen Gartenkunst angelegt, © Stadt Brühl
Das Innere von Schloss Augustusburg lässt Besucher den Prunk vergangener Jahrhunderte erfahren, © Schlossverwaltung Brühl

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