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Augustusburg Castle at Brühl

Augustusburg Castle - Schloss Augustusburg at the small town of Brühl is situated about 20 km southwest of Cologne. Augustusburg Castle represent one of the earliest examples and most breathtaking creations of the Rococo architecture in Germany, it was built from 1725 to 1768. Augustusburg Castle was built for Clemens August I of Bavaria, at first he was a Prince-Bishop of Regensburg and Hildesheim, later he also served as Archbishop of Cologne and Grand Master of the Teutonic Order. Augustusburg Castle was designed and decorated by the most famous architects and artists of that time. The castle is decorated with frescoes, sculptures, blue and white Dutch tiles, and Delft pottery. Augustusburg Castle is known for its magnificent staircase, designed by Balthasar Neumann, one of the greatest German architects of that time, he also designed the famous Würzburg Residence and the New Town Hall in Bamberg. The German Government hosted receptions at Augustusburg Castle from 1949 until 1996. The Schlosspark of Augustusburg Castle was designed in the style of the French Baroque gardens of Versailles. A short stroll from Augustusburg Castle stands Falkenlust Castle. The Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.

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Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: Augustusburg Castle was built in between 1725 and 1768 on the ruins of a medieval castle and...

Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: Augustusburg Castle was built in between 1725 and 1768 on the ruins of a medieval castle and represent one of the earliest examples and most breathtaking creations of the Rococo architecture in Germany. The imposing castle was built for Clemens August I of Bavaria, he died before it was completed. The Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.

  1. Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: Augustusburg Castle was built in between 1725 and 1768 on the ruins of a medieval castle and...

    Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: Augustusburg Castle was built in between 1725 and 1768 on the ruins of a medieval castle and represent one of the earliest examples and most breathtaking creations of the Rococo architecture in Germany. The imposing castle was built for Clemens August I of Bavaria, he died before it was completed. The Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.

  2. Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: The main entrance gate of Augustusburg Castle. Behind the wrought iron gate stands...

    Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: The main entrance gate of Augustusburg Castle. Behind the wrought iron gate stands Augustusburg Castle, the first Rococo masterpiece in Germany. The Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust are only accessible by guided tour. It is not permitted to take any photos inside the castles at Brühl. The town of Brühl is situated about 20 km southwest of Cologne. 

  3. Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: Augustusburg Castle is an U-shaped building. Augustusburg Castle was the principal...

    Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: Augustusburg Castle is an U-shaped building. Augustusburg Castle was the principal residence of Clemens August I of Bavaria, Archbishop of Cologne. The most impressive part of Augustusburg Castle is the central staircase, designed by Balthasar Neumann, one of the greatest German architects of his time. The staircase was built to impress visitors.

  4. Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - The Coat of Arms of Clemens August I of Bavaria on the façade of Augustusburg Castle at Brühl. The castle was designed and...

    The Coat of Arms of Clemens August I of Bavaria on the façade of Augustusburg Castle at Brühl. The castle was designed and decorated by the most prominent architects and artists. From 1949 until 1996, the German President and German Government hosted receptions at Augustusburg Castle, the most famous guests were Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, Michail Gorbatsjov and the Polish-born Pope Johannes Paul II.

  5. Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: The backside of Augustusburg Castle. The two castles at Brühl were embellished...

    Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: The backside of Augustusburg Castle. The two castles at Brühl were embellished with frescoes, sculptures and Delft pottery, the famous Dutch blue tiles, the walls are covered in leather and gold wallpapers. Both castles are located close to each other in Schlosspark Augustusburg. The Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl represent some of the earliest examples of the Rococo architecture in Germany.

  6. Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: Augustusburg Castle is surrounded by French Baroque gardens and an English...

    Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: Augustusburg Castle is surrounded by French Baroque gardens and an English landscape garden. The French Baroque gardens were created by Dominique Girard in 1728. The flower beds are surrounded by boxwood hedges, framed by borders planted with colourful summer flowers. The gardens are adorned with fountains, they were designed in the French garden style, inspired by the gardens of Versailles. 

  7. Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: The French Baroque gardens surrounding Augustusburg Castle are adorned with...

    Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: The French Baroque gardens surrounding Augustusburg Castle are adorned with garden ornaments such as huge vases. For more than a century, It took more than forty years to built and decorate the sumptuous castle and gardens. Augustusburg Castle served as a model for many other princely courts in Germany. The castle served as the summer residence for Clemens August I of Bavaria.

  8. Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: The huge square pond in Augustusburg Park. Augustusburg Castle is...

    Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: The huge square pond in Augustusburg Park. Augustusburg Castle is located in the background, mirrored in the still water of the huge square pond. The castle is one of the most breathtaking creations of the Rococo art and architecture in Germany. Augustusburg Castle is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl.

  9. Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: The Garden Walk in Augustusburg Park. The design of Schlosspark Augustusburg was inspired by...

    Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl: The Garden Walk in Augustusburg Park. The design of Schlosspark Augustusburg was inspired by the gardens of Versailles in France. A short stroll from Augustusburg Castle stands the Falkenlust hunting lodge, both castles are situated in Augustusburg Park. The French Baroque gardens are surrounded by forested areas, designed in the English landscape style.

  10. Augustusburg Castle at Brühl - Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust in Brühl: The roofline of Augustusburg Castle. The castle is lavishly decorated both...

    Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust in Brühl: The roofline of Augustusburg Castle. The castle is lavishly decorated both inside and outside. Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust Castle, a small Rococo hunting lodge, are situated in the German town of Brühl, about 20 km southwest of the historic old town of Cologne. The Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.