Augustusburg Palace

Brühl, Germany

Augustusburg Palace represents one of the first examples of Rococo creations in Germany. For the Cologne elector and archbishop Clemens August of the House of Wittelsbach it was the favourite residence. In 1725 the Westphalian architect Johann Conrad Schlaun was commissioned by Clemens August to begin the construction of the palace on the ruins of a medieval moated castle.

In 1728, the Bavarian court architect François de Cuvilliés took over and made the palace into one of the most glorious residences of its time. Until its completion in 1768, numerous outstanding artists of European renown contributed to its beauty. A prime example of the calibre of artists employed here is Balthasar Neumann, who created the design for the magnificent staircase, an enchanting creation full of dynamism and elegance. The magical interplay of architecture, sculpture, painting and garden design made the Brühl Palaces a masterpiece of German Rococo.

UNESCO honoured history and present of the Rococo Palaces by inscribing Augustusburg Palace – together with Falkenlust Palace and their extensive gardens – on the World Heritage List in 1984. From 1949 onwards, Augustusburg Palace was used for representative purposes by the German Federal President and the Federal Government for many decades.

In 1728, Dominique Girard designed the palace gardens according to French models. Owing to constant renovation and care, it is today one of the most authentic examples of 18th century garden design in Europe. Next to the Baroque gardens, Peter Joseph Lenné redesigned the forested areas based on English landscaping models. Today it is a wonderful place to have a walk.

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Founded: 1725-1768
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Thirty Years War & Rise of Prussia (Germany)

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Chris Peacock (6 months ago)
Beautiful interior and interesting guided tour. There was an English audio guide which was helpful. For anyone needing to sit down during the hour tour, small portable stools were available round the castle. Thoroughly recommended.
Svetlana Shiyka (6 months ago)
We waited for a group to gather to gain entrance and were given the recorders to play in English as the group was mostly German-speaking teenagers with a teacher. The English information was much shorter than what was described in German and the tour would be otherwise much shorter had we been allowed to walk freely through the rooms. Since we had to wait each time for German-speaking guide the tour lasted about an hour.
Melissa Jensen (6 months ago)
Stunning! So happy to visit here and learn the history of the building and the people who lived here. The palace is beautiful and there are so many interesting details and decorations. The guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. There isn't much for a gift shop but very nice bathrooms.
AM G (6 months ago)
Great place to visit in your free time. Access is free. Parking in the area might be a little hard but with confidence and patience you will manage to find.
Nrusinha Mahapatra (7 months ago)
Beautiful castle with a huge garden. Pet friendly as well. Right now it's undergoing renovations so some parts were covered and not accessible.
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