Falkenlust Palace

Brühl, Germany

Just a short, enchanting stroll away from Augustusburg Palace in Brühl, Falkenlust is located on the edge of a secluded grove as the favourite hunting lodge of the Cologne elector and Archbishop Clemens August (1700-1761).

One of the most intimate and precious creations of German Rococo was built in a few short years (1729-1737) according to the plans of François de Cuvilliés, court architect of the Bavarian elector. The construction site was selected in accordance with the flight path of the herons, the favourite prey in falconry. En route from their breeding grounds in the Palace Garden at Brühl to their fishing grounds on the Rhine near Wesseling, the herons were captured by the avid falconer Clemens August and his hunting parties.

Once the hunt was finished, the court would meet for dinner and entertainment in the lavishly appointed rooms of the hunting lodge Falkenlust. Characteristic of the perfectly preserved rooms are the sumptuously fashioned cabinets, already admired by the young Mozart in 1763.

In 1730 the construction of a chapel dedicated to Saint Mary of Egypt began in the immediate neighbourhood of the hunting lodge, which Pierre Laporterie fashioned as a much-admired grotto-style hermitage.

Since 1974, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia maintains the Hunting Lodge Falkenlust for the public as a museum. An exhibition in the auxiliary buildings portrays the art of falconry and displays the falconers’ life and workplace.

UNESCO honoured history and present of the Hunting Lodge Falkenlust by inscribing it together with Augustusburg Palace and their gardens and parks on the World Heritage List in 1984.

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Founded: 1729-1737
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Thirty Years War & Rise of Prussia (Germany)

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Martin Reurings (3 years ago)
Fair price to get some rich insights into the history and significance of these two buildings. Guided tours are to this date still the only way to visit the main building and although the tour is given in German, audio guides are supplied in other languages, among which English. Using a simple numeric code for each room, you'll still get the full information. The gardens separating the Castle from the hunting lodge are well maintained and provide a nice area for a short walk, with a 2.5 km walk (one way) at least if you choose to walk to the lodge, adding the same to get back to your car... Parking at the train station was quite reasonable at 1 Euro per hour. Get in early if you don't want to risk waiting in line just to get into the parking lot!
Peter Schmidt (3 years ago)
The palace was actually pretty cool but not overwhelmingly so, with the exception of the main entrance with the grand staircase. The next two rooms are interesting as well but not as much. The second best room is definitely the summer dining room at the end of the tour. I was not thrilled with the "English speaking" tour guide. She was fairly difficult to understand, which was partially because of her mask but probably more so because she mispronounced various words. I cannot comment on the gardens because they were sadly closed.
Daria Vavilova (3 years ago)
It was incredible! So beautiful castle ? nice and friendly stuff ? interesting excursion?
borna liravi (3 years ago)
A beautiful castle only a stone throw away from Cologne with a relaxing environment were people come to enjoy the amazing garden and take unique wedding photos.
Aleksandra Kuzia (3 years ago)
A beautiful place with a fantastic history. The area is so large that I recommend it for a day trip. It is worth noting that people who do not speak German can get a guide in their own language in the ticket price.
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