Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl

Parkplatz Max-Ernst-Allee, 50321 Brühl

+49 2232 44000

The Augustusburg Palace and Falkenlust Hunting Lodge are among Germany’s earliest examples of Rococo architecture. Together with the gardens that connect the two buildings, this area is one of the NRW’s five UNESCO World Heritage sites.

A quick history of the Castles of Augustus and Falkenlust

In 1725 Clemens August, archbishop and elector of Cologne, began construction of the Augustus Palace on the ruins of a medieval castle. A few years later the garden next to the palace was landscaped by a student of Versailles’s garden designer. By 1729, a hunting lodge was built, Falkenlust. In order to increase the likelihood of hunting opportunities, the location was planned. They placed it in the path of the heron from the palace to its final destination near the Rhein. Perfect for hunting.

Visitor information

Since then, both buildings have changed purposes and the gardens have changed designs. Today, Falkenlust is a museum. Visitors are welcome to explore it and the gardens at their own pace. The Augustusburg Palace is via guided tour only.

The two palaces are opened seasonally. Please check the website for dates and times.

Photo Credit: TablinumCarlson



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  1. aachzufor
    August 27, 2014 at 11:57 am Reply

    I had been there last October. Really nice place to spend a few hours walking around. I have not gone on the guided tour of the Palace, but otherwise, I think it’s beautiful overall! It’s about a 15 minute journey by train from the Köln Hbf. (Cologne Central Station) Definitely worth visiting!

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