We live in Köln in Germany. It lies in western Germany, in a region that is particularly famous for beautiful castles and palaces. Although Köln itself does not have a Schloss (a palace in German), it is surrounded by towns full of gorgeous castles. One of the most famous ones is the small town of Brühl. It is a charming little place with two of the most beautiful palaces in North Rhine-Westphalia. Collectively known as the Brühl palaces, these include the magnificent rococo Augustusburg and the smaller, yet equally beautiful Falkenlust palaces. The Augustusburg palace is about 45 minute walk from the Falkenlust palace and both struc­tures and their gar­dens and parks are lis­ted as Un­esco World Her­it­age sites.

Augustusburg in Brühl

The light airy rococo style of Augustusburg

Commissioned by Cologne elector and archbishop Clemens August, the Augustusburg palace was completed in 1768. It was built on the site of the ruins of a medieval moated castle and its completion took about 40 years. Augustusburg Palace is a massive egg yolk yellow U-shaped three-story structure. It was designed by the Bavarian architect François de Cuvilliés and was famous as one of the most glorious rococo residences of its time. In fact, its architectural style makes Augustburg significant and its interiors are filled with light pastel colours, gold, and ornate stucco designs. These are in sharp contrast to the heavier and a bit gloomier baroque style and look as flirtatious as can be. Rococo interiors have a more light-hearted feel to them and place emphasis on nature, fun, and privacy rather than making ostentatious public statements. However, rococo interiors are magnificent and this can be clearly seen at Augustusburg palace.

The stunning rococo interior of Augustusburg in Brühl

Beautiful interiors of Augustusburg

Set amidst expansive landscaped gardens and parklands, the Augustusburg palace has a jaw-droppingly beautiful central staircase. Constructed from marble and stucco with jasper columns, it is bedecked with an impressive fresco on the ceiling. Despite the opulence, it is filled with light and the airy colours give it a sense of enormous space. This flirty, fun factor can be seen throughout the Augustusburg palace on its walls and every nook and cranny. There are tapestries that depict hunting scenes set in nature and the wallpapers are simply gorgeous. From an exquisite gilded Cuir de Cordoue; the red and white calico design to the cool blue tiles of the dining room, Augustusburg palace was made with a lot of love and an eye for details.

The exquisite gilded Cuir de Cordoue – embossed leather wallpaper

The private, intimate hunting lodge of Falkenlust

Falkenlust Castle on the other hand seems more homey and rough and ready. It is a hunting lodge that was also commissioned by Clemens August since he was an avid falconer and hunter. This castle was built on the flight path of the herons that nested in the Augustusburg Palace gardens. The location of this lodge meant that Clemens August and his hunting party could hunt the herons en route to their fishing grounds on the Rhine River, then head back to Falkenlust for a night of merriment. Despite its hunting lodge status, Falkenlust is beautiful nonetheless and is just two kilometers away from the Augustusburg palace. It was designed to feel like a country retreat rather than the main residence and is smaller, much more intimate, and has a higher concentration of different artistic influences. It was used as a hunting lodge and the ground floor rooms are decorated with motifs of this sport along with other natural elements. Falkenlust was a sanctuary for the residents to be away from the public life; let their hair down; be themselves and it was no wonder that Clemens August enjoyed holding his most private parties there.

Augustusburg and Falkenlust Castles, Bruhl, Germany

Falkenlust hunting lodge                  Photo Credit Timeturtle

Augustusburg Palace Travel Guide

Augustusburg can only be visited as a part of a guided tour. Falkenlust Castle, however, is open for you to explore at your own pace. It doesn’t matter which you see first although I suggest seeing Augustusburg first. Since the tours have a fixed timing and there are only a few English tours, it might be a good idea to base your trip around when the next tour is starting.


The Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces are located in Brühl. The official address is Parkplatz, Max-Ernst-Allee, Brühl 50321, Germany.

How to Reach

Just catch the train to Brühl or towards Bonn from Köln Hbf and they’re both a short walk from there. In fact, the Augustusburg Palace is right outside the Brühl train station.

Opening Hours

The castles are open at the following times:

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday to Friday 9 am – 4 pm (last admission)
  • Saturday | Sunday | Public Holidays 10 am – 5 pm (last admission)

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fees (guided tour incl.) to the Augustusburg are as follows:

  • Adult 9,50 €
  • Reduced 8,00 €
  • Family A 21,00 € (2 adults and their school-age children)
  • Family B 11,50 € (1 adult and his/her school-age children)
  • Falkenlust Castle: €4.50/€3.50
  • Combined ticket for both castles: €9/€7
Augustusburg Palace and its landscaped gardens

Augustusburg Palace and its landscaped gardens

Augustusburg and Falkenlust Castles, Bruhl, Germany

Falkenlust hunting lodge                  Photo Credit Timeturtle

Augustusburg and Falkenlust Castles, Bruhl, Germany

Falkenlust hunting lodge                  Photo Credit Timeturtle

Ceiling of Augustusburg

The central staircase at Augustusburg Palace

Beautiful frescoed ceiling

The beautiful Chinese-inspired ceramic fireplace at Augustusburg

Details of a tapestry at Augustusburg

For more information check out the official website of Augustusburg and Falkenlust.

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