Castles Augustusburg and Falkenlust, Bruehl
Schloss Augustusburg und Falkenlust, Brühl - www.schlossbruehl.de
When a UNESCO World Heritage site is almost next door to where you live, you´re really missing out if you don´t take a look. So, when we finally managed to take a day off, the destination was obvious...
Augustusburg was built on the ruins of a medieval water castle from 1725 onward and it was the favorite home of Clemens August von Wittelsbach, Prince Elector and Archbishop of Cologne (1700 - 1761) - a relative of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Nowadays, it is being used by the government as a representative location for official functions - and it was just our luck that we we picked a day for our visit on which the castle was closed for one. So we only really saw the outside, but that was worth seeing, too.
The baroque gardens were created from 1728 onwards in the French style. They have been carefully restored and today belong to the most authentic 18th century gardens in Europe. Our Travel Blythe, Rosie, is still a little bit disappointed that she´s not getting to see the castle interior. And it looks like rain to boot.
The English gardens were added in the mid 19th century. We took a nice walk over to Falkenlust, Clemens August´s hunting castle - which, it turned out, was closed, too: this time for refurbishing.
Built in a much shorter time than Augustusburg (1725 - 1768), between 1729 - 1737, Falkenlust is said to be one of the most beautiful examples of Rokoko style in Germany, and together with Augustusburg forms a unique ensemble which has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The little pavilion is the Seashell Chapel, built in 1730. It contains a kind of crossbreed between a baroque chapel and an artificial grotto. Of course that one was closed, too... why should it have been any different?!
At least we definitely have a reason to visit again some day!!