|UNESCO #288 - Augustusburg Castle, Brühl - GERMANY|
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl - GERMANY - UNESCO #288
On my way to Köln I've decided to cross another UNESCO site from my bucket list and took a small detour to Brühl in order to visit the Castle of Augustusburg to find it closed at 16:15! Seriously Germany, an UNESCO WHS closing at 4 o'clock in August? And you still have the nerve to say the southern Europe doesn't work? Oh well, at least I could take a walk on the gardens (very nice by the way) and buy a postcard on the shop - number 110 of my collection, only 871 to the end.
Augustusburg and Falkenlust present the first important creations of the Rococo style in Germany. For more than a century, they served as models for most of the princely courts. Like the Residence of Würzburg, the castles and gardens are outstanding examples of the large princely residence of the 18th century. Set in an idyllic garden landscape, Augustusburg Castle, the sumptuous residence of the prince-archbishops of Cologne, and the Falkenlust hunting lodge, a small rural folly, are among the earliest examples of Rococo architecture in 18th-century Germany.