Schloss Augustusburg

Schloss Augustusburg, Bruhl: Hours, Address, Schloss Augustusburg Reviews: 4.5/5

Schloss Augustusburg
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,039 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The building is impressive and nice to see, but the nicest part was the gardens and the woodland walk. A nice bit of peace.
Written September 11, 2021
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Thomas A
Munich, Germany65 contributions
Jul 2021
A lot of people miss this apparently, so the locals told us - people just don't know its' there, but what a gem! Our visit was not long after reopening after pandemic lockdown, so it was very very quiet, we almost walked round alone. The palace is a baroque masterpiece of the first order, very ornate, and very well preserved. The gardens are also an important survival from that period. We also visited Schloss Falkenlust in the grounds, recently restored, and though smaller, just as sumptuous, and definitely worth the walk to visit.
Written July 15, 2021
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Mary Beth H
Amsterdam, The Netherlands303 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We had a wonderful visit to this Palace in Corona-time. Must reserve and be patient on phone. We went directly to desk and got the last”tour “ of the day 3:30-4:30 pm when they close. The tour consists of a guard more than guide, who directs you to info sheet in your language. No real tours due to Covid.
Gardens are lovely.
No photos allowed inside palace so be sure to buy small guidebook in your language. Large book only available in German but luckily my husband reads it so he bought one.
Sadly we didn’t have time for the hunting lodge.
My impression was that this was like a mini-Versailles.
We had time for lunch at the Bruhler Wirsthaus-former train station-excellent!
We returned after the tour for coffee and apple cake-not a bit was left and now we have to have carrots and cheese n crackers for dinner since we ate it all!

Go if you can!
Written July 23, 2020
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Mark R
Seattle44 contributions
Feb 2020
We enjoyed visiting the castle, not only the tour of the interior but also walking the beautiful grounds. We were there in February and I can only imagine how beautiful they must be later in teh springtime.
Written April 10, 2020
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alcor1922
Alameda, California1,466 contributions
Nov 2019
We were taken to the palace by a tour bus via Viking River Cruise. It's an optional offshore excursion that is worth every cent. We were blessed with a nice weather the day of our tour (considering it was in November) and was able to enjoy the inside and outside of the palace. Most of the rooms, particularly the grand staircase, were lavishly and ornately decorated. It is a masterpiece example of Rococo creations in Germany. Unfortunately, picture taking is strictly prohibited inside the palace. The palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage. It is a must-see attraction.
Written December 12, 2019
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Ned K
Franklin, NC697 contributions
Oct 2019
The palace represents one of the first examples of Rococo creations in Germany. Archbishop Clemens August had his palace built on the ruins of a medieval moated castle. The palace became one of the most glorious residences of its time. The architecture, sculptures, painting and garden design made the Bruhl palace a masterpiece. This is definitely a must-see place to visit.
Written November 2, 2019
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HFujita
Marilia, SP500 contributions
Oct 2019
It is in front of Bruhl station. You are supposed to pay to visit inside the palace. It worth each cent. It will take about 1 hour with a guide and option of translation for english, spanish, portuguese.
Written October 27, 2019
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Jenny W
Birmingham, Alabama, United States3,933 contributions
Oct 2019
It was rainy and chilly when we visited with a tour group in mid-October. We were able to get some photos outside, but were disappointed to learn that we could not take photos inside. The palace is so ornately decorated in places, I was just itching to pull the camera out of my pocket.
Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Clemens August of Bavaria (1700-1761) had this palace built as a summer residence, but rarely spent time here. Construction began on the palace in 1725 and four years later he had a hunting lodge built nearby - Falkenlust.
The main building is U-shaped with three stories. There is a spectacular staircase designed by Johann Neumann. Our guide informed us that, though it looks as if it is made of marble, it is stucco marble. This is even more expensive than marble and will wear away - no touching. There was a table set up in this room for demonstration of the technique - again, no photos. They used this technique because you can "create" marble with a particular pattern and color, more uniform. This grand staircase would have been the first thing guests saw when they arrived in the porte cochère.
Clemens August was able to use the palace, but died before the work was totally complete in 1769; he had twenty other palaces. We climbed stairs to see much of the palace, but a lift was available for one in our tour to use.
Beginning in 1949, Germany's president used the palace for official receptions. UNESCO declared Augustusburg a World Heritage Site in 1984. Today it is a museum and is used for summer classical concerts.
There are gardens and you could walk to the hunting lodge, but our tour did not get to do this because of winter hours. They were closing the palace and hunting lodge at 4:00pm and we would not have had time to walk to the lodge and take the tour. It was also spitting rain, so we missed the gardens and took the bus to the lodge. From what I could tell, the walk would have passed by the chapel on the way to the lodge.
Written October 26, 2019
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Davina W
Westbrook Court, UK15 contributions
Oct 2019
a gorgeous place to visit on a lovely sunny day the first sight of it is a "WOW" in all its glory it stands proud in its beautiful gardens
Written October 17, 2019
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,239 contributions
Nov 2018
This was an excursion from our Viking river cruise, and using a guide here is wise. The scale of the buildings here led me to use my zoom lens and no tripod on my DSLR. I downrated the site to three stars because we were not allowed to take photos inside. Outside, the buildings and classic gardens offer many subjects. We visited in the afternoon, so lighting and clouds were good. Flat lighting could be a problem since the colors are pastels. Be sure to walk around and visit all of the buildings on the site.
Written October 15, 2019
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