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November 29, 2018

Germany: Augustusburg Palace


Augustusburg Palace

An easy day trip by train from Cologne’s central station is Augustusburg Palace in Brühl. The modestly sized palace was built at the beginning of the 18th century for the Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Clemens August of Bavaria. Visitors can join one of the frequent tours to see the inside of this UNESCO cultural World Heritage designated palace.

The outside of Augustusburg and the spacious associated gardens are attractive. But the real appeal is the inside. The lavish interior of the palace is considered one of the first examples of Rococo in Germany.

Wikipedia describes Rococo generally as a highly ornamental and theatrical style of decoration which combines asymmetry, scrolling curves, gilding, white and pastel colors, sculpted molding, and trompe l’oeil frescoes to create the illusions of surprise, motion and drama. That description more or less accurately describes the sumptuous interior of the Augustusburg Palace. Sadly you will have to take my word for it: No picture taking is allowed during the tours and the Internet is does not seem to have many pictures that do the inside of the palace justice. The best option is to visit Augustusburg and join a tour.

Augustusburg Palace viewed from the gardens

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Our visit to Augustusburg Palace was in October of 2017.

Reflections

A pleasant day in the middle of October is a good time for wedding pictures.

Family selfie

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