Schlosspark Augustusburg


Prologue

 

 

Schloss Augustusburg and Schloss Falkenlust in Brühl together form a Gesamtkunstwerk which combines architecture, sculpture, painting and garden design. The ensemble is an example of a completely preserved 18th-century prince’s residence and has been recognised as a UNESCO cultural world heritage site since 1984. The Baroque garden dating from 1728 has survived almost intact to the present day.

Clemens August von Wittelsbach, the Cologne elector, created Brühl as his favourite residence. In 1727, he commissioned the French garden designer Dominique Girard with the planning of the Baroque gardens at the palace. Girard had been a pupil of André le Nôtre and was the creator of the garden at Versailles. He had also previously designed the gardens at Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich and the Belvedere palace in Vienna.