The Last Castle

Just a little over a year ago, I stepped into my first Castle, The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg in Orschwiller, France. img_0614

In the year following, I would sleep in the Schönburg Castle of Oberwesel Germany, Walk the halls of the inspiration of Jane Austen’s Pemberley, and climb the Siebengebierge to the top of the Drachenfels Ruins!

Today, I visited my last castle in Europe, the Augustusburg Palace in Brühl.

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Alice and I have been meaning to visit this castle since approximately the first day we arrived in Germany. Between our different schedules, or Germany’s bouts of bad weather, we hadn’t made it out. Originally planned for Friday of this week, I went to double check the opening hours and thank goodness for that because today was the very last day the castle was open for the year.

It was a beautiful day. Cold, almost bitterly so, but with the sun radiating down and shining on the frosted leaves making them look like crystal, we were simply happy to take part in and learn a little more about German history.

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The castle was built for Clemens August, an archbishop for the Catholic Church as well as a member of the Wittelsbach family which was a prominent royal family from Bavaria. It’s interesting to note that he was both prominent in the religious and secular worlds in Europe. To be quite frank, the castle lies in what I would now consider to be an irrelevant town in Germany. Nothing special. However, it provided the perfect location for Clemens August as he took care of business for the Church in Cologne and business for himself in Bonn. Unfortunately, he never got to see the palace finished in its entirety as he died before the finished product was completed after 43 years of construction in 1768.

As pictures were not allowed to be taken, I’ve borrowed a few from google so that you can see the splendor that lay inside.

Interesting Facts to Note:

  • The castle was most often used as a spring and summer home for hunting.
  • The stoves were made in Strasbourg, France, but incorporated influences from Asian countries.
  • The castle retains much of its original wall paper which was made in Belgium. Each square was made by one calf and then painted with gold afterwards.
  • From 1949-1996, Guests of the Federal Republic of Germany were housed in this castle including Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The architecture was designed by Belgium’s François de Cuvilliés. 

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the castles as much as I have!

Happy Wednesday and Many Blessings!

~Kens

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