|Pedestrian area with cafes and restaurants (Uhlstrasse), lovely old buildings|
|Shopping Centre (top), French bakery C'est la vie (yellow building), statue in a roundabout|
|Typical German houses|
We drove back into Bruhl for lunch and found a Mexican restaurant where we took cover from the rain while we had something to eat.
Eventually the clouds cleared and we walked to the nearby Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces.
|Panoramic photo of Augustusburg Palace|
The palaces are two of Germany’s most important examples of Baroque and Rococo architecture, served as models for numerous other German courts. The adjacent Schlosspark (Palace Park) is an internationally recognised monument to the art of gardening, designed in the French style but with elements of English landscaped gardens.
The 120 room Augustusburg palace was started in 1725 as a summer house for Clemens August of the House of Wittelsbach, Archbishop-Elector of Cologne. It took over 40 years to be completed because Clemen's brother didn't like the first version designed by a German architect, so it was demolished and construction commenced again under a French architect, and was completed in 1768.
An hunting lodge, Jagdschloss Falkenlust, was also built, which would serve as a falconry base and private retreat. The two residences are linked by an avenue running through the extensive Palace Park. (We didn't walk to the hunting lodge)
From 1949, Augustusburg Palace was used as a venue for official receptions held by Germany’s president and federal government - where for example Queen Elizabeth II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela and even Pope John Paul II were received by German presidents. Today, Augustusburg Palace and the Falkenlust hunting lodge are open to the public as a museum.
|The palace seemed to be a popular venue for wedding couples to take photos, as while we were there we saw two weddings|
|There are 4 statues in far end of the garden|
|A walk under the tree covered street that led to the hunting palace|
|Lots of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) feasting in the palace's garden (thanks to David for the info)|
|The saxophone player (thanks David Gascoigne again)|
|Bruhl Castle being advertised in this cute wooden horse and carriage|
|The phone box was a street library by the Town Hall, the wooden chair was outside a wood working shop, train station sign and Hotel sign|
|An unknown to me ride service - "Miles"|
|Signs from Karina's Kitchen|
|Coffee tin from Karina's kitchen|
|Hydrangeas in Karina's garden|