Brühl is a 20 minute, 4 stop train ride from the Köln main train station. Once you arrive in Brühl, the Schloss is located just minutes from the train station. The Schloss, called the Augustusburg Palace, represents one of the first examples of Rococo creations in Germany. The origin of the Schloss dates back to 1725, when archbishop Clemens August commissioned the construction of the palace on the ruins of a medieval moated castle. The palace gardens were designed according to French models and today is one of the most authentic examples of 18th century garden design in Europe. Next to the Baroque gardens are the forested areas designed based on English landscaping. The gardens and forests surrounding the castle are completely free to enter, and is a perfect spot to bring a picnic and the whole family to enjoy a summary afternoon in the Rhineland. Your pets are even welcome too, but in the gardens only. There are daily tours of the interior lead in German (audio-guides available for additional languages) to see the beautiful staircase of the Augustusburg Palace and the many, ornate state rooms.
Enjoy your afternoon trip to Brühl!