Eight questions for...

Christiane Winkler, historian and art historian

When I visit the World Heritage Site at Brühl, what should I definitely not miss?

After a guided tour of Augustusburg Castle, the archbishop's old summer residence, you should - weather permitting - take a stroll through the Baroque gardens and the English landscape park to the Falkenlust hunting lodge.

What do you particularly like here?

The Falkenlust hunting lodge is an enchanting addition to the prestigious Augustusburg. It has a very intimate and private atmosphere, which gives visitors today an idea of the lust for life that people had back in the 18th century.

Do you have an insider tip?

During the summer season there are themed guided tours, which I can highly recommend, especially the so-called treasure hunt. These give you a glimpse behind the scenes of Augustusburg Castle - for instance at the servants' area hidden beyond the grand halls.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

The unique and superb staircase by Balthasar Neumann of course - the pride of Augustusburg Castle.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

Actually all the seasons have their charm. Spring is particularly attractive because of the many herbaceous plants in the wooded area of the castle gardens. You'll find plants growing here that have become rare elsewhere - like the corydalis, the wood anemone or the Scented Solomon's Seal. A forest floor covered with these plants is a delight for any nature lover.

What else should I see here?

I highly recommend a visit to the Max Ernst Museum in Brühl. It contains works from the Brühl-born artist's early Dadaist phase, as well as the Schneppenheim collection, which encompasses almost all of Max Ernst's graphic work.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

As Brühl is located in the "Vorgebirge" agricultural area, which is strong on asparagus, you should make sure to have an asparagus meal in May or June. Otherwise you should try the Rhenish Sauerbraten pot roast.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

As an Egypt fan I would like to see visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the Nile.

Christiane Winkler

is from the region around the World Heritage city of Cologne.

She studied history, art history and literature in Bonn and then cultural management in Cologne. She is the official historical authority and press officer for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl.



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