is a historical building complex in Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, which has been listed as a UNESCO cultural World Heritage Site since 1984. The buildings are connected by the spacious gardens and trees of the Schlosspark. Augustusburg Palace and its parks also serve as a venue for the Brühl Palace Concerts. The Max Ernst Museum is located nearby.
The gardens were designed by Dominique Girard. An elaborate flower garden for an area south of the palaces was also designed, but it was restructured by Peter Joseph Lenné in the 19th century and turned into a landscape garden. Attempts to renovate the area have proven difficult, due to poor source material availability.
The palaces were built at the beginning of the 18th century by the Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Clemens August of Bavaria of the Wittelsbach family. The architects were Johann Conrad Schlaun and François de Cuvilliés.
With Halloween just around the corner, let’s take a look at one of Germany’s creepiest places:
Castle sits on a hilltop overlooking the city of Darmstadt. It was
constructed sometime before the year 1250 by Lord
Conrad II Reiz of Breuberg, who founded the free imperial Barony of
Frankenstein. Over the coming centuries, the castle was home to various
different families and witnessed several territorial conflicts. In 1673,
Johann Conrad Dippel - who later became an
alchemist - was born in the castle. The structure fell into ruins in
the 18th century and was restored in the mid-19th century.
most famous story is, of course, that of the alchemist who worked in
the castle in the 17th century. He was known to experiment
with strange potions. He supposedly created an animal oil (which he
named “Dippel’s Oil”) that was a so-called “elixir of life”. There are
also rumors that the man studied anatomy and conducted experiements on
cadavers, some of which he dug up himself from
graves. There is no evidence that proves that any of this happened, but
local people believe the legends are true.
is believed that this historic castle and the story of the alchemist
inspired Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein.” There
is evidence that the author traveled to the region before writing her
book. And it’s no wonder that the castle served as an inspiration for
her spooky ideas: the structure is surrounded by thick, dark forests
shrouded in mystery, legends and folklore. There
is a place in the forest where compasses do not work properly. The
castle grounds were allegedly also home to a dragon in the early 1800s
and a fountain of youth that continues to attract women during a full
a group of American Airmen from the 435th Transportation Squadron heard
these stories in 1978, they had an idea: they would
start an annual Halloween festival at this creepy castle. Today, the
Halloween festival at Frankenstein Castle is one of the largest in
Europe. If you’re in Germany this Halloween and would like to find a
place to celebrate this spooky American holiday, head
over to Frankenstein Castle - you’ll be sure to get a good scare!