Monday, June 8, 2009

Falkenlust

Today is my birthday and to celebrate I'm doing a post about an unapologetically pretty place: the Schloss Falkenlust in Bruhl, Germany. Think of this bit of pretty fluff as my birthday cake shared with you!
Built from 1729 till 1740 in the German Rococo style, the schloss or house is a folly on the grounds of the Baroque styled Augustusburg palace built by the Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Clemens August of Bavaria. The schloss was designed by the architect Francois de Cuvilliés around the same time as he designed the famous hunting lodge of the Nymphenburg Palace, Amalienburg, pictured below. You can see the influence.matching tea pavilion on the grounds
The Palace was recently opened to the public to view after years of private use as a state guest house for the president of Germany and I hope to visit one day!!
Pictures courtesy of Etanessa1324 on flickr.com.

19 comments:

Vasudha.dilip said...

hi !!!!

I lived in Germany for 6 years and have seen many schlosses... I have liked most of them.... but this one is truly unique...in its built...and looks so fresh and revived....

Atticmag said...

Hi Stefan, great piece. And hey to you being a fellow Gemini! Sending my very best birthday wishes on your special day. And remember, since we are the sign of the twins, you get to eat TWO pieces of cake! Jane T.

Ifthikhar said...

Hi...Great Blog...I loved the snaps...

Blue said...

Happy Birthday, Stefan! May you have many, many happy returns of the day.

Style Redux 2 said...

Stefan-Happy Happy! We will all have to sing Happy Birthday to you Friday night and totally embarrass you!

So Haute said...

Happy Birthday Stephan!

YSLGuy said...

I don't know why but it slightly reminds me of Le Petit Trianon at Versailles. Just a bit though.

Happy Birthday!!

Terry said...

Happy B'day. Isn't it great that we can share this "pretty place" on all your birthdays.

Paul Pincus said...

happy birthday, s!

loved this gorgeous post.

have a gorgeous birthday.

Pigtown-Design said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope that you have a wonderful day and that you do something special.

xoxoxox

David said...

Happy birthday Stefan!

home before dark said...

Happy birthday. Too bad a model isn't available for you to build of this German confection...or is there?

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Thanks everyone! I'm heading to the movies tonight to see 'Easy Virtue' and to dinner :-)

I don't know if there is a model of this schloss -i'll have to check - It would be a fun one!

Allie in G'town said...

Happy Birthay Stefan and no apologies needed! Swanky digs, no doubt...and I highly suggest the Netti for it's a miracle worker. XXOO

Things That Inspire said...

Happy birthday! What an architectural treasure. Love the gates too.

I thought about your French 'lanterne' house when creating my post today!

Janet said...

Oh, pretty, pretty! And, here we should be treating you on your birthday. Hope it is a fabulous one!

Judith. ..de Santa Fe said...

A beautiful Birthday Post ....
and an enchanting tour of a delightful
Folly!
HappyHappy ---
Jjj

VictoriaArt said...

Oh Stefan, I lived in Bonn and studied art in Cologne, I visited the grounds, park and nearby Schloss Bruehl very often! My older boys played there...
Happy Birthday one more time!
Lots of love!
Victoria

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Thank you for sharing this absolutely delicious pile of Rococo perfection. LOVE IT!