Brühl (pronounced [bʁyːl] (About this soundlisten)) is a town in the Rhineland, Germany. It is located in the district of Rhine-Erft, 20 km south of the Cologne city center and at the edge of the Rhineland Nature Park, a famous nature reserve.

Brühl
Augustusburg Palace
Coat of arms of Brühl
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Location of Brühl within Rhein-Erft-Kreis district
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Brühl is located in Germany
Brühl
Brühl
Brühl is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Brühl
Brühl
Coordinates: 50°50′N 6°54′E / 50.833°N 6.900°E / 50.833; 6.900Coordinates: 50°50′N 6°54′E / 50.833°N 6.900°E / 50.833; 6.900
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionKöln
DistrictRhein-Erft-Kreis
Subdivisions7
Government
 • MayorDieter Freytag (SPD)
Area
 • Total36.12 km2 (13.95 sq mi)
Elevation
65 m (213 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total44,397
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
50321
Dialling codes02232
Vehicle registrationBM
Websitewww.bruehl.de
The Max Ernst Museum of modern art in Brühl.
Brühl market place about 1900.

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HistoryEdit

Brühl received its town privileges in 1285. From 1567 on, the city of Brühl was the official residence of the Prince Bishops of Cologne. In the 18th century the Prince Bishop Clemens August replaced a former ruined castle and built the Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces near the city center. Today, both are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Until 1990 Augustusburg Palace was used by the federal government to receive foreign heads of states visiting West Germany.

Panoramic view of Brühl as seen from the 1959 build Stelzenhaus skyscraper.

Main sightsEdit

  • The amusement park Phantasialand.
  • The Max Ernst Museum, opened in 2005. It displays sculptures and paintings of the surrealistic artist Max Ernst (who was born in Brühl) and other modern art.
  • Local history and pottery are shown in two small museums in the city center.

InfrastructureEdit

Brühl station is on the Left Rhine line and the nearby Kierberg station is on the Eifel railway. Brühl also has several stops on line 18 of the Cologne tram line.

Notable peopleEdit

Twin TownsEdit

Brühl has five international twin towns:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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