Brühl (Rhineland)

Brühl (pronounced [bʁyːl] (listen)) 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.

Augustusburg Palace
Flag of Brühl
Coat of arms of Brühl
Location of Brühl within Rhein-Erft-Kreis district
Mettmann (district)Rhein-Erft-KreisNorth Rhine-WestphaliaHeinsberg (district)Rhein-Kreis NeussCologneWesselingRhein-Sieg-KreisDüren (district)Euskirchen (district)PulheimBergheimErftstadtHürthKerpenBedburgBrühlFrechenElsdorfBrühl in BM.svg
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Brühl is located in Germany
Brühl is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
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
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionKöln
 • Mayor (2020–25) Dieter Freytag[1] (SPD)
 • Total36.12 km2 (13.95 sq mi)
65 m (213 ft)
 • Total43,673
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02232
Vehicle registrationBM


Brühl market place about 1900

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 because of their outstanding rococo architecture. Until 1990 Augustusburg Palace was used by the federal government to receive foreign heads of states visiting West Germany.

Main sightsEdit

The Max Ernst Museum of modern art
  • 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 centre


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 towns – sister citiesEdit

Brühl is twinned with:[3]


Panoramic view of Brühl as seen from the 1959 built Stelzenhaus skyscraper


  1. ^ Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 29 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Städtepartnerschaften". (in German). Brühl. Retrieved 2021-02-10.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Brühl (Rheinland) at Wikimedia Commons