Welcome to Brühl
Brühl wraps an astonishing number of riches into a pint-sized package. The town, halfway between Cologne and Bonn, languished in relative obscurity until the 18th century, when archbishop-elector Clemens August (term 1723–61) – a friend of Casanova and himself a lover of women, parties and palaces – made it his residence. His two made-to-impress rococo palaces, at opposite ends of the elegant Schlosspark, landed on Unesco's list of World Heritage Sites in 1984. Brühl's other big drawcard is Phantasialand, one of Europe's oldest theme parks.