Schloss Birlinghoven is located at the Fraunhofer Center Schloss Birlinghoven in Sankt Augustin, Germany. Fraunhofer Center Schloss Birlinghoven is one of the largest research centers for informatics and applied mathematics in Germany. About 500 scientists in three institutes and two research units work here on application-oriented solutions for industry and society.

The castle and workshop venue Schloss Birlinghoven has been designed by the Cologne architect Edwin Crones in 1901-1903. It follows the style of an English country estate or baroque palace, and in fact, its red bricks have especially been imported from Great Britain for authenticity. The castle was first used as family domicile and changed its owner several times during World War II. In 1959 the Deutsche Shell AG acquired Schloss Birlinghoven and set up new buildings for a fundamental research center. In 1968 the Federal Republic of Germany bought the estate and turned the campus into a research center for applied mathematics and information technology, which became part of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft at the beginning of the 21th century.
Not only the castle possesses an intriguing history, also the research at Schloss Birlinghoven has many highlights to offer. Among them are the well-known "Petri" nets, named after the former institute director Carl Adam Petri, the first parallel program for medium-term weather predictions and highly developed simulation techniques based on the fastest solvers worldwide for large systems of equations. Today, research at the Fraunhofer Center Schloss Birlinghoven includes grid and cloud computing, data mining and man-machine interactions.

A Walk through the Castle

Staircase Minerva Statue
Chapel Great Hall
Red Hall Green Hall