This palace was built by Sophie Charlotte, wife of Friedrich I, crowned as the first king in Prussia in 1701. Apparently the residence started as a summer palace but grew on a major scale into the massive structure you see today. Just through the iron gates and and inside the courtyard is an equestrian statue of Friedrich I. Inside, there’s a columned rotunda with stucco reliefs depicting the virtues of Prussian princes in mythological terms. You can take guided tours of the Historical Apartments and get English translator at the ticket counter.
Charlottenburg Schloss (schloss means palace) is the biggest palace in Berlin. It was built as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Elector Friedrich III in 1695-1699, but several wings and extensions were added along XVIIIth century. The palace was badly damaged during the Second World War, and rebuilt in the fifties. Its splendorous Baroque style is particularly apparent in the Great Oak Gallery, a banqueting hall with magnificent carvings, and the Porcelain Room, with its valuable collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. The palace parkgrounds are beautiful and extense, in fact, quite relaxing, because the palace is located in a not very busy area of the city, which was Western Berlin when the city was divided. Adult admission fee is 7 euros. It closes on Mondays and opening times are from 9,00 to 17,00, except on Saturdays and Sundays, when it opens at 10,00.
Charlottenburg Schloss (Schloss significa palacio) es el palacio más grande de Berlin. Fue construido como residencia de verano para Sophie Charlotte, la esposa del Elector Friedrich III en 1695-1699, pero varias alas y extensiones fueron añadidas a lo largo del siglo XVIII. El palacio fue muy danhado en la Segunda Guerra Mundial y reconstruido en los cincuenta. Su esplendoroso estilo barroco es se nota especialmente en la Gran Galeria de Roble, un gran salon con tallados impresionantes y en la Habitacion de la Porcelana, con su valiosa colección de porcelanas china y japonesa. Los parques del palacio son hermosos y extensos, de hecho, bastante relajantes, porque el palacio esta situado en una zona no muy concurrida de la ciudad, que era Berlin Occidental cuando la ciudad estaba aun dividida. El precio de la entrada es de 7 euros para los adultos. Cierra los lunes y el horario de apertura es de 9,00 a 17,00, excepto los sabados y domingos, que abre a las 10,00.
The Charlottenburg palace is the largest palace in Berlin. It was built in several stages. The original, central part was constructed between 1695 and 1699. It was intended as the summer home for Sophie Charlotte, Elector Frederick III's wife.
The palace was expanded after Frederick became the first Prussian King, Friedrich I.
The Swedish master Johann Eosander von Göthe supervised the expansion, which in-cluded the addition of the copula and the construction of the orangery wing.
The east wing was added between 1740 and 1746 by Frederick the Great (King Friedrich II).
Severely damaged by allied bombing in 1943, the palace was meticulously reconstructed after the war. The splendid interiors like the Eichengallerie, a 1713 gallery lined with oil paintings and the Porzellan-kabinett, with a fine display of Chinese and Japanese porcelain are remarkably well restored. Also noteworthy are the Schlosskapelle - the palace's small chapel, the Weisser Saal, the rococo style Goldene Galerie and the Galerie der Romantik, with a collection of works of German Romantics.
This baroque palace comes in place #10 among the great palaces in Europe. Guided tours are only in German.
We didn't like the palace when we arrived. It looked plain and lonely. Almost no tourists. So we didn't get in. The other reason to visit this area was the Egyptian museum but it was already moved so it was kind of dissappointing. Just skip it.
8 euros including German tour. 2 euros just to see the upper rooms without a tour. Tue-Sun 10-17 hs. Closed on Mondays.
Unfortunately, we were not able to enter the palace. It was Monday - the day most museums are closed. So the collection of porcelain must still wait for us. But the walk in the park partly made up for it.
The park behind the palace was laid out in the French style. It's a perfect place for a stroll on a warm sunny day. Beautiful flowers, singing birds and few people - this is what it was like on a May day. At the end of the park there's a teahouse with another collection of porcelain.
The palace was built in 1695 on the orders of Elector Friedrich III for his wife Sophie-Charlotte. She was a woman of exceptional beauty and intelligence so she fully deserved such a residence, which first was intended as a summer palace. But when the Elector became the Prussian King Friedriech I, the palace was expanded.
It's a fine example of Baroque style. Its creamy colour together with the green of the dome make it look light, graceful and feminine.
In the front courtyard you can see a proud statue of the great Elector on a horse.
We wandered around this palace on our way back to the airport. Took the 109 bus heading to the airport and jumped off on the way for a stroll and a coffee.
Originally built for the sixteen year old bride of the Elector Fredrich of Brandenburg in 1684, but it was of course badly damaged in the war and restoration began in the 1950's.
Modelled on Versailles
Schloss Charlottenburg was built as a rural retreat, an "escape from the pressures of urban life" for Charlotte, wife of the Frederick III Elector of Brandenburg-Prussia. Frederick was later the first king of Prussia, his wife the first Queen. Now their idyllic Schloss is enveloped by the city, but it still retains an air of cultured escapism.
Even if you aren't a big fan of North German Baroque Architecture, Schloss Charlottenburg is well worth a visit for the beautiful grounds the chateau is located on. The park is exceptionally well maintained, open gratis to the public, and is a favorite haunt of Berliners for jogging, strolling, and lotus-eating. Check out my Charlottenburg Travelogue for my own meanderings through the palace grounds.
So instead of actully taking a look inside the castle, we decided to take a break from our day and hang out in the back yard so to say, and look around there. It was really nice and there were ducks and bridges on some spots where it allows you to take some great pictures.
We visited this castle and it was very nice. On the outside, I was told that it was made of gold which is neat. For a small fee, you can go inside the castle and take a look around...in my case, we didnt have enough time for the amount of stuff we wanted to see so we just looked at the front and hung out in the backk of the castle for a bit.
The palace has been constructed for Queen Sophie Charlotte end of the 17th century. It was kind of summer retreat for the queen. We did a nice walk through the gardens on the back side of the palace, unfortunately we passed by on a monday when most of museums are closed, so we couldn´t go inside.
Tuesday to Friday 09:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
This is such a lovely place in Berlin. I really like it there. Once you get in there, you can get lost in the serenity and calmness of the place.
What I remembered was the majestic buildings, carefully well-maintained gardens, ducks swimming in the ponds, a lovely huge fountain right in the front of the Palace, quiet walks among the tall trees with nice clean benches for you to sit down and have your sandwiches (for me, at least !!) .. loads of photography opportunities :-))
To view more impressions, please have a look over at the travelogue below.
The palace was intended as the summer residence for Sophie Charlotte - the wife of Elector Friedrich III. Building started in 1695 following Johann Arnold Nering's design. It was enlarged between 1701- 1713 by Johann Eosander von Gothe by the addition of the Orangery wing.
Constructing the palace of Charlottenburg took more than 100 years. Planned in order to become quite a small palace it now has a length of 505 meters. Not only the palace, but also the park are worth a visit. The whole areal was heavily damaged in World War II, the restauration works took a long time....
This is the largest palace in Berlin and was built originally as a summer home (?!) for Sophie Charlotte, wife or Frederick III. The allies bombed it during WW2; hence, like much of Berlin, the Schloss was rebuilt after the war.