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.
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.
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.
Charlottenburg Palace is now the largest palace in the Berlin Area. Construction work started in 1695 for a new summer residence for Sophie Charlotte who was the wife of Friedrich III, Elector of Brandenburg. After his wife died in 1705 Friedrich named the palace and surrounding estate Charlottenburg in memory of Sophie Charlotte. Over the years the palace which started with only the cental section was gradually expanded with a frontage of 505 metres and the extensive gardens laid out. During WW2 the palace was severely damaged but has now been fully restored to its former glory.
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.
1. Charlottenburg Palace
2. Statue in the palace garden
3. The palace from a bridge in the garden
4. Walking towards the palace on Schlossstraße = Palace Street
From the excellent English-language audio guide we learned that this palace was originally built by Elector Frederick III as a summer residence for his wife Sophie Charlotte in 1699. It was later expanded into a royal palace after Frederick became the first Prussian King, Friedrich I.
The palace was severely damaged by allied bombing in 1943, but was carefully reconstructed after the war.
Behind the palace is a large park which was originally a formal French Baroque garden. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was gradually transformed into an English-style landscape garden. After the Second World War a small part right behind the palace was again laid out in the original French style.
Schloss Charlottenberg, situated very near to Brandenburg gate is the largest palace in Berlin. The palace was initially named as Lietzenberg. This was consturucted by the famous architect Arnold Nering for Sophie Charlotte, queen of King Friedrich I, the first king of Prussia.
After Friedrich's coronation in 1701, architect Eosander Von Gothe was entrusted the task of expansion and renovation of the palace as a summer retreat for the royal couple. The queen was a great philosopher and mathematician and lot of learned great men including Lebnitz were her friends. She took lot of interest in renovation and upkeep of this palace. After Queen Sophie's death in 1705 at a young age, the king named the palace after the queen as "Schloss Charlottenberg". The gardens of the palace, an English landscape model was completed later.
The exhibits here include magnificient paintings, artifacts, sculptors, statues etc. It has a room surfaced with decorative amber called "Bernsteinzimmer" described as the eighth wonder of the world.
This palace can be described as a smaller version of Versailles Palace, but equally beautiful.
Entry ticket costs Euro 13/- inclusive of audio guide.
My feet hadn't even been on the beautiful Berlin soil more than an hour before I was on my way to see the Schloß Charlottenburg!
When I was first researching for my trip to Berlin, I knew I wanted to see it badly, and I wasn't disappointed. It was built by King Friedrich II of Prussia for his wife Charlotte. It is filled with a grand art collection, and provides a glimpse into the life of Friedrich II and Charlotte, their fellow Prussian nobility, and other German history.
Admission price was "reasonable," and you must leave any bags you have with an attendant (and we had no problems with anything being stolen). NO PHOTOS are allowed inside, but you can snap as many as you want of the beautiful park that surrounds the castle. (A good place to make good use of your jogging shoes, too.)
Do you feel like getting away from the remnants of 20th century history to the early days of the Electors of Brandenburg? Charlottenburg Palace is the place to visit. It's the largest palace in Berlin; its construction started in 1695: Elector Frederick III had it built as a summer palace for his wide, Sophie Charlotte, and called it "Lietzenburg Pleasure Palace". After Sophie Charlotte's death it was named after her. Construction actually took place in several stages, spanning over 100 years, beginning with the central section, then the central tower, then the wings, the orangerie, the annexes...
In the coutryard there is an impressive Baroque statue of the Great Elector, Frederick William of Brandenburg, founder of the State of Brandenburg and Prussia, on horseback. You can see his frightened enemies almost trampled by his horse. This statue was commissioned by the Great Elector's son, Frederick III, to honor his father, and was unveiled on July 12th, 1703, the Elector's birthday. It used to stand elsewhere, was removed in 1943 and sent on board a ship for safety, but the ship was overloaded and sank in Tegel Harbor. After the statue was recovered, it was relocated to the courtyard of Charlottenburg Palace, which seems the natural setting for it.
The palace tour leads you through the historic apartments of Frederick I, Sophie Charlotte and Frederick the Great, with stucco decorations, antique furniture, paintings, porcelain, chinoiserie...
There is free entrance to the park behind the palace, a landscape garden reconstructed after WWII, with a small part laid out in French style resembling the earlier layout of the original park.
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.
Schloss Charlottenburg is worth a visit. Very beautiful interior and a glimpse into the lives of the lucky people who inhabited it. Some historical perspective about Berlin also of course. Makes a change from just focusing on the 20th century and World War II.
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 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 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.
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.