Castles & Palaces

Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin – a home to princes, kings and emperors

Palace Charlottenburg ©DZT (Florian Trykowski)

The largest and most magnificent palace in the whole of Berlin is named after Sophia Charlotte, Duchess of Braunschweig and Lüneburg, wife of Prussian King Frederick I and the first Queen Consort in Prussia.

Queen Consort Sophia Charlotte was responsible for having the summer palace built right by the Spree river in the first place. It was then extended and turned into a stately residence in around 1700. The building boasts impressive suites and rooms, dazzling banqueting halls and exceptional art collections featuring stunning masterpieces. The Porcelain Room, the Palace Chapel and Frederick I's Bed Chamber are amongst the highlights of the magnificent baroque-style stately rooms in the tower-topped palace.

The grounds span 55 hectares and there are three other main buildings within this space, including the Belvedere with its works of art from the Berlin Royal Porcelain Manufactory and the Mausoleum built in the style of a Doric temple in honour of Queen Louise. Then there's the New Pavilion, which is home to no end of valuable paintings, exquisite interior design and works of art from the days of Prussia's star architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The fairytale-style bed chamber of Queen Louise is certainly worth a look too.

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