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Charlottenburg Palace

The Charlottenburg Palace is located in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg and is Berlin’s largest and most magnificent palace. It is embedded in a beautiful garden. It was named after the first queen in Prussia, Queen Sophie Charlotte, who had the summer palace built. After almost 100 years of construction, the castle with the orangery, the castle park and the ancillary buildings is now one of the most beautiful and best sights in the city of Berlin.

Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin | Castle for Queen Sophie Charlotte

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It was the art-loving Sophie Charlotte who had a summer residence built, at that time still outside of Berlin. Today the palace, which has been expanded several times in history, bears the name “Schloss Charlottenburg”.

History

In 1695 the architect Johann Arnold Nering was commissioned by Sophie Charlotte to plan and build a summer residence on the property. This was preceded by the donation of the property by her husband, Elector Friedrich III. The castle was inaugurated as Lietzenburg Castle in 1699.

Sophie Charlotte, who was considered an art-loving queen, allowed poets, philosophers, musicians and artists to visit her property. The property was therefore also called “Sophie Charlotte’s Court of the Muses”. However, only after the very early death of the queen at the age of 36 was the palace and the surrounding area – in memory of the queen – renamed Charlottenburg by the king.

After the castle was hardly used by Friedrich Wilhelm after the death of Friedrich I, it was only King Friedrich II again who made the castle his residence. He used this until he began in 1744 to convert the city palace into his permanent residence in Potsdam. He also had Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam built as a summer residence. The Charlottenburg Palace was then used for family celebrations.

Later the royal couple Friedrich Wilhelm III lived here. and Luise. The last user was Kaiser Friedrich III in 1888. Afterwards there was no longer a residence.

Architecture

Charlottenburg Palace was built in several stages from 1695 to 1791 in the Baroque, Rococo and Classicist styles. The builders were Johann Arnold Nering, Eosander von Göthe, Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff and Carl Gotthard Langhans.

The originally small garden and pleasure palace was expanded into a representative seat after the elector’s coronation in 1701 as the first king in Prussia. This expansion was carried out by the architect Eosander v. Goethe.

However, it did not get its current, well-known shape until later. Friedrich Wilhelm II had the palace supplemented by a palace theater at the end of the western wing and a small orangery by Carl Gotthard Langhans, giving the palace its current form.

In addition to the palace, the 55 hectare palace garden Charlottenburg with the Belvedere, the mausoleum and the new pavilion belong to the building ensemble. The palace garden was laid out as a French baroque garden by Siméon Godeau from 1697.

Address

Spandauer Damm 10
10585 Berlin

Opening hours

November to March: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
April to October: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin | Tours and tickets

Adults 12 euros, reduced: 8 euros

Visit the Charlottenburg Palace and experience the perfect setting for the selected program of the Berlin Residence Orchestra and the vocal soloists in an exquisite ambience. The program features masterpieces from the Baroque and Classical periods.