The Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin and is one of the city’s most interesting attractions. Built towards the end of the 17th century, the palace is remarkable for being one of only a handful of buildings in Berlin that exemplify the splendour of the Hohenzollern dynasty, who ruled the region from 1415 to 1918. Here, within Berlin’s western Charlottenburg district, visitors will get a fascinating glimpse into the decadent lives of these royals.
The palace was originally built as a quaint summer residence for Sophie Charlotte, the property’s namesake and wife of Frederick III, Elector of Brandenburg. When looking at the expansive complex Charlottenburg is today, it’s hard to imagine its humble beginnings. Over the years, however, the petite part-time home underwent numerous expansions and transformed into the opulent oasis it is currently.
The oldest section of the palace, The Altes Schloss, is a fine tribute to the magnificence of 1690s baroque style. Brocade, stucco and wood panelling combine to form an alluring sight experience. Here, you’ll also find gilded ornaments and dazzling frescoes. The Porcelain Chamber is covered in top-to-bottom blue ware, while the Oak Gallery and Oval Hall are also on our list of favourites.
Charlottenburg's most beautiful rooms are, arguably, the extravagant chambers of Frederick the Great, created by architect Georg\ Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff in 1746. Masterpieces by Watteau, Pesne and other 18th-century French greats adorn the walls throughout this indulgent paradise.
One aspect everyone’s sure to enjoy while touring the palace are the outdoor gardens of Charlottenburg Park. Lush lawns, shady walkways and fine flowers make the space ideal for a summer or springtime stroll. The park was originally designed in the formal, French baroque style, but most of it has since been converted to a more casual, English-style garden. On your walk you’ll also stumble across a few additional buildings: the Neuer Pavillon, Belvedere and the Mausoleum.