One of the best attractions in Berlin is the Charlottenburg Palace. It’s located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin and it is the largest palace in Berlin. It was built in the 17th century while the greatest damage occurred during the Second World War after which it was restored. The way how the palace is renovated is incredible! Part of the palace was under renovation and had scaffoldings outside during 2017 when I visited it several times.
Approaching the palace (except its size) you will also notice the horseman statue of Friedrich Wilhelm Brandenburg, created in 1696-1700. The Old Palace is a U-shaped two-story building with a dome at the top of the middle part. The entrance is located in the middle part where you will buy tickets and start a tour. We had an audio guide that was informative. You can turn off the voice and just read the text if you like. I was a little surprised by the price of the ticket, which is € 17, while you will have to pay another € 3 fee for photography.
The original palace was designed as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte. The construction started in 1695 and was built at stages. It contains numerous rooms with baroque decorations. It also includes a room called the Porcelain Cabinet, which contains thousands of porcelain items. You will be most thrilled by the room that is described as the “Eighth Miracle of the World”, the Amber Room (Bernsteinzimmer), the room with walls made of ornamental amber. In general, through the tour, you will find so many information about the history of the royal family in Berlin, as well as a very good introduction to Prussian history and many links between European royal families.
Although you have to pay for the entrance to the palace, the gardens are free and accessible to everyone throughout the year. First of all, walking you will notice the influence of the Versailles style. The garden was designed by Simeon Godeau in baroque style who had been influenced by André Le Nôtre, a garden designer in Versailles. There are several other interesting points in the gardens including the mausoleum and the Belvedere.
Every year during the advent, in front of the palace, there is a large beautiful and festive Christmas market. I’m sure you will enjoy walking with hot mulled wine, listening to music playing Christmas songs and enjoying Currywurst.
Find out more about Charlottenburg Palace on the offcial website.