Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)
- Type: Castles/Palaces
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Beginning its life as a summer home for the royal family in the late 17th century, Schloss Charlottenburg became a lavish palace after Frederick the Great commissioned some 18th-century upgrades and additions. Now the complex can take more than a day to tour from top to bottom.
Inside the baroque palace, you can take in Friedrich I and Sophie-Charlotte's living quarters, the chapel and the Neuer Fluegel (New Wing) where Frederick the Great once resided, among other palatial rooms. You can also venture outdoors to the Royal Gardens and pop by a couple of museums, the family Mausoleum and even an ornate teahouse.
Some visitors were less than thrilled with the palace, saying other German castles were more impressive. Others also say the staff is unfriendly and that the admission price is far too high. Some recommended taking advantage of the audio guide, which is offered in a variety of languages and included in the moderate admission price. Hop off the U-bahn at the Richard-Wagner-Platz or Sophie-Charlotten-Platz stations to tour the Schloss Charlottenburg.
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