Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)#14 in Best Things To Do in Berlin
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 Frederick I and Sophie Charlotte's living quarters, the chapel and the Neuer Fluegel (New Wing) where Frederick the Great once resided. You can also venture outdoors to the Royal Gardens, the family mausoleum and even an ornate teahouse. Reviewers said this is a great year-round activity. In the winter (or on rainy days), head inside to admire the intricate detailing. In the summer, meander the stunning gardens.
Some past visitors recommended taking advantage of the audio guide, which is offered in a variety of languages and is included in the moderate admission price (between 10 and 12 euros, or $11 to $13). Combination tickets are available for viewing both the interior of the palace and the extensive grounds. Keep in mind: You'll have to pay an extra 3 euros (about $3.40) if you'd like to snap photos. Hop off the U-Bahn at the Richard-Wagner-Platz or Sophie-Charlotte-Platz stations to reach the Schloss Charlottenburg. The palace is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 or 5:30 p.m., depending on the season. For more information, refer to the website.
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#1 Topography of Terror
The Topography of Terror (Topographie des Terrors) museum sits on the site of the Gestapo and SS Police's former headquarters during World War II. By walking the grounds and touring the documentation center, travelers can learn about the atrocities committed by those German officers that once worked at this very site.
Other interesting exhibits that detail Berlin between 1933 and 1945 are found on the grounds, including excavated portions of the old building. For a more in-depth look at the museum, you can take the free English-speaking tour, which is offered Sundays at 3:30 p.m. (Most exhibits are listed in German and English.) You'll want to sign up at the reception desk 30 minutes before the tour starts.
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