Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)

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Spandauer Damm 20-24

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Castles/Palaces Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
3.3scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 1.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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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Since then, it's been the backdrop of much of the city's history, including Napoleonic invasions and Nazi parades. During the Cold War, the structure sat in "no man's land" between East and West Berlin. Visitors to the monument say it's now a must-see symbol that represents Germany unity.  

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