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Charlottenburg Palace


The Charlottenburg Palace is the largest and the most beautiful palace in the city of Berlin. With its finely decorated halls, corridors, rooms, paintings, art objects and lavish décor, the palace was once the summer residence of Sophie Charlotte (wife of the Elector of Brandenburg, Frederick III). The palace was designed by Swedish architect Johann Arnold Nering and since then it has undergone many changes. In the year 1943, the palace was destroyed due to the horrible effects of the Second World War but was finally reconstructed to its original shape and size.

The interiors of the palace are remarkably done up in rococo style. The palace consists of royal rooms like the White Hall, Golden Gallery and the Gallery of the Romantics which are open to visitors all year round. The Oak Gallery in the palace is decorated with mirrors and oil paintings and displays Chinese porcelain. The palace chapel, Schlosskapelle, is newly reconstructed and is amazing to look at.

A beautiful lush green open garden can be seen behind the palace. The park was originally designed in French Baroque style. There are many other small bulidings like belvedere, a mausleum, a temple, a theatre and a pavilion which are constructed in the grounds of the garden.

There is something for everyone in the Charlottenburg Palce- sightseeing, concerts and fine dining. The music concert takes place in the White Hall of the palace on particular days. The show plays all the hits by well known composers of the 17th and 18th centuries- like Johann Sebastian Bach, Luigi Boccherini, Georg Friedrich Händel and Frederick the Great. The Berlin Residence Orchestra has been delighting its guests with their unique and outstanding performances in Baroque and classic music. The restaurants in the palace offer a variety of lip smacking cuisines.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Berlin is in the months between May and October when the weather is at its best.


The palace houses a large equestrian statue of the Great Elector at its entrance but originally the statue belonged to the Museumsinsel. During the Second World War the statue of the Great Elector was submerged to the bottom of the Tegeler See Lake in Berlin but later it was recovered and moved to the Charlottenburg Palace.


The Charlottenburg Palace is open on all days. The opening hours are from 10 am till 4 pm. Please note that the palace closes by sharp 5 pm. The timings for the concerts, shows and exhibitions differ, so be sure about the timings before you take an entry into the palace.

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