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Schloss Charlottenburg, {CATEGORY}

This beautiful baroque palace was built in 1695 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I as a summer residence for his beloved wife, Queen Sophie Charlotte. Hidden away in the lush Royal Gardens are several smaller buildings: the ornate rococo Belvedere, containing an impressive collection of porcelain; the Schinkel Pavilion which houses drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture and porcelain by Karl Friedrich Schinkel; and the neoclassical Mausoleum containing the tombs of Queen Louise, King Friedrich Wilhelm III, Emperor Wilhelm I and Empress Augusta.

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Address: Spandauer Damm 20, Berlin, BE 14059

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Phone 1: +49 (0)30 25 0025

Official site: www.spsg.de

Opening hours: Tues-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

Entrance fee: Combined ticket for all buildings and historical rooms 12€ ($19) adults, 9€ ($14) children 13 and under and students. Free admision to gardens

Access by bus: Bus 145 or 204

Access by subway: U-Bahn Richard-Wagner-Platz

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Schloss Charlottenburg, {CATEGORY}

Schloss Charlottenburg, one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Germany, was built by Sophie Charlotte. This beautiful and intelligent woman, a patron of philosophy and the arts, was the wife of Friedrich III, Elector of Brandenburg, who, on January 18, 1701, crowned himself Friedrich I, "King in Prussia". He dared not call himself "King of Prussia" because some parts of Prussia were still dominated by Poland. He nearly bankrupted the state with his extravagant ways. The residence was begun as a summer palace but got out of hand, eventually growing into the massive structure you see today. When you pass through the heavy iron gates and enter the courtyard, you'll immediately encounter a baroque equestrian statue of Friedrich I himself, by Andreas Schlüter. The main entrance to the palace is directly behind, marked by the 48m (157-ft). cupola capped by a gilded statue of Fortune. Inside, you'll find a columned rotunda with stucco reliefs depicting the virtues of Prussian princes in mythological terms. From this vestibule, you can take guided tours of the Historical Apartments. English translations of the guide's lecture are sold at the ticket counter. The main wing of the palace contains the apartments of Friedrich and his "philosopher queen". Of special interest in this section is the Reception Chamber. This large room is decorated with frieze panels, vaulted ceilings, and mirror-paneled niches. The tapestries on the walls (1730) are based on Plutarch's Lives, included are such classical scenes as Pericles in battle and the sacrifice of Theseus on Delos. At the far end of the west wing is the Porcelain Chamber, containing a fine collection of Chinese porcelain. The wing, known as the Knobelsdorff-Flügel and built from 1740 to 1746, contains the apartments of Friedrich the Great. Today, these rooms serve as a museum of paintings, many of which were collected or commissioned by the king - the finest are on the upper floor. Works by Watteau include The Trade Sign of the Art Dealer Gersaint, purchased by Friedrich in 1745 for the palace's music hall. Also note the decoration on the walls and ceilings. At the far eastern end of the Schloss is the Schinkel Pavillon, a summerhouse in the Italian style. Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the leading architect of the day, constructed this villa in 1825. Today, it holds a small but noteworthy museum, containing paintings, drawings, and sketches from the early 1800s. Some of the sketches are by Schinkel himself, who was both an architect and an artist. At the far end of Schlossgarten Charlottenburg is the Belvedere, close to the Spree River. This former royal teahouse contains exquisite Berlin porcelain, much of it from the 1700s.

Schloss Charlottenburg, {CATEGORY}

This beautiful baroque palace was built in 1695 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I as a summer residence for his beloved wife, Queen Sophie Charlotte. Hidden away in the lush Royal Gardens are several smaller buildings: the ornate rococo Belvedere, containing an impressive collection of porcelain; the Schinkel Pavilion which houses drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture and porcelain by Karl Friedrich Schinkel; and the neoclassical Mausoleum containing the tombs of Queen Louise, King Friedrich Wilhelm III, Emperor Wilhelm I and Empress Augusta.

Schloss Charlottenburg, {CATEGORY}

This beautiful baroque palace was built in 1695 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I as a summer residence for his beloved wife, Queen Sophie Charlotte. Hidden away in the lush Royal Gardens are several smaller buildings: the ornate rococo Belvedere, containing an impressive collection of porcelain; the Schinkel Pavilion which houses drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture and porcelain by Karl Friedrich Schinkel; and the neoclassical Mausoleum containing the tombs of Queen Louise, King Friedrich Wilhelm III, Emperor Wilhelm I and Empress Augusta.

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Park and square or garden

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