Monday, 17 August 2015

Day 3 Berlin

Today I headed off to see the Charlottenburg Palace (German: Schloss Charlottenburg) the largest palace in Berlin, Germany, and the only surviving royal residence in the city dating back to the time of theHohenzollern family. It is located in the Charlottenburg district of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough.

The palace was built at the end of the 17th century and was greatly expanded during the 18th century. It includes much exotic internal decoration in baroque and rococo styles. A large formal garden surrounded by woodland was added behind the palace, including a belvedere, a mausoleum, a theatre and a pavilion. During the Second World War, the palace was badly damaged but has since been reconstructed.

Charlottenburg Palace is one of the landmarks of Berlin. The largest and most beautiful royal palace still standing in the capital, Charlottenburg was erected as the summer residence of Sophie Charlotte, the first queen of Prussia, who was also the namesake for the palace and the surrounding district. Subsequent generations of the royal family expanded and remodelled the palace according to the taste of their time. As a result, the palace contains interior decoration reflecting several architectural styles: the old palace, with its magnificent baroque state rooms and the famous porcelain cabinet, and the new wing built by Frederick the Great in 1742. The famous palace gardens contain the mausoleum of Queen Louise, the Belvedere with its world-renowned collection of KPM porcelain and the new pavilion.

Tapestries from the Green Antechamber depicting the tales of Cupid and Psyche in the Old Palace

The Antechamber adjacent the Audience Chamber

The ceiling paintings in the study depicting the four seasons

The Palace Chapel

The Green Room

Upper Oval Hall

Views of the gardens from the Upper Oval Hall

The Spinner

The Sleeping Ariadne

The White Hall in the New Wing

The Golden Gallery

The Second Hautelisse Room

The Bed Chamber

Queen Luise’s Bed Chamber

I went for a walk through the gardens down to the river after seeing through the palace.

In the woods I went to see the Belvedere

Also the Mausoleum

I had my lunch in the woods of the palace and today I had new friends to share my time with

My last building to explore was the New Pavilion

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