The largest historical palace restored in Berlin after World War II is located in the Charlottenburg district. It was build in the Italian Baroque style by order of the wife of the future Prussian King Frederick I Sophia Charlotte of Hanover. After Frederick’s coronation in 1701, the palace, previously famous as a summer residence in Berlin. Initially, it was famous as Litzenburg (Lietzenburg) after the name of the city in which it was present. After the sudden death of his wife in 1705, Friedrich named the castle and its surroundings Charlottenburg after her.
When Frederick I himself died in 1713, King Friedrich Wilhelm I became the new owner of Charlottenburg. The building was finally ready in the reign of Frederick William II: then the western wing was rebuild making a small greenhouse. The park was under construction starting in 1697 and has a French style. By 1788 it had gradually developed into a landscaped English garden. In 1788-89, the Belvedere was built, later the New Neapolitan Pavilion and the Mausoleum-tomb of Queen Louise and King Frederick William III appeared.
The main entrance to the palace is crowned with a dome 48 meters high, on which rises a statue of Fortune covered with gilding. For visitors, the park and Charlottenburg Castle are open every day except Monday. Furthermore, you can get here: from April to October from 10.00 to 18.00, and from November to March from 10.00 to 17.00. Moreover, it should be borne in mind that the territory closes from December 24 to 26. And on December 31 it welcomes guests from 10.00 to 14.00. The last visitors can enjoy till half an hour before closing.
Entrance ticket to Charlottenburg Castle for adults costs 10 €, reduced ticket – 7 €. For photographing without a flash, you need to pay an additional 3 €.
Charlottenburg Castle stands in the west of Berlin, at the address: Spandauer Damm 10-22. The palace complex on the banks of the Spree River is accessible by buses No. 109, 309 and M45 – to the Schloss Charlottenburg stop. The nearest metro station “U-Bhf-Richard-Wagner-Platz” is located 0.8 km from the palace building. It is not difficult to walk from here to Charlottenburg.