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For all the travelers who are heading to visit foreign countries in order to dive into a new culture and history, Germany prepared its priceless attractions. Today we are attending the fabulous Charlottenburg Palace.

The Survived Pearl of West Berlin

One of the truly unique attractions is located in West Berlin. It’s so valuable and exceptional as it managed to survive the horrible World War II. It’s not just a single palace, it’s a marvelous palace and park complex Schloss Charlottenburg including the XVII century castle and gardens along the bank of the river. Formerly, it was the Imperial residence which time treated kindly and it now demonstrates its beauty to present generations.

You can’t really say that war didn’t leave any marks on this architectural masterpiece. The construction was strongly damaged during the military operations, but thanks to the remaining blueprints it was reconstructed during the post-war period. Nowadays, it’s a grandiose palace-museum which is priceless not only for Germany but for the whole world. Annually, Charlottenburg Palace is visited by millions of tourists from all parts of the planet.

Charlottenburg castle from the garden
Charlottenburg castle © Sergey Kelin / Shutterstock

Centuries-old history of Charlottenburg Palace

The founder of such an elegance was the Elector of Brandenburg, Friedrich I, who was building the castle precisely for his beloved wife Sophie Charlotte. Initially, it had to be a summer residence. The beginning of the construction was founded in 1695, and the central building and the park were finished in 1699.

At first, the castle was named Lützenburg. Afterward, when Friedrich mounted the throne, the palace was enhanced. It was done precisely to meet the high status of the Prussian Queen. The famous Amber Room initially served as a beautification of the castle. Later on, it was presented to the Great Peter I.

After Charlotte had passed away, Friedrich who was infinitely in love with his wife, decided to perpetuate her memory in a form of the castle. That’s why after such a tragic event the building of the palace was resumed. Unfortunately, Charlottenburg Palace lost its value right after Friedrich’s death. The final construction was not abandoned. People continued taking care of it and supporting it in a decent condition till Frederick the Great II, the grandson of Sophie mounted the Prussian throne. It was love at first sight, and he turned this place into his residence. During his reign, the castle acquired a flanker and a greenhouse.

Its current look Charlottenburg Palace obtained during the rule of King Friedrich Wilhelm II. Since that time, practically nothing has changed.

If you want to continue your introduction to the governing buildings of the city, you can attend the Rotes Rathaus, which is occupied by the governing mayor and the Senate of Berlin.

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Fragment of the Charlottenburg Schloss palace in Germany in winter
Charlottenburg palace © Roman Babakin / Shutterstock

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Wannsee and Potsdam Private Tour from Berlin
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On your way to Potsdam you will see the Olympic Stadium, Wannsee, and the Bridge of Spies. In Potsdam stroll through the beautiful gardens, see Cecilienhof and Sanssouci, and also stop at the Baroque Old City, as well as the Dutch Quarter. This is a private, 5-hour tour led by a driver/guide providing live commentary on board an air-conditioned minivan. Group size is limited to 6 people.
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2 hours 30 minutes
2.5-Hour Berlin Center Boat Cruise on the River Spree
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Enjoy a 2.5-hour boat cruise along the River Spree and learn interesting facts about Berlin. Explore the main attractions in the city from the water including the government district, Bellevue Palace, Berlin Cathedral, and Museum Island.
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4 hours
Berlin Christmas Markets Walking Tour
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Get into the spirit of the season by visiting three of Berlin's Christmas markets on a walking tour. A dazzling array of handcrafted goods, traditional food and drinks teem from the popular spots on this Berlin Christmas tour. Purchase a ‘Glühwein’ — the hot mulled wine that is a staple of the markets — that will have you feeling warm and cozy in no time. Your guide shares German Christmas traditions and the history of nearby sights such as Schloss Charlottenburg (Charlottenburg Palace) and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
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4 hours
‘Evening at Charlottenburg Palace’ Dinner, Concert in Berlin
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Settle in for an Evening at Charlottenburg Palace, with dinner, a self-guided palace tour and concert featuring the Berlin Residence Orchestra included. This tour regularly sells out weeks in advance, so with a choice of four seating categories available, book ahead of time to avoid disappointment!
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