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Schloss Charlottenburg – Part 2: Inside the Palace

The Oak Gallery at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Walking through Schloss Charlottenburg felt almost like stepping back in time.  In my head, I could hear Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (neither had been composed when the Schloss was first erected) playing as Kings and Queens entertained their guests.

The rooms of the Schloss are beautifully and often sumptuously decorated, though much of the furniture was taken from the Stadtschloss after it was demolished in 1950.

Several of the rooms were decorated with elaborate wall hangings.

Wall Decoration at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Wall Decoration at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

It was only by getting close to some that it was clear that they had been woven rather than painted.

Detail of Wall Decoration at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Where the walls themselves weren’t the artwork, paintings of the former inhabitants and family members were often on display.

Painting at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

In one room, a dial connected to a weather vane on the roof of the Schloss indicated the wind direction.

Wind Indicator at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

The ceilings were also often elaborately decorated with frescos or carvings and from many hung beautiful chandeliers.

Chandelier at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Chandelier at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Throughout there was a clear Oriental influence in the choice of porcelain with blue and white china prevalent.

Blue and white china vase at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Oriental Influences at at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Nowhere was the Oriental influence more clear than in the Porcelain Cabinet (Porzellankabinett), a room with barely an inch free of ornamentation, either porcelain or gilding.

The Porcelain Cabinet (Porzellankabinett) at at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Buddha Statue in the Porcelain Cabinet (Porzellankabinett) at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Following on from the Porcelain Cabinet was the Palace Chapel (Schlosskapelle) and these for me were the two most impressive rooms in the building.

Statue in the Palace Chapel (Schlosskapelle) at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Decoration in the Palace Chapel (Schlosskapelle) at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Child's grave statue in the Palace Chapel (Schlosskapelle) at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Unfortunately, Schloss Charlottenburg was severely damaged during the war and due to a lack of funds for the restoration the first floor has been more plainly decorated.

It does however contain a wealth of portraits, statues, silverware and other objects of note so should not be missed.

An armoured helmet and plume of feathers at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Gold serving dish at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Crowns at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

The €15 I spent on the entrance fee and photo permit for Schloss Charlottenburg is the best money I’ve spent in Berlin.  I was impressed by the building’s exterior and the Palace Gardens and Grounds but I found the interior breathtakingly beautiful.

Schloss Charlottenburg – Part 1: The Palace Gardens and Grounds

Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin was built as a summer palace for Sophie Charlotte, by her husband, the Elector Friedrich III.

At the time of its construction the palace was in the village of Lietzow and was named Lietzenburg but both the palace and area were renamed Charlottenburg after Sophie Charlotte’s death in 1705.

The Schloss

Sophie Charlotte was a devoted patron of the arts and sciences and her palace was beautifully decorated and appointed.

The ornate gates and cupola of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin seen from the fountain in The Palace Gardens

The Cupola at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin seen from The Palace Gardens

The inside of the palace is so breathtaking that it deserves a post of its own.

The Gardens

The Palace Gardens at Schloss Charlottenburg are in keeping with the grandeur of the palace itself.

It costs €12 to enter the Old Palce but access to the gardens is free so if you are limited by budget or time it’s worth the trip to Charlottenburg just to stroll here.

The Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin seen from the far side of the Carp lake in The Palace Gardens

The Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

The rear view of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin seen from The Palace Gardens

The Mausoleum

The Mausoleum, designed by Heinrich Gentz, with further additions by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, was built to house the remains of the Hohenzollern family.

The Mausoleum in The Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

For €2 you can enter the Hall of Remembrance in the Mausoleum to see the four marble grave statues of Queen Luise (Königin Luise), King Frederick William III (König Friedrich Wilhelm III), Kaiser William I (Kaiser Wilhelm I) and Queen Augusta (Kaiserin Augusta).

Grave Statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I in The Mausoleum in The Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Grave Statues of Koenig Friedrich Wilhelm III and Koenigin Luise in The Mausoleum in The Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

Marble Eagle in The Mausoleum in The Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

The Altar in The Mausoleum in The Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

The Belvedere

The Belvedere houses the Berlin Porcelain Museum – a collection of more than 700 exhibits.  Originally built in 1788 to plans by Karl Gotthard Langhans to serve as a tea house it was rebuilt in 1971, having been destroyed in World War II.

The Belvedere, which houses the Berlin Porcelain Museum, seen through trees in the Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

The Belvedere, which houses the Berlin Porcelain Museum, in the Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

A gold statue atop The Belvedere in the Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

The Statues

The grounds and gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg are dotted with statues of varying styles.

A statue of a child carrying a lamb in The Palace Gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

A statue in the grounds of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

An Angel Statue in the grounds of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

A statue of Friedrich der Grosse (Friedrich II) in the grounds of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin

A trip to Schloss Charlottenburg would be on my must see list for anyone who is spending more than a couple of days in Berlin.  My visit here featured in my Almost 1 Year in Berlin post, a list of my highlights from my first twelve months in the city.