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Schloss Charlottenburg

Feel like royalty for a day in one of Europe’s grandest palaces, which was almost 200 years in the making.

Experience the opulence, artistry and craftsmanship of royal times at the Schloss Charlottenburg (Charlottenburg Palace). Originally intended as the summer residence for Queen Charlotte of Prussia, the Old Palace was built at the end of the 17th century and is a stunning example of baroque and rococo architecture. Although they were almost completely destroyed at the end of World War II, the palace buildings and gardens are now meticulously restored.

Enter through the main gates, passing beneath the statues of dueling swordsmen, frozen mid-fight upon each pillar. Have your camera ready to photograph the gilded statue of Fortuna, which crowns the soaring 157-foot (48-meter) high cupola.

Inside, explore the palace’s many chambers, such as the Reception Chamber, with its vaulted ceilings and ornate tapestries. Oriental ceramics feature in the Porcelain Chamber. Listen to the audio tour (included with admission) as you tour the opulent private apartments in the New Wing, which is also an art museum.

Don’t miss a walk through the Schinkel Pavillon, an Italian-style summer villa, which houses artworks from the 1800s. Enjoy refreshments in the Kleine Orangerie restaurant, next to the palace, or book a seat in the larger Grosse Orangerie to see a classical music concert performed by musicians dressed in baroque costume.

There is no cost to explore the palace gardens, an 80-acre (32-hectare) parkland inspired by the  grounds at the Palace of Versailles in France.

Schloss Charlottenburg is about a 15-minute walk from nearby U-Bahn and S-Bahn train stations.

Popular Activities at Schloss Charlottenburg

Make the most of your visit to Schloss Charlottenburg. Here's a list of the most popular activities:

Taken you years to make it to this famed attraction? Then you can't possibly leave without trying out a Concert & Gala Dinner at Charlottenburg Palace.

For more activities, peruse our Berlin things to do page.


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Hotel Berlin, Berlin $75
Hotel Berlin, Berlin

Hotel Berlin, Berlin

Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate, and Reichstag Building. Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Galeries Lafayette are also within 3 mi (5 km). Nollendorfplatz U-Bahn is 8 minutes by foot and Wittenbergplatz U-Bahn is 10 minutes.

    Novum Style Hotel Berlin-Centrum $57
    Novum Style Hotel Berlin-Centrum

    Novum Style Hotel Berlin-Centrum

    Franklinstrasse 23, Berlin, BE
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Technical University, Victory Column, and Kurfürstendamm. Berlin Zoological Garden and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church are also within 2 mi (3 km). Ernst Reuter Place U-Bahn is 14 minutes by foot and Tiergarten S-Bahn is 15 minutes.

      AMBER ECONTEL Berlin Charlottenburg $57
      AMBER ECONTEL Berlin Charlottenburg

      AMBER ECONTEL Berlin Charlottenburg

      Soemmeringstrasse 24-26, Berlin, BE
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Schloss Charlottenburg and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Kurfürstendamm and Messe Berlin are also within 3 mi (5 km). Mierendorffplatz U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Richard Wagner Place U-Bahn is 10 minutes.

        Leonardo Hotel Berlin $61
        Leonardo Hotel Berlin

        Leonardo Hotel Berlin

        Wilmersdorfer Str. 32, (Entrance: Spielhagenstr.), Berlin, BE
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This hotel is located in Berlin (Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf), near the airport, Deutsche Oper Berlin, ICC Berlin, and Messe Berlin. Also nearby are Schloss Charlottenburg and Kurfürstendamm. Bismarckstrasse U-Bahn is only a 3-minute walk and Richard Wagner Place U-Bahn is 5 minutes.

          Kamvh City Apartment West at the Castle Charlottenburg / Messe / Kurfürstendamm
          Kamvh City Apartment West at the Castle Charlottenburg / Messe / Kurfürstendamm

          Kamvh City Apartment West at the Castle Charlottenburg / Messe / Kurfürstendamm

          Berlin
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Berlin apartment building is located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, within 2 mi (3 km) of Schloss Charlottenburg and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Kurfürstendamm and Messe Berlin are also within 3 mi (5 km). Mierendorffplatz U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Jungfernheide U-Bahn is 9 minutes.

            RockChair Apartments Kamminer Straße
            RockChair Apartments Kamminer Straße

            RockChair Apartments Kamminer Straße

            Kamminer Str. 5, Berlin
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Schloss Charlottenburg, Kurfürstendamm, and Messe Berlin. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and CityCube Berlin are also within 3 mi (5 km). Mierendorffplatz U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Jungfernheide U-Bahn is 9 minutes.

              Quiet Apartment Near to Schloss Charlottenburg, Boxspring Beds, 2 BR With Extras
              Quiet Apartment Near to Schloss Charlottenburg, Boxspring Beds, 2 BR With Extras

              Quiet Apartment Near to Schloss Charlottenburg, Boxspring Beds, 2 BR With Extras

              Berlin, Berlin
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this historic apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Schloss Charlottenburg, Kurfürstendamm, and Messe Berlin. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and CityCube Berlin are also within 3 mi (5 km). Mierendorffplatz U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Jungfernheide U-Bahn is 9 minutes.

                Between the Castle and the Lake and in the Middle of Berlin
                Between the Castle and the Lake and in the Middle of Berlin

                Between the Castle and the Lake and in the Middle of Berlin

                Berlin, Berlin
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Berliner Funkturm, Schloss Charlottenburg, and Messe Berlin. Kurfürstendamm and CityCube Berlin are also within 2 mi (3 km). Westend S-Bahn is 9 minutes by foot and Sophie Charlotte Place U-Bahn is 11 minutes.