Charlottenburg Palace, the Largest Palace in Berlin


Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace
in Berlin, Germany, and the only surviving royal residence in the city dating back to
the time of the Hohenzollern family. 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. The palace and grounds are a major visitor
attraction. For an admission charge, parts of the interior of the palace are open to
visitors, including the Old Palace and the New Wing. The Old Palace contains many rooms
with baroque decoration, and includes a room called the Porcelain Cabinet, which holds
thousands of porcelain objects. On special display are the crown jewels and the royal
silver and fine porcelain tableware. The New Wing includes the opulent rococo State
Apartments of Frederick the Great and the more modest Winter Chambers of Friedrich Wilhelm
II. The formal and informal gardens are freely open to the public. For an admission charge,
the Mausoleum, the Belvedere and the Neue Pavilion are open to visitors. The Mausoleum
contains the graves of, and memorials to, members of the Hohenzollern family. Also open
to the public are the Belvedere, which contains a collection of Berlin porcelain, and the
Neue Pavilion, which houses a collection of arts and crafts of the period when Schinkel was active. The former Palace Theatre is now a museum
of prehistoric archaeology. The former Orangery houses a restaurant and café.

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