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“Gardens are free, you pay for the palace.”

Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)
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Ranked #53 of 806 things to do in Berlin
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Built from 1695–99 as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte, this palace is a stunning example of baroque architecture.
Wallingford, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Gardens are free, you pay for the palace.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

The palace was lovely inside and although it was heavily damaged during the war, they have retained what they could. You get a free audio guide with your 12 Euro entrance free. What I didn't realize is that the gardens are free and that was one of the main things that I wanted to see! The gardens are gorgeous. Some amazing tulips were in bloom this week, there is a fountain, and a small body of water with ducks, etc. A really nice place for getting lunch and enjoying some relaxation.

Visited May 2013
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Kontich, Belgium
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“Very nice palace but rather expensive entree fee”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Honestly it didn't cross my mind to visit this palace during my stay in Berlin, but my 17 year old companion decided otherwise. We stopped in front of the palace with the citytour bus and she asked to visit. Well it was more interesting than I could imagine. It really was nice to visit, although it's was partially rebuild.

BUT the major downside of the visit was the entry fee. 12 euro a person for the palace tour and when I took my camera out of the bag, they pointed me to the entrance again and I had to pay another 3 euro to get a wristband that allowed me to take photos. Even with the wristband I was regularly asked by the guards to move on and make room for the following visitors, so I actually couldn't make the photos as I wanted to. Never encountered this before.

Visited April 2013
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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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“Charlottenburg Palace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

This originally 17th century palace was greatly destroyed during WWII, but they did a great job by restoring the building. Sadly many of the original artworks and furniture did not survive the war, most of the furniture now found comes from the former Berlin City Palace (which by the way is being rebuild, half a century after it was destroyed by the former GDR authorities).

The top of the exhibition is the corner room filled with porcellain on the first floor - amazing. Compared to other palaces in Potsdam the palace interiors are not as impressive, but that obviously is the result of the destruction this buidling suffered in 1944-1945.

If you want to take pictures inside you need to pay a daily fee of EUR 3 (also valid in other palaces if visited the same day), however now tripods & flash to be used. But with today´s excellent digital camera´s you can still make some very decent pictures inside.

Visited February 2013
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New Quay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

really enjoyed our day here so much to see with the palace and gardens the gardens are free but you pay to see the palace which was well worth it.

Visited April 2013
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“A fully furnished king's palace.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

A fully furnished king's palace, This is true at least as far as the ground floor of this building is concerned.
Sadly the first floor was seriously damaged during the second world war and almost nothing of the original decorations survived.
But a walk through the ground floor rooms' sequence is an interesting experience. Well, most of the furnishing is not actually the one originally used in the castle, but the originali pieces have been substituted by other furniture of the same era. So the atmosphere of the age between the end of the 17° and the beginning of the 18° century is true.

Visited April 2013
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