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“Good , winter not best time to visit”

Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)
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'An Evening at Charlottenburg Palace' Dinner and Concert by the Berlin...
Ranked #54 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Good , winter not best time to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

Worth the trip to see though, you won't get the full appreciation of the baroque garden if you visit in winter as I did as all the flowers and rose bushes are securely wrapped up against the cold.

The Palace itself has been largely restored as it was destroyed in WW2 and then refurnished either with surviving furniture or with furniture taken from other German palaces of the same period so it isn't 100% authentic but, the restoration has been extremely faithful so you'd be unlikely to notice the difference if nobody told you.

Currently the Neur Wing (new wing) is closed for renovation and cannot be visited so could only see the main palace. Downstairs is done as it would have been in Sophie Charlotte's time and upstairs has been done in the style her grandchildren would have had. Also upstairs are elements of the German Crown Jewels on display.

The palace isn't as visually impressive inside as Versailles for example or the Ludwig castles of Bavaria but, definitely worth a look especially on a tighter timeframe that doesn't allow you to get to Potsdam.

The audio tour (which is free with your ticket) is excellent and highly recommended as well.

Visited January 2014
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“Charlottenburg Palace: tour, dinner and concert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

We enjoy travelling to Europe, and our goal is to do as much as possible. Berlin’s Charlottenburg Palace with a dinner and a concert really was an enjoyable evening. The tour of the palace was perfect at just about an hour. We were aware that the style was based on Versailles, but we also know that there is only one Versailles. To compare any palace with Versailles would be unfair. We enjoyed audio self-guided tour that explained each room along with how it has been rebuilt after its destruction during WWII. After the tour, we proceeded to the Orangerie for our dinner. The dinner was excellent with some of the best service we have had in any restaurant. The concert was in the hall across from our dinner, and it too was excellent. The period costumes, along with the classical music, added to the festive atmosphere of the evening. This is certainly one of the more memorable evenings on the trip. Since we were there during the Christmas Markets, we also had an added attraction with a rather nice one there.

Visited December 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Charlottenburg Palace is an impressive building and it's story gives a very important insight into the development of Berlin and it's ruling classes.

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Visited December 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

A stunning palace and I disagree with others who found this fake! Yes it has been rebuilt as it was severely damaged; and does it matter tat some of the interior objects come from elsewhere. The audio tour was ok but after a few rooms decided to pick and choose which bits were listened too as it did seem a little boring at times. The gardens and park were great to wander around and walking up the main path back to the palace as night fell gave it a magical appearance. It does state on the website that the new building is closed so checking before visiting is always worthwhile!

Visited December 2013
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“quick visit is enough for the palace itself”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

The Charlottenburg palace is very much in the style of Versailles, and the tour makes no claims otherwise. The tour is a pretty quick one, compared to its grand cousin, but shows several interesting rooms throughout. The free audio-guide is informative without getting boring. If you don't do the gardens or the outlying buildings, it doesn't take long to go through the entire space. There are some ongoing exhibits on the 2nd floor also included.

Visited December 2013
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