Schloss Tegel (Tegel Castle, also known as Humboldt Castle) is a gem in the north of Berlin. The castle embodies the best of German neo-classicism: Humboldt, Schinkel, Rauch… you name it! Both Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt grew up here. There is a 400-year old oak tree in the park that these two scholars liked to climb in their pre-professorial days. Wilhelm asked his friend Karl Friedrich Schinkel to renovate the castle in the early 1820s. If you are an architectural buff, you should see it and enjoy the symmetrical view from the atrium into the park.
Inside the castle, you can see the atrium, two salons, a “starry stairway”, Humboldt’s study and the museum. In the museum, Humboldt kept Roman and Greek sculptures and copies as study objects and conversation pieces. Back in the day, everybody could knock on the castle’s door and ask to see the sculptures – education was for everyone. Some of the sculptures were purchased by Caroline von Humboldt on her trip to Rome. Back in Berlin, she restored them together with Christian Daniel Rauch. Caroline’s spirit is tangible in the entire castle, don’t miss the portrait of her in the green salon.
Plan on some time for the park. The cemetery of the Humboldt family and their descendants is in the park. Caroline’s grave is adorned with her favorite Roman sculpture.
The castle is open for tours only on Mondays at 10 and 11am, 3 and 4 pm, May thru September. A ticket is Euro 10,-. Keep in mind that this is a private home. The castle has been maintained by the descendents of the Humboldt family, they are in no way obligated to share it with you or me, but they do. Just don’t expect any typical tourist infrastructure: there are no public facilities, there’s no eatery, you cannot take interior shots, and except for three different postcards and a leaflet about the castle, there are no souvenirs. In my view, that makes this place special.
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