Charlottenburg Palace today is the largest residence of the Hohenzollern in Berlin. Actually, Charlottenburg Palace was just meant to be a small garden castle for Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Elector Friedrich III.
And this is the reason why the core of the structure, which was inaugurated in 1699 and which bore the name of Lützenburg Palace, was not particularly large. But then Friedrich was crowned King of Prussia and, accordingly, Sophia Charlotte became a queen. And thus it was not too long before the ever-increasing expansion of the palace, which was modelled after Versailles, began. In the course of about 100 years worth of construction arose the most magnificent palace in Berlin: a domed tower, east and west wings, the Great Orangery and Palace Theater. Ever since the death of Sophie Charlotte in 1705, it has been called Charlottenburg.
The magnificent Charlottenburg Palace is surrounded by a baroque garden, in which diverse architectures melt into a unique ensemble. The entire palace presents itself with majestically equipped rooms and saloons and with top-class art collections that offer outstanding masterpieces: For example, one of the largest collections of French paintings of the 18th century outside of France.
The ensemble of rooms and saloons – artistically as well as historically impressive – is a living testimonial of courtly culture and life from baroque times until the early 20th century.
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