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Castles in Berlin

The castles and gardens in Berlin are fantastic and not to be missed. Fairytale, summer castles tell stories of former times, while their spacious grounds provide enchanting walks and amazing panoramas. One of the most beautiful castles you will find is the Schloss and Park Charlottenburg , which is splendidly decorated and includes a first rate art collection. The castle was constructed between 1695 and 1699 as a summer home for Frederick III’s wife, Queen Sophie Charlotte. Walks around the castle are plentiful and it is well worth visiting Queen Luise’s extraordinary mausoleum and the earlier tea house known as the Belvedere, which has some amazing collections of pottery and porcelain. Another castle which is very popular is the Jagdschloss Glienicke. It is a small traditional castle close to the Glienicke Palace. Originally this castle was used as an isolation hospital for people with infectious diseases, but today it is one of the most popular castles in Germany and is protected as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Schloss Glienicke
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Schloss Glienicke , by Timothy Valentine
Schloss Glienicke
Address: Königstrasse 36
  Phone: +49 33 805 30 41

Schloss Glienicke (Glienicke Palace) is an outstanding castle, situated on the Island of Wannsee. It was commissioned by Prince Carl of Prussia in 1826. The architect of the building Karl Friedrich Schinkel designed it in the late Classical style. At first it was a cottage, but the architect rebuilt it as an impressive summer residence. The castle is known for its elements, typical for the Italian country-house style. It has marvellous gardens, with beautiful riverside and lakeside walks, showing lovely views towards the Havel River. One of the most impressive highlights of the palace is the large fountain, placed in front of the main facade. It is decorated with gilt lions, made similar to the Villa Medici fountain in Rome.
Spandauer Zitadelle
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Spandauer Zitadelle, by Paola Farrera
Spandauer Zitadelle
Address: Am Juliusturm
  Phone: +49 30 354 944 200
Price: 0 - 3 EUR  

The citadel Spandau is an impressive fortification situated in Berlin. It was constructed in the end of the 16th Century in Renaissance style. The building was designed by the Italian Francesco Chiaramella de Gandino in 1562 and it was completed by Count Rochus zu Lynar 34 years later. The fortress' apperance was very typical of its period. It consisted of four bastions, connected by Kurtinen. Unfortunately the original Renaissance building was destroyed in 1813. The rebuilt fortress is Classicist in style. Kommandantenhaus (Commander's House) of the fort, which today is turned into a Museum of Local History (Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Spandau) is also very impressive. Nowadays, the castle hosts various art exhibitions.
Schloss Britz
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Schloss Britz , by Jorg Kantel
Schloss Britz
Address: Alt-Britz 73
  Phone: +49 30 609 79 230

Schloss Britz is a castle placed in Berlin. It was built in the beginning of the 18th Century and enlarged in 1880-1883 and slightly transformed to the style of French Renaissance. After World War II, it was used by the city of Berlin and served as children’s home. In the end of the 20th Century, it became the office of the Neukoelln district. Some renovation processes were held, including the construction of farm buildings and a beautiful park. It kept a lot of its original 1883 appearance including the furniture and the works of art inside. Today the building of the castle is used for cultural meetings, exhibitions and readings.
Jagdschloss Grunewald
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Jagdschloss Grunewald, by Jorg Kantel
Jagdschloss Grunewald
Address: Hüttenweg 100
  Phone: +49 30 81 49 73

Jagdschloss Grunewald is a wonderful hunting lodge, situated in the lovely Grunewald forest. It was built in 1540 by the talented architect Caspar Theiss for the Electoral Prince Joachim II. It was his favourite place for practicing his favourite sport – hunting. In the beginning of the 18th Century, its new owner, Friedrich I restored the castle and added some Baroque elements. However, he kept the main hall unchanged and even today it can be seen in its original appearance. The hall has interesting painted ceilings. Here visitors can enjoy not only the romantic atmosphere of the castle, but also can see an impressive collection of paintings by Rubens, Lievens and Cranach.
Address: Unter den Linden 3
  Phone: +49 30 226 67 222

Kronprinzenpalais (Crown Prince's Palace) is a majestic castle situated in the area of Berlin. The original building was completed in 1663 according to the designs of the architect Philipp Gerlach in Baroque style. Two Centuries later it was renovated following the orders of Fredrich Wilhelm I to serve as a residence for his son, Crown Prince Wilhelm II. The building of the castle suffered severe damages during World War II, but was successfully rebuilt to its original appearance. In the inter-war period, the palace housed some of the world famous masterpieces of art. Before the unification of Germany the building was used for receiving the visiting foreign dignitaries. Kronprinzenpalais played key role as the place where the unification of Germany was officially signed. Nowadays, the castle hosts interesting exhibitions.
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Prinzessinnenpalais , by Michael Mertens
Address: Unter den Linden 5

Prinzessinnenpalais (the Palace of the Princesses) is situated in the centre of Berlin. It was built in the 18th Century according to the designs of architect Friedrich Wilhelm Dietrichs. The palace became known under this name after the daughters of King Friedrich William III lived there. In the beginning of the 20th Century, the castle has been residence of different members of the Prussian ruling family. Unfortunately during World War II, the palace was almost fully destroyed. It was rebuilt and modernised. Today, the castle hosts a lovely restaurant and cafes, as well as an opera palace. The interior is richly decorated and includes elements dating back to the reign of Frederic Guillaume III. On the terrace of the building you can see statues of the Generals of the Wars of Liberation – works of Christian Daniel Rauch.
Schloss Schonhausen
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Schloss Schonhausen , by Jolli Willner
Schloss Schönhausen
Address: Tschaikowskystrasse 1

Schönhausen Palace is a marvellous Baroque palace, situated in the district of Pankow, in Berlin. It is erected in the heart of splendid gardens, near the Panke River. In 1740, Friedrich II gave this property to his wife, Elizabeth Christine. Here you can still see original furniture and decoration from the 17th and the 18th Centuries. The festival room and the impressive double-barreled stairway are particularly impressive. After World War II, the castle was used as the formal seat of the President of GDR. Today, it is owned by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg.
Charlottenburg Palace
Address: Spandauer Damm 10-22
  Phone: +49 30 320 91 440
Price: 0 - 10 EUR  

Schloss Charlottenburg is a majestic and the most famous castle situated in Berlin. It was built in the end of the 17th Century as a summer residence for King Friedrich Wilhelm I. The architect of the building was Arnold Nering, who erected it in the impressive Italian Baroque style. The interior of the castle is unforgettable and admirable with its walls covered with decorative amber. In 1740-1746, the new wing with two banqueting halls was added to the east end of the palace by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff forming a counterpart to the Orangery. In the end of the18th Century, the castle was significantly enlarged under Friedrich Wilhelm II. The palace theatre and a lovely orangery were added. The tea-house Belvedere also was erected at this time in the beautiful Rococo style with impressive collection of porcelain. The gardens surrounding the main building were built in the 17th Century by Simeon Godeau in the French style known as Andre Le Notre. In the next Century they were renovated in English landscape style. Schinkel Pavilion situated in the gardens is worth a visit with its original furniture, art works and sculptures dating from the time of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Here you'll also find the Neo-Classical Mausoleum, where Queen Louise, King Friedrich Wilhelm III, Emperor Wilhelm I and Empress Augusta are buried. The castle was partly damaged during World War II, but fortunately was successfully rebuilt. Today it serves as a museum.
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