Schloss Charlottenburg

Charlottenburg Castle

Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, GermanyThe Schloss Charlottenburg or Charlottenburg Castle was designed by Johann Arnold Nering as a summer retreat for Sophie Charlotte (Elector Friedrich III's wife) and is the largest palace in Berlin. Construction of the palace began in 1695 and was completed in 1699. It is an example of baroque architecture.
Extentions to the palace continued throughout the 1700's after Frederick III became the first Prussian King (Friedrich I). Schloss Charlottenburg, Charlottenburg Castle, Berlin GermanyFriedrich I brought in the Swedish architect Johann Eosander von Gothe to complete the expansions to include the extension of the main building  (1701), the Great Orangery constructed on the west wing  and a domed tower added to the main building.
Other additions included the eastern wing constructed by Frederick the Great (1740-46) and the Palace Theatre added to the orangery wing (1787-91).
The palace was originally named Schloss Lietzenburg but was renamed Schloss Charlottenburg after the death of Queen Sophie Charlotte in 1705.
The palace was severely damaged in 1943 by allied bombing during World War II. Reconstruction of the palace began during the 1950's.

Neuer Pavilion

The Neuer Pavillion is located on the Schloss Charlottenberg grounds. The Neo-Classical pavilion was designed and built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel for Friedrich Wilhelm III and his second wife Princess Auguste von Liegnitz in 1825.


Schlosspark, Berlin, GermanyThe Schlosspark is a royal park surrounding the Schloss Charlottenburg (Royal Palace). The park was reconstructed after World War II using 18th century prints as a guide to the original layout.


Mausoleum, Scloss Park, Berlin, BermanyThe mausoleum in the Schloss-park was designed by Christian Daniel Rauch. The mausoleum was originally the resting place of Queen Luise, the wife of Friedrich Wilhelm III. Following the death of Friedrich, Queen Luise's tomb was moved to make room for her husband's tomb. Friedrich's second wife was also placed in the mausoleum (without a tombstone). In the 1890's the tombs of Kaiser Wilhelm I and his wife Auguste von Sachsen-Weimar were also added to the crypt.