Another day, another palace. Oh the life of a princess! A girl can dream, right? Charlottenburg Palace or Schloss Charlottenburg is the largest and most important remaining Hohenzollern residence in Berlin. The palace and its garden were originally built as a summer residence for the Prussian Queen, Sophie Charlotte (who happens to share the same name with my sister. Teensy weensy proud moment. LOL), and were expanded by subsequent generations of the royal family. As a result, the palace has quite the combination of interesting architectural styles. Frederick the Great, the same King who had the the Neues Palais and Sanssouci Palace built, was responsible for the beautiful rococo style of the New Wing so I was really hoping to see that. Unfortunately, the New Wing was closed for renovations so I was only able to visit the Old Palace. It’s still as grand as ever though, with its baroque style rooms and and royal apartments filled with realistic paintings that look almost 3D, intricate stucco decorations and vast number of mirrors. Out of all the rooms, I have to give a special mention to the famous Porcelain Chamber. It took my breath away!!! The entire room was adorned with Chinese and Japanese porcelain, from floor to ceiling! I couldn’t stop staring at them. You must check out my photos below. Visiting all these palaces makes me wonder how life was like before. They certainly knew grandeur better than any of us ever will.
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