Charlottenburg Palace

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Prussian Grandeur – Charlottenburg Palace and Gardens

Charlottenburg is the largest and most important palace complex in Berlin of the former Brandenburg electors, Prussian kings and German emperors. It was one of the favorite residences of the Hohenzollern family, who over the course of two centuries had individual rooms designed, redesigned and elegantly furnished, while devoting equal attention to the gardens.

After ascending the throne in 1740, Frederick the Great not only commissioned the construction of his renowned Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, but also had Charlottenburg Palace expanded. Among its highlights are major French paintings and grand festival halls, with the White Hall and the opulent Golden Gallery considered some of the most beautiful Rococo interiors in Europe.

In addition to these more public spaces, two separately situated apartments were created for the artistically inclined king. In these privately used rooms, visitors can view one of the most extensive collections of 18th century French painting outside of France, including masterpieces by Antoine Watteau.

Like his uncle, Frederick the Great's nephew and successor, Frederick William II, also occupied two large suites of rooms in the New Wing: a summer apartment designed in the Chinese and Etruscan styles, and the Neoclassical Winter Chambers. From 1788–91, he had the palace ensemble along the Large Orangery completed with the construction of an independent Theater Building designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans. Celebrations and dinners, as well as prestigious special events (www.orangerie.berlin), are now held in the Orangery amidst an ambiance of Baroque sounds and surroundings.

The king's son and daughter-in-law, Frederick William III and his celebrated wife Luise, also used Charlottenburg Palace as a preferred summer residence. The queen resided in her late father-in-law's Winter Chambers located on the upper floor to the west. Karl Friedrich Schinkel created her elegant bedchamber, a fine example of Prussian furniture design, in 1810. Important early 19th century works of art from the royal collections are presented in Frederick William III's former apartments on the ground floor.

The Crown Treasure and Silver Vault are a special highlight at Charlottenburg Palace. On display are rare and precious tableware made of precious metals, glassware and individual examples from the extensive porcelain dinner service. Particularly striking is the tradition-laden Prussian crown insignia from the 1701 coronation of the first Prussian king, as well as Frederick the Great's snuff boxes studded with precious stones.

Neoclassical and Romantic sculpture exhibited in the vestibule of the New Wing brings to life the heyday of Berlin sculpture.

Some areas of the palace may be restricted due to urgently required renovation work. We appreciate your understanding.

Address

Charlottenburg Palace
Spandauer Damm 10-22
D-14059 Berlin

How to get there

Parkplätze:

Eingeschränkt, bis ca. 80 Fahrzeuge (öffentlicher Parkplatz, gebührenpflichtig)

Opening Hours

April – October

Valid 01.04.2016 - 31.10.2016
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

November – March

Valid 01.11.2016 - 31.03.2017
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

Christmas eve (24.12.2016) closed

Christmas Day (25.12.2016) closed

Christmas Holiday (26.12.2016) 10:00 - 17:00

New Year's Eve (31.12.2016) 10:00 - 14:00

New Year's Day (01.01.2017) 11:00 - 17:00

Both guided tours and audio guides are available.

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

Prices/ Offers for Groups

Single Ticket

Both guided tours and audio guides are available.

Price: 10.00 € reduced: 7.00 €

Ticket charlottenburg+

Valid for a single visit to all the SPSG museum institutions in the Charlottenburg Palace Gardens on one day. (Not valid for special exhibitions; some exceptions apply.)
On sale at all participating palace registers, at the visitor centers and online.

When purchasing online tickets (plus 2 euros service charge) a fixed admission time for Charlottenburg Palace will be booked as well.

Price: 12.00 € reduced: 9.00 €

charlottenburg+ Family Ticket

Valid for a single visit to all the SPSG museum institutions in the Charlottenburg Palace Gardens ** on one day. Not valid for special exhibitions; some exceptions apply.
Valid for up to 2 adults and up to 4 children belonging to the same family aged 18 or younger.
On sale at participating palace registers and at the visitor centers.

Price: 25.00 €

Photo Permit for the Palaces

Valid for one day for all palaces.
Only for private use. Not for publication.
No flash, no tripods.

Price: 3.00 €

Contact & Booking

SPSG | Visitor's Information
info(at)spsg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200
SPSG | Group Service
Postfach 60 14 62
14414 Potsdam, Germany
gruppenservice(at)spsg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-222
Fax: +49 (0) 331.96 94-107
Schloss Charlottenburg
Spandauer Damm 10-22
14059 Berlin
Tel.: 030.3 20 91-0

Accessibility

  • wheelchair access with assistance

For conservation reasons, it is unfortunately not possible to use prams / baby strollers in the exhibition rooms.

Additional Offers

  • Audioguide deutsch
  • Audioguide englisch
  • Audioguide französisch
  • Audioguide italienisch
  • Audioguide spanisch
  • Kinder-Audioguide deutsch
Der Umbau der Sicherheits- und Serviceeinrichtung im Schloss Charlottenburg wurde von der Europäischen Union kofinanziert (Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung)
Investition in Ihre Zukunft!