Queen Luise’s Temple for Eternity
Of particular interest is the mausoleum in the northwestern palace garden that King Frederick William III had built in the shape of an ancient temple for his wife Luise, who died young. It contains Christian Daniel Rauch’s tomb monument for the queen – a masterwork of 19th century German sculpture.
In 1810, immediately after the death of his beloved Luise, who was highly esteemed by the people, the king commissioned this structure to be built according to his own concepts and sketches. Its planning lay in the hands of the architect Heinrich Gentz; Karl Friedrich Schinkel participated in an advisory role.
When Frederick William III died in 1840, his successor, Frederick William IV, had the mausoleum structurally changed for the first time, under the direction of Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse. The attachment of a transept with an apse invoked a Christian reinterpretation. The building was enlarged again following the deaths of Emperor William I in 1888, and his wife Augusta in 1890, whose marble sarcophagus by Erdmann Encke has also been part of the mausoleum since 1894.
In a crypt beneath the memorial hall that is closed to the public are the tombs of Frederick William III’s second wife – Auguste von Harrach, Princess of Liegnitz – and Prince Albert, the youngest son of Luise and Frederick William III, as well as the heart of Frederick William IV, whose body is buried in Potsdam’s Friedenskirche (Church of Peace).
A compact guide to the palace gardens and their buildings may be ordered here.
Mausoleum in Charlottenburg’s Palace Gardens
Spandauer Damm 10-22
How to get there
Stop "Luisenplatz/Schloss Charlottenburg (Berlin)" + 1000m Fußweg
Paid parking spaces for cars and buses.
Summer Season | April to October
|Tuesday - Sunday:||10:00 - 17:30|
Winter Season | November to March
|Monday - Sunday:||closed|
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.
Tickets are available exclusively at the counter in the building
Price : 3.00 reduced : 2.00
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 tickets a fixed admission time for Charlottenburg Palace will be booked as well.
Price : 17.00 reduced : 13.00
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
Annual Pass for the Palaces
Valid for all SPSG palaces open to the public incl. special exhibitions, for one year after date of issue (except Sacrow House, Stern Hunting Lodge; in the Belvedere on Potsdam’s Pfingstberg, ticket owners are granted the reduced rate). Including discounts in museum shops and selected restaurants. Non-transferable. On sale at all palace registers and visitor centers.
Price : 60.00 reduced : 40.00
Tickets are available at the ticket machine at the Mausoleum.
ATTENTION: The machine only accepts coins, no notes; no exchange function.
Unfortunately, exhibition spaces are not wheelchair accessible.
Unfortunately, for conservation reasons the use of baby carriages and strollers is not permitted in exhibition spaces.
Please note: No luggage or baggage may be left in the entrance area of the palace for security and safety reasons.
Unfortunately, there are no facilities for storing larger pieces of luggage or similar baggage on the premises of this historical site. We appreciate your understanding.