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At Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace is the biggest palace in Berlin. Built in the early 18th century for Sophie Charlotte, the first Prussian Queen, the Baroque-styled castle was progressively expanded and re-styled by later royal generations according to their own taste. Friederich the Great even added a whole New Wing to it, just ’cause he could.

The palace contains a big garden, a belvedere and a pavilion. It’s home to an amazing collection of Chinese porcelain, silverware and the largest collection of 18th century French paintings outside of France. This odd aggregation makes for an interesting mix, reflective of different influences.

Because of this constant transformation – and the fact that it was basically rinsed by bombs during WWII, subsequently forcing further rebuilding work – the palace is a unique hybrid which transcends time and trends.

I was excited to see it contained the famous David painting of Napoleon Bonaparte Crossing the Great St Bernard Pass, although that turned out to be one of numerous copies scattered around Europe. I also really liked the notorious and vast green reception room.

Anyway, here are a few pics:

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Charlottenburg Palace is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm (closed on Monday). Address: Schloss Charlottenburg, Spandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin. Admission costs between 7-12€, with family deals available. Warning: the fuckers charge an extra 3€ just to let you take pictures inside!

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