Anyone for tea?
I toured inside Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, last June with my daughter DD. The palace was built at the end of the 17th century for Sophia Charlotte, wife of Friedrich III, Elector of Brandenburg.
For the very reasonable sum of a few Euro I bought a paper wrist band that allowed me to take photos inside. The only drawback was that no flash was allowed. This explains the blurred quality of the photos.
Still I think you will get an idea of how beautiful and sumptuous this “summer cottage” really is.
Your entrance ticket includes a set of headphones, to tell you something about each room as you enter, in your own language. I thought this was a marvellous idea. I hate conducted tours, where they always spend ages at some relic that I have no interest in, and breeze past those I’d like to study. This way, everyone could go at their own pace, and it was surprisingly quiet.
This cup thing was actually massive! There were several around upstairs, probably about 50 cm tall, with intricately painted designs.
Though the double-storey palace was huge, with very long floors, many of the rooms themselves were small and interconnected. You reached the main bedroom through a series of other rooms; there being no hallway or passage.
There were many many treasures inside Charlottenburg Palace, but my little point and click camera just could not do them justice, without a flash.
I leave you with a portrait of Sophia Charlotte of Hanover –
– And suggest that if you are ever in Berlin, you should go and see this lovely palace for yourself.