The Palaces of Berlin

Packing Berlin into 4 days was a challenge, especially when we had planned a day trip out to a Schloss- which is a castle or a Palace. Perhaps it was just my ignorance, but I hadn’t expected quite so many beautiful and grand buildings when I first imagined Berlin. There are so many, in close proximity to the city centre, and further out.

As written about in a previous post- we visited the Presidents Palace.

Bellevue

Bellevue

The building was huge, set in some beautiful gardens where people could picnic and relax. Whilst it wasn’t possible to enter, it provided a great background for a little relaxation time. It is situated in the city centre, in Tiergarten park.

The next castle we visited was Charlottenburg. We had seen photos, and it has amazing gardens. It is also in the city centre, so easily accessible by public transport.

Charlottenburg

Charlottenburg

The downside of Charlottenburg was the cost. We had to weigh up whether it would be worth it to go in. We had planned other things to do on this day, so to pay 10€ entry and not make the most of it seemed pointless. It was still nice to see the exterior.

There was also an outdoor market with a live concert right next to it, which apparently goes on a lot. This provided a great atmosphere around the area!

The main palace we had planned to visit was called Schloss Sans Souci. It is in the South East of the city in a place called Potsdam, and took us around 1 hour to travel to from the centre of Berlin using public transport (metro then bus).

We were lucky enough to be there in a clear and very hot day, which I find always makes scenery look even more impressive. We were welcomed by a large windmill coming into the area.

Windmill

Windmill

Large columns arranged into a semi-circle welcomed us into the palace.

Entrance to the castle

Entrance to the castle

The palace was built in 1745 for Frederick The Great- King of Prussia.

First impressions on the building were fantastic. It was so clean and well-kept. The architecture was amazing, considering how old the building was!

First impressions

First impressions

The detailing on the palace was impeccable, the many sculptures were incredibly well done.

Detail on the palace

Detail on the palace

The gardens were really something special. There was a great view looking down from the palace over the fountain and the gardens beyond.

View over the gardens

View over the gardens

The steps up to the palace from the fountain added to the grandeur of the entire place.

View from the fountain

View from the fountain

We continued to explore the gardens, which many people seemed to miss out on. We are glad we did as we came across many smaller but still very grand buildings. Whilst we did, we took some photos for Garance’s fashion blog.

Hidden buildings

Hidden buildings

There was a possibility to visit inside, but we decided against it, and just to make the most of the beautiful weather outside.

So there we have it, the beautiful Palaces of Berlin. Do not miss out on them if you come to visit this magnificent city!

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