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Since there seems to be a heat-wave rolling around Berlin at the moment I have had to just decided to ignore the heat and still go out and get things done.  So yesterday I braved the sizzling sun and went to Charlottenburger Schloss (Charlottenburg Palace).

This summer palace is the largest one left in Berlin and was originally called Liezenburg Palace, after the Village it was built in 1699. At the time Friedrich III, Elector of Barndenburg, was still just a German Prince and he built it for his wife Sophie Charlotte as a summer residence. When he crowned himself King to Prussia (wonder if I could just do that today… mmhhh), Friedrich I, in 1701 he enlarged the Palace.

After that a whole slue of Friedrichs took over, remodeled and increased the original Palace until it was today’s size. However it was badly damaged during WWI, most of the upper level was completely destroyed as was the back and many of it’s interiors where plundered or stolen from their hiding place.

But Charlottenburg was restored from 1951 and soon opened up to the public, its expansive gardens a great retreat for those living in the area.

s-bahn station Jungfernheide

s-bahn station Jungfernheide

some Plattenbau balconies

some Plattenbau balconies

reflecting back

reflecting back

a pretty lampost

a pretty lamppost

my fisrt peak at Charlottenburg, Fortuna greeting me glittering in the sun

my first peak at Charlottenburg, a glittering Fortuna greeting me

even the fence is very fancy

even the fence is very fancy

you wander in under two naked warriors ... and yes the sky was that blue

you wander in under two naked warriors … and yes the sky was that blue

at the fountain

at the fountain

a detail

a detail

chained slaves to symbolize the Kings power

chained slaves to symbolize the Kings power

taking a look inside

taking a look inside

chandeliers everywhere

chandeliers everywhere

the only original ceiling painting

the only original ceiling painting

this room is filled with porcelain in all shapes and sizes

this room is filled with porcelain in all shapes and sizes

mirroring back the trove

mirroring back the trove

a happy nude china-man overseeing it all

a happy nude china-man overseeing it all

and yes the fart is being turned into lightening

and yes the fart is being turned into lightening

mirror, mirror on the wall...

mirror, mirror on the wall…

going upsatirs

going upstairs

what a grumpy fellow

what a grumpy fellow

you could meet me here

you could meet me here

properly where the servants lived

properly where the servants lived

garden decor

garden decor

at the mausoleum in the park, which was built for the Prussian Queen Luise in 1810. She was the peoples queen at the time, beautiful, kind and died young

at the mausoleum in the park, which was built for the Prussian Queen Luise
in 1810. She was the peoples queen at the time, beautiful, kind and died young

passion flowers along teh way

passion flowers along the way

a friendly goose at teh pond

a friendly goose at the pond

looking back at the impressive palace

looking back at the impressive palace

standing in my way

standing in my way

 a tiny little palace in the gardens ...

a tiny little palace in the gardens …

the balcony balustrade

the balcony balustrade

left behind roses

left behind

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