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.