The Hohenzollerns are a dynasty of former princes, electors, kings and emperors of Hohenzollern, Brandenburg, Prussia, the German Empire and Romania, says Wikipedia. Charlottenburg Palace and its extensive garden were built for Queen Sophie Charlotte. Its oldest section dates to 1695. Frederick the Great updated it in the 1740s. It is the most important Hohenzollern residence left in Berlin.
The courtyard entrance to the palace seems somehow a bit barren.
There’s enough gilding in this gate to impress any visiting head of state.
A close-up of the gold leaf.
The rear of the Palace features its vast garden.
Admission to the garden is free, and many Berliners exercise here.
Some of the residents of the garden.
A reflecting pool is for, well, reflection.
The facade in the rear, facing the garden, maintains the splendor of the front.
The architecture dwarfs a person, and it’s meant to.
The garden backs up onto the Spree river, making the palace and this path one of the best jogging routes in town.