BERLIN: Prussian Pleasure Palace

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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.


3 responses to “BERLIN: Prussian Pleasure Palace”

  1. Ken Avatar

    Just noting that Frederick the Great predates the American Civil War by a century.

    1. Clint Swift Avatar

      Indeed. Right Frederick, wrong century. He built the east wing in the 1740s. Thanks, Ken.

  2. patyclark Avatar

    There’s an old Jewish-American saying: “Rich or poor, it’s nice to have money.” But the comment on the gilding reminds me of a point that Thomas More makes in Utopia, to the effect that gold is assigned value only because we choose to do so. It’s not a metal that has much practical use.
    (from Richard)

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