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This stately palace had rather modest beginnings in 1699 as the summer villa of Sophie-Charlotte, wife of Elector Friedrich III. After Friedrich's promotion to king in 1701, he hired Swedish architect... Read More
This stately palace had rather modest beginnings in 1699 as the summer villa of Sophie-Charlotte, wife of Elector Friedrich III. After Friedrich's promotion to king in 1701, he hired Swedish architect Johann Nering Eosander to expand the structure. Subsequent Prussian rulers continued to dabble with the palace, resulting in today's grand edifice whose façade is 500m long, only 70m less than Versailles. It flanks a lavish baroque garden with several outbuildings, including a royal mausoleum and the Belvedere pleasure palace. The oldest section of the main palace is the Altes Schloss (Old Palace), which contains Friedrich and Sophie-Charlotte's private quarters as well as an oak-paneled banquet hall, the royal chapel and an Asian porcelain collection. The frilliest rooms are in the Neuer Flügel (New Wing), added by Frederick the Great in the 1740s but closed for restoration until at least late 2014.
- Tue-Sun 10am-6pm
- Hours May Vary Seasonally
- Old Palace Adult 12; Senior 8; Student 8; Military 8; Child (0-18) Free
- Best Attractions & Activities: "If you want to see the entire palace compound, getting a day pass saves some money. Avoid visiting on Monday or Tuesday when some buildings are closed. Access to the gardens is free."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This is the biggest remaining Prussian palace in town and a great place to catch a glimpse of royal life.
- Historic Sites: "On a pretty day, take a stroll through the stunning gardens, which are free to the public."