Schloss Charlottenburg (English: Charlottenburg Palace) is the largest palace in Berlin and was originally commissioned by Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Friedrich III (later known as King Friedrich I) in the late 17th century, expanded in the next century and restored after World War II.

Behind the palace is a vast garden, including a waterways, a fountain, a belvedere, a mausoleum, a theater, a pavilion and an orangerie and a few statues.

Schloss Charlottenburg Palace (Outside) – In A Berlin Minute (Week 129) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

For this video I focused on the exterior of the palace and the garden. Next week I’ll show you the insides of the palace.

What started out as a gorgeous blue-sky autumn day perfect for filming, unfortunately turned a cloudy grey day. So even though it wasn’t Kaiserwetter (Kaiser’s weather), I hope the royal atmosphere of the place still comes across.

A little detail that intrigued me: the Asian wedding couple getting their photos taken. It reminded me of being in Central Park in Manhattan. 

A detail you might find intriguing: the statue of Fortuna on top of the palace is a weather wane – turning with the wind (and not with the hours as I had originally understood).

The music is: Händel – Entrance to the Queen of Sheba for Two Oboes, Strings, and Continuo allegro (Advent Chamber Orchestra) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Schloss Charlottenburg seen from the garden

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