Tea house "Belvedere" in Charlottenburg Palace Gardens.
Stretching northwards from Charlottenburg Palace in the western city of Berlin, the garden welcomes visitors with a royal splendour and richness rarely found across the city. Mixing baroque elements with characteristics of the English landscape garden, the popular destination for Berliners and tourists alike is an outstanding example of Prussian garden design with winding paths, picturesque ponds and stunning views made for relaxation and contemplation rather than outdoors pursuits.
Charlottenburg Palace Gardens design
Charlottenburg Palace Gardens dates back to 1695 when Princess Sophie Charlotte commissioned Siméon Godeau to create one of the first French baroque gardens in the German-speaking world. It has a central long axis stretching from the palace's centre with a fountain in the middle and elaborate broderies - sweeping patterns made of boxtree and three-coloured gravel.
A carp pond, lawns and intimate green spaces
A broad flight of steps leads to an idyllic carp pond which is connected to the river Spree at the eastern end of the park. There are plenty of other features, such as several lawns for sunbathing and picnics, the romantic island Luiseninsel, shady alleys and intimate green spaces, that make Charlottenburg Palace Gardens a small, sheltered paradise for lovers of nature and beauty.
Buildings in Charlottenburg Palace Gardens
Strolling through Charlottenburg Palace Gardens visitors will not only see over 300 years of garden design, but also buildings worth a detour. The Belvedere, a small garden palace near the Spree in the northeastern part of the park, contains a precious porcelain collection. There is also a mausoleum to Queen Luise and a building designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the New Pavilion. Numerous sculptures from different eras adorn the palace garden.