Palaces and Gardens – The Royal Walks
During the golden era of the Prussian kingdom (17th to 19th centuries), both Berlin and its surroundings were endowed with numerous complexes of palaces and gardens to accommodate or distract members of the royal family, allowing them a luxurious and highly enjoyable life. Fortunately, some survived the onslaught of the turbulent history of the 20th century. As far as art, architecture and gardening are concerned, masterpieces of the last 350 years are still to be seen.
Allow me to show you what’s to be found on the way of the “Royal Walks“:
RW1 – Charlottenburg Palace
Since the death of its creator, Queen Sophie Charlotte von Hannover in 1705, the Charlottenburg Palace has become the official summer residence of the Hohenzollern family in the Berlin area. Taking almost 3 centuries to complete, the “Old Castle“ (Altes Shloss), the “New Wing“ (Neue Flügel), the Summer Pavilion, the Belvedere, and the Royal Mausoleum among others, are a Unesco World Heritage Site.
RW2 – Schönhausen
Initially outside the boundaries of the then capital of the kingdom, Schönhausen, was the official abode of Queen Elizabeth Christine, the unfortunate wife of the legendary Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick, “the Great“). In the postwar period, the palace became the seat of the presidency and guest house of the East German regime. Guided tour within the premises and gardens.
RW3 – Peacock Island
An island, one of many in the south-western course of the Havel River in Berlin. From here see the summer castle and gardens that constitute the first Prussian Zoo Garden in the mid-eighteenth century: Pfaueninsel. In addition to exotic peacocks that move “at ease” on the island striking local fauna and flora make visiting a delight in this protected reserve.
RW4 – Glienicke Palace
Klein Glienicke, was the caprice of Prince Carl von Preußen, a brother of Emperor William I. With his “English park”, casino and museum, the palace enjoys the status of “Cultural and Historical Heritage” awarded by Unesco. Located on one side of the oldest bridge in the region (Glienicker Brücke), the palace and the surrounding area was one of the “hot spots” during the Cold War period.
RW5 – Sanssouci Palace
The small castle where Frederick II (the “Great”) wanted to live “without worries”, is the starting point for a garden complex of more than 240 hectares north, in the “old town” of Potsdam. Not damaged during the Second World War, today the entire grounds (museums, monuments and gardens) draw huge crowds from all over the world. There is a choice of tours available ranging from the original palace’s interiors (Sanssouci), the New Chambers (Neue Kammern), the Tea House (Chinesisches Haus) or the New Palace (Neues Palais).
RW6 – The New Gardens
Showing a particular fondness to the company of ladies from an early age, Frederick William II of Prussia commissions a huge set of structures to consolidate both his weakness for the female gender and his allure for the occult. Intent on enjoying life pleasures with no strings attached, the most important woman in his life – neither his wife, nor his Mother and sisters – was the reason for the construction of the entrancing Marmorpalais (Marble Palace), the exotic Palmenhaus (Royal Greenhouse) and the mysterious pyramid in the center of the grounds.
The New Gardens (Neuer Garten), the “open secret” of the monarch with the shortest administration in the history of the kingdom, are a landscape and architectural gem of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
- For all programs (except “Nightime in Berlin” and Museums) a minimum duration of 3,5 hours applies.
- All programs can be modified or combined in one or many ways. I can customize your visit to meet your wishes.
- All tours are conducted from two people, but also for larger groups and companies.
- Some tours are subject to seasonal schedules (April – October)
- Outdoor tours (“The Royal Walks”, biking tours, “Memorial Estate and Museum Sachsenhausen”) cannot be performed under poor weather conditions.
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