Originally commissioned by Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Friedrich III, Elector of Brandenburg, Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin. Construction started in 1695 and completed in 1713, making Charlottenburg the only surviving royal residence in the city that dates back to the time of the Hohenzollern family. After the abolition of the German monarchy in 1918, all royal claims by the Hohenzollern family were terminated, though the family did retain control of many of their properties. When Germany was divided during World War II, many Hohenzollern residences were ceased by the Dutch, Polish and Soviet governments, and it wasn’t until after World War II and German reunification that the family was able reclaim possessions such as art and furniture. Charlottenburg Palace is now owned by the state and displays the crown jewels, royal silver, porcelain and other royal artifacts.
Shot just steps from the historic Hofbräuhaus, this documentary-style shot of downtown Munich shows one of the oldest parts of this amazing and historic city. With historic buildings, restaurants, and businesses that have been around for hundreds of years, this is truly an exciting place to spend a few days.
A kilometer from Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building, Potsdamer Platz has always been a focal point of Berlin. After being all but leveled during World War II bombing, Potsdamer Platz was later split in half by the Berlin Wall. In 1989 Potsdamer Platz became one of the earliest places where the wall was opened, facilitating a border crossing between East and West Berlin. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990 the area became host to Europe's largest construction site, as the city began to modernize and rebuild. In 1992, world renowned architect Renzo Piano won the design competition for the masterplan of the modern Potsdamer Platz we see today.