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Charlottenburg - Where to Stay in Berlin
Charlottenburg is known as the former centre of West Berlin, and many people still consider it to be Berlin’s focal point. One of Berlin’s most affluent areas where you’ll see a lot of well turned out people. Charlottenburg has a more sophisticated, mature feel to it than the other districts. It is home to a number of very fine restaurants, notably around the Savignyplatz area, where you’ll also find some interesting designer second clothes and furniture shops. Architecture-wise, expect a lot of classic style buildings dating back from the 19th century, as well as impressive, grand old theatres that still grace its streets. It is a great place to stay for a peaceful night’s sleep and is also a stone’s throw away from all of the Berlin attractions.
Another attraction of this leafy western district is Schloss Charlottenburg. Berlin’s largest palace, the sprawling structure was built at the end of the 17th century and greatly expanded during the 18th. With its large, manicured garden featuring a lake, mausoleum, theatre and pavilion, Schloss Charlottenburg is a major tourist attraction. The palace is host to events throughout the year, from guided tours to family festivals and an iconic Christmas market.
Close to Charlottenburg is the glorious Tiergarten, one of Berlin’s largest parks and home to one of Europe’s most diverse zoos. It is also a popular location during the summer months to take a stroll, sunbathe or have a picnic. Charlottenburg is also home to the huge Berlin Messe - the trade show hall - which hosts big international events like ITB (the International Tourist Fair) and Internationale Grüne Woche (International Green Week). Berlin’s famous Olympic Stadium is certainly worth a visit and is also located in Charlottenburg.