Charlottenburg Palace, pictured above, is one of the less busy attractions of Berlin. Its original name was Lietzenburg – after the village of Lietzow near which it was situated. It was built at the end of the 17th century for Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, queen consort of Frederick I, and after her death in 1705 the name was changed to Charlottenburg. This also became the name of the whole borough. Following administrative reforms in 2001 the district is now known as Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.
Behind the palace are large gardens and a walk through the grounds is a pleasant way to spend an hour or so. There is no entrance charge for the gardens (but there are admission fees if you want to go inside the buildings).
The fountain is a nice spot from which to view the formal gardens.
When we visited (in October), the gardeners were busy getting everything ready for the winter and the ornamental trees went on a short journey to a more sheltered location.