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Charlottenburg District

Charlottenburg District (33)

The Charlottenburg district gets its name from Queen Sophie Charlotte. After her unexpected death, her husband, King Frederick I, honoured his wife by naming the area ´Charlottenburg`. 

The district grew in importance thanks to Frederick I: after building the Palace of Charlottenburg here, many members of the aristocracy and upper classes wanted to build homes around the royal residence. 

As time passed many shops and businesses became established in the district and it soon transformed into one of the most populated in Berlin. 

Before reunification it was the most central neighbourhood of the city’s western zone, which drew tourists looking to make the most of Berlin’s nightlife in its bars and nightclubs. Today the very heart of the city is the Mitte district, even though Charlottenburg contains the most sophisticated fashion boutiques, numerous bookshops and untold numbers of commercial centres. With the recent emergence of shops and skyscrapers, it has earned the nickname ´City West`.

In this district you will be able to visit, among many other monuments, the Palace of Charlottenburg, the biggest in all Berlin.

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