WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE FOR THE PRUS­SIAN ROY­ALS?

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For just one night, leave be­hind hum­drum re­al­ity and live it up like a king or queen. Char­lot­ten­burg Palace, the op­u­lent sum­mer dwellings of Prus­sia’s Ho­hen­zollern royal fam­ily, hosts reg­u­lar din­ners and con­certs drenched in baroque grandeur. Start by ex­plor­ing the grand rooms of the palace, en­joy a can­dlelit three-course dinner in the for­mer the­ater, then take in a clas­si­cal con­cert per­formed by the Berlin

Res­i­dence Or­ches­tra in au­then­tic pe­riod cos­tumes (www.res­i­denz konz­erte. berlin). To ex­pe­ri­ence more about how the aris­toc­racy lived, take the S-Bahn east to Schloss Köpenick, a 17th-cen­tury palace set in the mid­dle of the Dahme River and sur­rounded by English-style gar­dens (www.smb.mu­seum). In­side are splen­didly pre­served in­te­ri­ors and ex­hibits of Re­nais­sance and Ro­coco de­sign, from ta­pes­tries to fur­ni­ture.

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