Schloss Köpenick

Schloss Köpenick information

Location
Köpenick , Germany
Address
Schlossinsel 1
Telephone
+49 30 266 424 242
Getting there
Train: Köpenick
Tram: 62
More information
www.smb.museum/kgm
Prices
adult/concession/child €6/3/free
Opening hours
11am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Berlin's only surviving baroque palace, on a little island just south of the Altstadt, houses a branch of the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts). Exhibits showcase a rich and eclectic collection of decorative furniture, tapestries, porcelain, silverware, glass and other frilly objects from the Renaissance, baroque and rococo periods. Highlights include four lavishly panelled rooms and the stunning Wappensaal (Coat of Arms Hall).

It was in this very hall where, in 1730, a military court sentenced Crown Prince Friedrich (the later Frederick the Great) and his friend Hans Katte to death for attempted desertion. The future king was eventually spared but forced by his father, the Soldier King, to watch his friend's beheading. Nice dad...