When I was little, I’d look in my little planner I’d always see that my birthday – October 3rd – is a national holiday in Germany. I’d always think to myself that that fact would never really affect me…but how wrong I was!
Now I enjoy a national holiday (reunification day) on my birthday every year! Last year, I went on a cheeky day trip to Cologne, but this year I went bigger, better. I’d read about a palace in Berlin called Charlottenburg Palace. There it was – the place I had to go to on my birthday.
After months of careful planning, boyfriend and I booked a bus from Frankfurt to Berlin and back, so we could spend a long weekend in Berlin, to go to my palace, on my birthday, which is a holiday.
After 7 long hours in the bus we dumped our stuff at our hotel and went to find my palace. After what felt like hours of walking due to hanger, we finally found it. It was beautiful.
The palace was made for Sophia Charlotte, who was a pretty big deal back in the day. She was queen consort of Prussia, and her big brother was King George 1st. Myself and my two sisters were all named after queens or princesses, but I’m not sure if this is the exact person I was named after. I’ll have to check with mum…
We didn’t go inside because we were both pretty exhausted and hungry. It’s got a gorgeous garden out the back, and I’d love to see it again when Autumn is in full swing.
And for one day, after spending 7 hours in my coach, I felt like a German princess for one day.