Schloss Britz and the Gutspark

Britz Manor
Britz Manor

Take a step back through time with a visit to historic Schloss Britz (Britz Manor), the original mansion of the historic Rittergut (estate) and the village of Britz, now a district of Berlin-Neukölln. Nowadays, it is headquarters to the cultural organization Kulturstiftung Schloss Britz and contains authentic reconstructed rooms from approximately 1880.

Inside the house is a cultural museum with rooms reflecting the Gründerzeit era.

Early in the 18th century, the 1.8-hectare estate belonging to the Manor house was a common Baroque park combining aspects of a fruit and vegetable garden with that of a recreational garden.

Since 1924, when the estate was sold to the city of Berlin, the 1.8-hectare park is no longer privately owned. It has been preserved with mature trees including the oldest Ginkgo tree in Berlin and the network of paths that were added in the 1890s.

The Park was registered as a heritage site in 1990 and in 1997 the Park was awarded the German Gustav Meyer Prize for historical accuracy in the reconstruction.

The old farmyard with stables, the laborers' section, brewery chimney, and warehouses have also been preserved. Schloss Britz was registered as a historical monument in 1971.

History

The Britzke family sold the estate to the citizens of Prussia in 1699. Royal Chief Minister Samuel von Chwalkowski replaced the half-timbered manor with a two-storey stone house that forms the core of the mansion to this day.

The interior rooms were redesigned in the years following 1770 by the Minister of King Friedrich II, Count Ewald Friedrich von Hertzberg, who established a library and picture gallery which brought many visitors. In 1880 Julius Wrede cruelly transformed the style of the manor from Baroque to Neo-Renaissance style and added a tower.

The Neukölln district restored the castle from 1985 to 1988 and reconstructed the associated Park. During that time, many pieces of furniture from the past era were brought in. The permanent exhibition now incorporates pieces such as a suite of walnut chairs, a grand piano, and a leather wall hanging.

There is also an on-site restaurant.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Visiting the surrounding park and viewing the Manor from the outside is free. There is a small fee to visit the museum rooms or to participate in a guided tour.

Schloss Britz Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Address: Alt-Britz 73, 12359 Berlin, Germany

Phone: 030 60979230

Official Website: Schloss Britz

Schloss Britz Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Interesting small scale "castle" in Neukolln neighbourhood. Had an interesting art installation on first floor and in the gardens based on the history of carpets. 5 euro entry fee permitted access to the castle and the exhibit. Only first floor was open. Beautiful gardens with neat outbuildings including apairy still in use and small animal farm with goats, cows and geese. Bathroom facilities available in schloss. Kid friendly area. Another small artifact museum near animals and a beautiful church across the street. Inexpensive outing when in Berlin for the family or budget travellers
Vanessa Mackenzie - 7 months ago

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4 Star Rating SMALL BUT WORTH IT to see palace. The entry fee is 3€ (2022). Shame that you can only see 5 rooms. But the rooms are very well decorated. I wish there was more to see in the other rooms.
Sandra Neves - a year ago

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4 Star Rating Always great middle age type manifestations. Events for the whole family. Entrance fee is low, inside prices are as usual for this type of events. The only part which is missing is parking place. Defined something to work on.
Dragan Filipović - a year ago

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5 Star Rating Love it, gorgeous park with plenty of space to see lovely flowers, birds or simply do nothing
Fabian Camilo Nieto Peña - 3 years ago

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4 Star Rating Nice place with a manor house and an exhibition, the Neukölln museum next to it and a wonderful little park which invites for a walk.
Monolith - 5 years ago

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Directions

How to get to Schloss Britz by U-Bahn or MetroTram

Nearest U-Bahn or MetroTram Line(s): U7, M44, M46
Nearest U-Bahn or MetroTram Station(s): U Parchimer Allee

From Parchimer Allee Station walk west on Parchimer Allee and continue on Fluhamer Allee to the park which is on your left. Enter via the pathway.

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