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.
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
Official Website: Schloss BritzFee: 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.
Phone: +49 30 60975039
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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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