Situated in the Havel River west of Wannsee is Peacock Island or Pfaueninsel in German. This peaceful 165 acre island escape is a true hidden gem.
Here you can relax and roam around the island pathways, checking out the numerous landmarks while photographing the different views, and, of course, the wild peacock that roam freely.
There is even a castle on the island (Schloss auf der Pfaueninsel). Built in 1794, it was the summer home for King Frederick William II and was intentionally designed to look like a ruined Roman country house. You can visit the inside of the castle from April through October after the restoration work is complete. Check the official website for updates. The restoration work does not affect access to the rest of the island and its landmarks.
Starting 1821 King Frederick William III, who loved collecting animals, brought about 900 wild animals from around the world to the island. He opened it up for public viewing which became popular to the point of having to restrict the number of people visiting. His heir, King Frederick William IV transferred the animals to Zoo Berlin which opened in 1844. Today the island is protected as a nature preserve.
Several other historic landmarks remain to be discovered as you stroll around the island - most of them were built for King Frederick William II as well. One such landmark is the dairy built to look like a Gothic Revival Church and surrounded by a beautiful English garden. All of the landmarks have informational signs describing them in both English and German.
The island has a grassy picnic area with plenty of surrounding trees to provide shade on a hot day. A beer garden is available to quench your thirst.
A lovely rose garden located near the castle bursts with colour from spring through early summer.
The Pfaueninsel Ferry is not free nor included in your BVG fare or day pass. It is operated independently by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation. At the time of writing fares are €4 for adults, €2 for kids over 6, and free for kids under 6 which includes admission to the island and Palace.
The ferry operates daily from March 1 to October 31. Sailings start at 9 am and end at dusk. Frequency depends on demand with the norm being every 15 minutes.
The proximity to House of the Wannsee Conference and Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee makes Peacock Island and ideal place to visit during a day trip from Berlin to Wannsee.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Peacock IslandFee: Yes - €4 for adults, €2 for kids over 6, and free for kids under 6
Category: Local Flavor
This attractions is very relaxing and not too crowded. I like antiques and old buildings, so this was all interesting for me. I am not sure if children... Read More
Just The G. May-02-2019
Although getting there felt a little challenging, it was a worthwhile opportunity to enjoy green space outside of Berlin. I don't know why, but... Read More
Pia K T. Jul-30-2015
Such a lovely visit! And what a lovely, peaceful place of a world heritage site in the outskirts of Berlin. I suppose it's definitely more people and less... Read More
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How to get to Peacock Island by S-Bahn + Bus
Nearest S-Bahn + Bus Line(s): S1 or S7 + Bus #218
Nearest S-Bahn + Bus Station(s): S Wannsee Bhf
Take the S-Bahn to Wannsee Station and then Bus #218 to the Pfaueninsel ferry stop. Take the two-minute ferry ride across to the island.
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