Caputh House and Estate
A Glamorous Pleasure Palace by the Havel River
Caputh House is the oldest pleasure palace in Potsdam and its environs to have survived from the time of Great Elector Frederick William of Brandenburg.
Looking back on more than 350 years of history, the royal apartments and ballroom of this small, sumptuously decorated country manor by the Havel River are decorated with stuccowork and ceiling frescoes from the 17th century. Unlike most other palaces, this art historical treasure managed to survive through the ages almost unchanged. The museum and its exhibits testify to the high quality of interior design enjoyed by royalty in the period around 1700.
Electress Dorothea, the Great Elector’s second wife, had the house expanded and beautified from 1671 onward. Splendid celebrations were also held under Frederick III, who became King Frederick I in Prussia in 1701. It was here, in 1709, that he received Frederick Augustus I of Saxony, also known as Augustus the Strong, and Frederick IV of Denmark for the Meeting of Three Kings.
Frederick William I had the summer house’s dining hall decorated with approximately 7,500 Dutch faience tiles. During the 18th century, the building was leased out and, at a later date, sold by the crown. From 1947 it served as a vocational school.
In 1999 the house was restored to its full Baroque glory and opened to the public for the first time as a palace museum. Visitors have access to the Tile Room, two gentleman’s rooms, the banquet hall, the elector and electress’ private apartments, and the Porcelain Cabinet. An exhibition on the basement level with photographs and film material documents the course of the restoration work.
Apart from being used as a museum, a range of special tours, lectures, concerts and exhibitions are held at the palace throughout the year.
Scenically located on the banks of the Havel River, a landscape estate with magnificent old trees adjoins the palace. It was modeled on plans by Peter Joseph Lenné.
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Parkordnung für den Schlossgarten Caputh
Der Schlossgarten Caputh ist ein Gartendenkmal und steht unter besonderem Schutz. Bitte helfen Sie mit, den Park als Ort der Kultur und Erholung zu erhalten!
Straße der Einheit 2
How to get there
Stop "Caputh, Schloss"
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Visitor parking at Michendorfer Chaussee.
Summer Season | April to October
|Tuesday - Sunday:||10:00 - 17:30|
Winter Season | November to March
|Monday - Friday:||closed|
|Saturday / Sunday:||10:00 - 16:00|
November to April: Can be viewed with a guided tour.
For organisational reasons, there may be waiting times. We ask for your understanding.
On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.
Price : 8.00 reduced : 6.00
Mark Brandenburg Palaces Family Ticket
Valid for up to 2 adults and up to 4 children (aged 18 or younger).
Price : 15.00
for annual ticket holders
Further information (in German)
Price : 0.00
Discount promotion “Prussian Palaces. Colonial Histories”
Reduced admission for ticket holders of the special exhibition Prussian Palaces. Colonial Histories.
contact form for booking requests
Phone: 0331.96 94-222
Fax: 0331.96 94-107
Unfortunately, the exhibition rooms are not accessible for wheelchair users.
For conservation reasons, it is unfortunately not possible to use prams / baby strollers in the exhibition rooms.
Please note: No luggage or baggage may be left in the entrance area of the palace for security and safety reasons.
A limited number of lockers are available for smaller pieces of baggage (up to 35 x 35 x 50 cm).
Before and after visiting the castle, visitors will find a cosy place to enjoy themselves in the castle courtyard. Coffee, cakes and other regional products are available in the newly refurbished Logierhaus, which houses the palace ticket office, museum shop and tourist information.
360 degree panorama
Ballroom in Caputh House
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