Dairy on Peacock Island

Pastoral Pleasures

At the end of the 18th century, Jean Jacques Rousseau’s call to “return to nature” inspired European nobility to construct mock farms where they could enact their notions of the “simple country life“ in staged surroundings. In Prussia it was King Frederick William II and his mistress, the Countess Lichtenau, who dreamt up a pastoral hideaway on Peacock Island, far removed from courtly etiquette, with its very own dairy where they could milk and savor the sweet milk of their well-kept cows.

Built from 1794–95, the same time as the Palace on Peacock Island, the Dairy’s exterior was designed to resemble a monastery gone to ruin. The ground floor accommodated the cows that the royal highnesses milked themselves. Thereafter they proceeded to the whey room, where today’s visitors can view the churn used by Countess Lichtenau to beat the cream to butter. Wooden butter molds with the peacock motif also still survive.

The double door on the upper floor opens onto the Gothic Hall. Its magnificent décor has an even more overwhelming effect when visited after having enjoyed the pastoral simplicity of the surrounding areas before reaching this room. Created by renowned artists, it is a masterpiece of early neo-Gothic interior design that is unparalleled in the Berlin-Potsdam region.

Other showpieces from the original interior decoration are the Bohemian crystal chandelier and a table made of oriental agate with carved snake feet.

The exhibition in the dairy farmer’s former living quarters on the ground floor documents Peacock Island’s various phases of redesign. A game of skittles and Russian slide, which was a favorite pastime of the royals during the 19th century, are also on display.

Address

Dairy on Peacock Island
Nikolskoer Weg
14109 Berlin

How to get there

Opening Hours

November – March

Valid 01.11.2017 - 31.03.2018
Monday - Sunday: closed

April – October

Valid 01.04.2018 - 31.10.2018
Monday - Friday: closed
Saturday/ Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

Overview of opening hours and holidays »

Admission Prices / Group Offers

Single Ticket

Price: 2.00 €

Annual Pass for the Palaces

Valid for all SPSG palaces open to the public incl. special exhibitions, for one year after date of issue (except Sacrow Palace, Stern Hunting Lodge; in the Belvedere on Potsdam’s Pfingstberg, ticket owners are granted the reduced rate). Including discounts in museum shops and selected restaurants. Non-transferable. On sale at all palace registers and visitor centers.

Price: 60.00 € reduced: 40.00 €

Photo Permit for the Palaces

Valid for one day for all palaces.
Only for private use. Not for publication.
No flash, no tripods.

Price: 3.00 €

Peacock (Ferry) Single Ticket

incl. map

Price: 4.00 € reduced: 3.00 €

Peacock Island Family Ticket (Ferry)

Valid for one day for up to 2 adults and up to 4 children (aged 18 or younger).
inkl. map

Price: 8.00 €

Annual Pass for Peacock Island (Ferry)

Valid for use of the ferry to Peacock Island for one year.
On sale at the Peacock Island ferry station.

Price: 23.00 €

Contact & Booking

SPSG | Visitor's Information
info(at)spsg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200

Accessibility

Unfortunately, exhibition spaces are not wheelchair accessible.

Unfortunately, for conservation reasons the use of baby carriages and strollers is not permitted in exhibition spaces.