Dairy on Peacock Island
Please note: Restoration works
The Palace on Peacock Island is closed due to restoration work performed as part of the "Prussian Palaces and Gardens Master Plan". Peacock Island and the Dairy are open! Thank you for your understanding.
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.
To the info page of the venue
Im Obergeschoss öffnet sich eine Flügeltür zum gotischen Saal, dessen prachtvolle Gestaltung die Besucher auch durch die zuvor erlebte ländliche Einfachheit, im Inneren wie Äußeren, überwältigt. Namhafte Künstler schufen mit diesem Saal ein Meisterwerk früher neogotischer Raumgestaltung, welches in der Berlin-Potsdamer Region einzigartig ist.
Prunkstücke der originalen Einrichtung sind ein Kronleuchter aus böhmischem Kristall und ein Tisch aus orientalischem Achat mit geschnitzten Schlangenfüßen.
Die Ausstellung in der ehemaligen Meierwohnung im Erdgeschoss dokumentiert die unterschiedlichen Gestaltungsphasen der Pfaueninsel. Dort wird neben einem Kegelspiel auch ein Wagen der Russischen Rutsche ausgestellt, die im 19. Jahrhundert zum königlichen Freizeitvergnügen einlud.
Dairy on Peacock Island [Meierei auf der Pfaueninsel]
How to get there
Stop "Pfaueninsel (Berlin)"
Parking is available on Nikolskoerweg
Winter Season | November to March
|Monday - Sunday:||closed|
Summer Season | April to October
|Monday - Friday:||closed|
|Saturday / Sunday:||10:00 - 17:30|
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.
On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.
Price : 3.00 reduced : 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
Peacock (Ferry) Single Ticket
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).
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
Unfortunately, exhibition spaces are not wheelchair accessible.
Unfortunately, for conservation reasons the use of baby carriages and strollers is not permitted in exhibition spaces.
Museum shop on Peacock Island
The opening hours of the museum shop on Peacock Island are as follows:
April to October: 10:45 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
November to March: 10:45 a.m. – 3.15 p.m.
Please note: No luggage or baggage may be left in the entrance area of the palace for security and safety reasons.
Unfortunately, there are no facilities for storing larger pieces of luggage or similar baggage on the premises of this historical site. We appreciate your understanding.
A limited number of lockers are available for smaller pieces of baggage (up to 35 x 35 x 50 cm) in Glienicke Palace.