Paretz House and Estate
Royal Country Life
Queen Luise and her family would spend the summer months at Paretz House in the secluded idyll of the peaceful Havel River landscape. Far removed from the courtly etiquette and pomp of Berlin, the Prussian capital, they indulged in a bourgeois domesticity that, in a time of great change, would serve as a model for an entire generation.
David Gilly systematically planned and built the palace and village of Paretz from 1797–1804 to a high aesthetic standard, creating a summer residence for Crown Prince Frederick William (III) and his wife Luise. A prime example of Prussian rural architecture from around 1800, it satisfied both the desire for a royal country manor as well as the requirements of a functional farm. It also harmonizes beautifully with the Havel River’s expansive landscape.
Only 20 kilometers from Potsdam, Paretz is still one of the most delightful places to visit in Brandenburg. A tour of the royal quarters fitted with precious furniture, paintings, works of art, and the famous Paretz wallpapers provides fascinating insights into the lifestyle of Luise, who was deemed carefree and temperamental.
The house’s permanent exhibition, which was newly conceived and installed in April 2014, depicts the fascinating architectural history of the estate and its use, and documents the restoration of Paretz House, which had been disfigured beyond recognition for a number of years.
The Royal Coach House has a small, but art historically important collection of valuable 17th and 18th century coaches, sleighs and sedan chairs that belonged to the Prussian dynasty.
14669 Paretz / Ketzin
How to get there
Stop "Paretz, Schloss"
Parking spaces are available behind the Kulturscheune and on the grass lot behind it; accessible via Werderdammstraße.
Parking spaces for disabled visitors are located behind the Royal Coach House (Schlossremise).
Winter Season | November to March
|Monday - Friday:||closed|
|Saturday / Sunday:||10:00 - 16:00|
|Christmas Eve (24.12.2023)||closed|
|Christmas Day (25.12.2023)||closed|
|Christmas Holiday (26.12.2023)||10:00 - 16:00|
|New Year's Eve (31.12.2023)||closed|
|New Year's Day (01.01.2024)||11:00 - 16:00|
Summer Season | April to October
|Tuesday - Sunday:||10:00 - 17:30|
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Winter season: 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.
Paretz House incl. the Royal Coach House
Valid for one day
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
Price : 0.00
- conditionally barrier-free
The restrooms in the Hall Building are wheelchair accessible.
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).
360 degree panorama
Garden Hall of Paretz House
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