Peacock Island Dairy
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". 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 Peacock Island House, 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.
Dairy on Peacock Island [Meierei auf der Pfaueninsel]
How to get there
Stop "Pfaueninsel (Berlin)"
Parking is available on Nikolskoerweg
Summer Season | April to October
|Monday - Sunday:||closed|
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.
On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.
Tickets are available exclusively at the counter in the building
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 House, 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
We highly recommend to get your tickets online at https://tickets.spsg.de.
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.
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.