Blick über die Havel auf die Pfaueninsel mit Schloss

Peacock IslandAn Island Paradise

The gardening and architectural design of 67-hectare Peacock Island began at the end of the 18th century under King Frederick William II and his mistress Wilhelmine Encke. They had the small summer palace and a dairy constructed in a picturesque building style resembling a monastery gone to ruin, based on English and French models, with references to an ancient Roman style as well.

Modeled on islands in the South Pacific discovered approximately 20 years before, exotic trees and plants gradually took root on this island – as did the colorful peacocks and menagerie completing the exoticism of Peacock Island. However, most of its animals were given to the zoological garden in Berlin in 1842, which led to the foundation of the current zoo.

Queen Luise and King Frederick Willhelm III had the island transformed into an aesthetically stylized ornamental mock farm, with farming practices intended to yield profits. Shortly afterwards, the garden artist Peter Joseph Lenné laid out one of his picturesque landscape parks here and the rose garden in 1821.

Today, Peacock Island – its palace (currently closed due to restoration work), dairy and the other park buildings, its charming footpaths with beautiful views, nearly 400 old oaks and the oldest rose garden in Berlin – is a popular destination for leisurely strolls in peaceful surroundings. The island is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and is a protected flora and fauna habitat.

Peacock Island is a world-renowned example of garden design. Please help us to maintain the park as a place of culture and recreation.

Peacock Island [Pfaueninsel]

14109 Berlin

March to October
Monday  - Sunday:
10.00 AM — 06.00 PM
November to February
Monday  - Sunday:
10.00 AM — 04.00 PM
New Year's Day (01.01.2025)
11.00 AM — 04.00 PM

The opening hours listed correspond to the operating hours of the ferry to the island.
Last crossing to the island 45 minutes before the end of ferry service.

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

Overview of opening hours and holidays »

Peacock (Ferry) Single Ticket

We highly recommend to get your tickets online

Please note that payment at the ticket machines on site is only possible by Visa, MasterCard or Girocard; the machine only accepts coins.

6 €, reduced 5 €
Peacock Island Family Ticket (Ferry)

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

12 €
Annual Pass for Peacock Island (Ferry)

Valid for use of the ferry to Peacock Island for one year.

30 €
Free admission
for annual ticket holders

Disabled people with a degree of disability (GdB) of 100 can use the ferry free of charge with appropriate proof.

Information on free admission and concessions

SPSG | Visitor Information
Visitor Centre Historic Windmill in Sanssouci Park
An der Orangerie 1
14469 Potsdam
Closed Mondays

Visitor Centre New Palace in Sanssouci Park
Am Neuen Palais 3
14469 Potsdam
Closed Tuedays
Phone: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200
SPSG | Gruppenservice
contact form for booking requests
Phone: 0331.96 94-222
Fax: 0331.96 94-107

  • conditionally barrier-free

Suitable for people with disabilities in accompaniment. Barrier-free restrooms available.

Our group offers you can find here

 In the ferry house at the landing stage there is a selection of books, postcards, games, articles on the subject of peacocks as well as a small selection of cold drinks, coffee, ice cream and snacks available.

Open daily from 10.30 am to 6 pm.

Attention: Branches at risk of falling!

Due to extreme drought these days, trees have been severely damaged. Branches are at risk of falling. Please stay on the visitor paths and avoid to take a rest under old trees, even when it rains!