Schönhausen Palace

Layers of Time

At no other Prussian palace are the traces of time from German history so visible and in such close proximity to one another.

The palace was used from 1740–97 as the summer residence of the Prussian queen Elisabeth Christine. Frederick the Great’s wife, who stayed at the palace regularly for over fifty years, significantly shaped its development. Outstanding 17th and 18th century interior décor has been preserved in many areas. The magnificent ballroom and elegant stairways survive as do valuable wall coverings and luxurious furnishings in the queen’s living quarters and state rooms. The richly stuccoed ballroom is the only late Rococo space in Berlin preserved in its original form.

During the National Socialist period Schönhausen served as a main depot for so-called “degenerate art.” Several thousand works of art confiscated by the National Socialists were stored here, before being sold abroad to acquire foreign currency.

After World War II the palace served as the official residence of East Germany’s (GDR) head of state, Wilhelm Pieck. The office of president was abolished after Pieck’s death in 1960 and replaced with a state council based on the Soviet model. Schönhausen Palace remained the preeminent government building in the GDR under Walter Ulbricht until 1964. After the palace’s conversion to a state guest house, it accommodated high-ranking official guests of the GDR government, such as Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, Fidel Castro and Mikhail Gorbachev. Wilhelm Pieck’s office and a guest apartment convey an authentic impression of the self-image practiced by the Socialist Unity Party (SED) dictatorship.

Additional information on the division of Germany can be found at the Berlin Wall Memorial website


Schönhausen Palace
Tschaikowskistraße 1
D-13156 Berlin

How to get there

Tram M1 or Bus 250 to Tschaikowskistraße
Local train S 2 (Direction Buch/Bernau) or Subway U 2 to Pankow

Parking limited available

Opening Hours

November / December

Valid 01.11.2017 - 31.12.2017
Monday - Friday: closed
Saturday/ Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

January – March

Valid 02.01.2018 - 29.03.2018
Monday - Friday: closed
Saturday/ Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00

April – October

Valid 30.03.2018 - 31.10.2018
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

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

Summer season: Tuesday – Friday: Can be viewed with a guided tour; can also be viewed without a guided tour on weekends & holidays.
Winter season: Can be viewed with a guided tour.

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

Overview of opening hours and holidays »

Admission Prices / Group Offers

Single Ticket

Price: 6.00 € reduced: 5.00 €

Schönhausen Family Ticket

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

Price: 12.00 €

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 €

Contact & Booking

SPSG | Visitor's Information
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200
SPSG | Group Service
Please use our contact form for booking requests »
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-222
Fax: +49 (0) 331.96 94-107

Björn Ahlhelm

Schloss Schönhausen
Tschaikowskistraße 1
13156 Berlin
Tel.: 030.40 39 49 26 25


  • wheelchair access

There is a lift in the Palace, the restrooms are barrier-free.

For conservation reasons, it is unfortunately not possible to use prams / baby strollers in the exhibition rooms.

Additional Offers

  • Audio Guide German
  • Audio Guide English
  • Audio Guide German for children (age 7-11)
  • Audio Guide English for children (age 7-11)

Upcoming Events

  • Vom Barock zur Moderne

    Konzert der Musikschule Béla Bartók

    05.05.2018 11:00

  • Romantisches Frühlingskonzert

    mit dem Duo >con emozione<

    19.05.2018 11:00

  • Frühling in Schönhausen

    Kammermusik mit dem Musikgymnasium C. P. E. Bach

    24.05.2018 18:00

  • Hildebrandt Gurlitt und das Schloss Schönhausen als Depot der „entarteten Kunst“

    Vortrag mit Kunsthistorikerin Dr. Meike Hoffmann

    27.05.2018 11:00

  • Schlossgespräche: „Erich Honecker: Das Leben davor“

    Buchvorstellung mit Martin Sabrow

    12.06.2018 19:00

  • Sommerliches Wandelkonzert mit dem Havelland Ensemble

    Werke von Vivaldi, Mozart, Friedrich II.

    24.06.2018 14:00

Group Offers

Our group offers you can find here