Group Offers Peacock Island
Beyond the lake called the Havelsee, a park was created on the Peacock Island as an expansion and enhancement of the New Garden. In keeping with the spirit of the times, it was intended as a place where one could live in harmony with nature. In 1794, Frederick William II of Prussia had a rural summer pavilion built on the Peacock Island for himself and his mistress Wilhelmine Encke, the future Countess Lichtenau. It is a timber frame structure faced with wooden boards, but built to resemble a ruinous Romantic backdrop. Under Frederick Willliam II the island retained its original character. The landscaped garden was confined to the area around the palace, while a neo-Gothic dairy was built at the other end of the island. Frederick William III and his wife Queen Luise used the palace as a summer residence. From 1818 Peter Joseph Lenné was commissioned to transform the island into a landscaped garden. Several new buildings were added, including the Palm House (razed by fire in 1880) and Schinkel’s Cavalier House.
We offer the following group tour:
- Park Tour Peacock Island incl. ferry ride
Highlights of the guided tour: Peacock Island Palace, Schinkel's Cavalier House, Neo-Gothic dairy (each external visit only)
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.