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Pfaueninsel, Berlin

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Situated along the River Havel and only accessible by a small ferry, the nature reserve of Pfaueninsel makes up part of the World Heritage Site of the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin. The island, named after the free-roaming peacocks that live here, feels a world away from Germany's bustling capital. Besides its colorful feathered residents, the park is home to a number of other attractions, including a striking white medieval-style palace built by Friedrich Wilhelm II from 1794 to 1797. Admire the architecture and wander the grounds, where you can encounter a range of fauna alongside the peacocks. Snack shacks are located near the ferry drop-off. Take a look at our Berlin planner to schedule your visit to Pfaueninsel and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • In the cold season is worth a trip to the island. With sunshine and blue skies can walk there beautifully.
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  • A popular destination is the Peacock island in the river Havel. The island is characterized by an ancient trees of about 400 trees. The White Castle was built in 1794 by Friedrich Wilhelm II.. The castle is the symbol of the island. A delicate bridge connects two white towers. Half peaks indicate a ruin the island of once used peacocks who live here today also has your name. The dairy farm was designed on the model of a Gothic monastery and the "hunting", is ausBeelitz. A Roman patrician House behind the Park. The "House" was built in 1804.
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  • For the umpteenth time, we had a nice stay on the island: a garden landscape with thoughtful landscape concept, ideal for a break from the city. The island is a mixture of landscaped park, jungle-like areas and Tiergarten. Crossings with ferry, no vehicles - da manages excellent switch off from everyday life!
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  • Beautiful place, amazing for a day break from the city
  • Pfaueninsel on the Havel River is part of a World Heritage Site that encompasses Potsdam and Berlin’s stately properties. Excavations on the island have brought up evidence of occupation from the Iron Age, and in the 1600s it was the site of a royal-approved glassworks founded by the man of science Johannes Kunckel. But what we see today is straight from the Romantic period at the end of the 18th century when Friedrich Wilhelm II commissioned a summer residence intended to resemble the ruins of a Romanesque castle. The gardens are in the English style, which was in fashion at the time, and are littered with follies and grottoes, as well as an aviary. The most famous inhabitants though are the many free-ranging peacocks that give the island its name. Get there by S-Bahn and on a ferry, which is part of the fun.
  • Great way to spend a weekend day! Strolling around the park, having BBQ on the green for lunch. A delight! Plus, shortest ferry ride, 2 minutes and 4 euros and you are in the Island. Just take bus 218 from Wannsee S station to Pfaueninsel bus station and than its a 5 min walk to where the ferry leaves.
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