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Berlin Tips: Why you should visit Peacock Island this Summer

Almost nothing in the world is better than Summer in Berlin. Ice cream in hand and picnic blanket under-arm, going out into the natural areas surrounding the city is one of my favorite ways to celebrate this season. Last weekend, I discovered a new area in the West of Berlin, near Wannsee and Grünewald, called Pfaueninsel (“Peacock Island”). Here are some reasons to visit this pretty little oasis, things to do, and how to get the most out of your trip!

Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

Things to do on Pfaueninsel

Most of what you’ll be doing on Pfaueninsel can be simply described as “exploring”. We spent about four hours on the island in total, walking between different landmarks, snapping photos, and of course stopping to have a picnic. Here are some of the highlights of what you’ll see on the island!

Spot some peacocks

Did you know that peacocks have been traditionally bred on islands so that they wouldn’t escape? There are actually a number of peacock islands around the world, so the one just outside Berlin isn’t all the unique.

Check out the summer home of the Prussian king

Berlin has a ton of Prussian monuments and structures leftover from former times, and the castle on Peacock Island served as a summerhome for King Frederick William II. This castle is meant to look like a ruined Roman countryhouse, and the king himself insisted that it be crafted from Prussian wood. The well-preserved interior is open to the public between April and October!

Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

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Walk around to all the landmarks

When you buy a ticket for the ferry, you’ll also get a small map which you can use to navigate the landmarks of the island by foot. A number of these buildings were constructed for the king, such as the Meierei pictured below. Each of these structures around the island has informational panels you can read, both in German and in English.

Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

Picnic in the Liegeweise

The picnic area is one of places on the island where you’d expect to find the most people, but it’s still relatively sparse. There’s a small biergarten in this area, plus ample space to spread out your own blanket and eat the snacks you brought with you. This open paddock is surrounded by trees as well, in case you need shelter from the hot summer sun.

Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

TIP – In case you’re wondering, you can buy a picnic blanket like this with a water-proof bottom layer from just about any big department store in Berlin (e.g. Galleria Kaufhof) during the Summer.

Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

Stop and smell the roses

If you come in the Spring instead, you can also enjoy the full beauty of the Pfaueninsel rose garden. By late summer, most of the flowers had faded, but you could still get a good idea of how beautiful this part of the island must be during full Spring.

Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

How to get to Pfaueninsel

From Berlin, take the S-Bahn to S-Bahn Station Wannsee. At this point, you have two options for getting to the ferry that will take you to the island: bus or bicycle. The distance is about 7km or 4.4 miles.

Both will take you along the same path through the Westlicher Düppeler Forst, until you reach the ferry depot. From there, you can take the ferry (for a trip lasting a grand total of one minute) to get the island. The ferry departs every 30 minutes, or nach Bedarf (according to need).

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Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

One caveat is that you’re not allowed to bring bicycles on the island, so make sure you’re comfortable doing some walking along dirt paths to get around. For the most part, the paths are quite flat, we even saw some people lugging strollers around.

Costs

Visiting the island costs next to nothing: just 4 EUR per adult to board the ferry, or a family ticket for 8 EUR covering two adults and up to four (!) kids. While you’re here you can splurge on a beer, or simply bring your own food and drinks to enjoy in the picnic area.

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Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

Photos of Pfaueninsel

Here are some more photos of my trip to the island, which will hopefully inspire you to take some time out of your weekend before the summer is over and visit this charming location 😄

Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

Pfaueninsel, Berlin, Germany

About the author

Hi there! I'm Monica, an American expat living in Germany for nearly four years and using every opportunity to explore the world from my homebase in Berlin. My goal is to capture my memories in photos and posts that show how easy it is to start from scratch and travel the world by working abroad.

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