29 September 2015

Berlin Boogie: Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island)

Back in May, when the weather started to be nice, we opted to do some little excursion in Berlin. This time, we opted to go to Pfaueninsel, or Peacock Island. This is a real island, located in the Havel River, within Berlin, in the southwest. One has to take the S-Bahn to Wannsee, and then one can catch a bus that takes you direct to the ferry that you need to board in order to cross the river and get to the island.

The island is actually listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it is part of the listing for the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin. This is a multi-site listing, including plenty of the palaces that Potsdam is known for, and yes, it includes this Peacock Island, which also has a small palace, which can be visited.



The pictures above show you the small pleasure palace. It was built with the purpose of escaping the royal duties once in a while, which meant that this palace was smaller, and more intimate. It was also quite photogenic.



One can visit the interior only with a guided tour. If I remember correctly, the guided tours are only available in the warmer months. After all, the interior is not heated. You might think that the interior isn't the most splendid, and that is because everything inside is original, which meant that they are all in their original state of graceful entropy. Nothing has been copied, and there are no replicas. Hence, when we entered, we were given special shoes to wear so that we don't damage the delicate floors.



Finally, some photos of the exterior and the island itself. The island retains its idyllic character, with wild peacocks frolicking all over the place. There is also a small section of the island that functions as a zoo for exotic birds. We saw rather interesting chickens. Overall, the locals use this island as an excursion and picnic destination, as it is an easy destination to get to from Berlin's city center. If you want to escape the city for a day, then this is the place to go and do it.

2 comments:

  1. I love the spiraling stairway!

    In a way, it reminds me of the castle-like mansions on some of the tiny islands in the Thousands Islands, on the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

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    1. Zhu,

      I tried planning to go there back when I was still living in Buffalo! Alas, plans changed and I had to postpone it. I heard it is a beautiful place!

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