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Villa Schöningen
Villa Schöningen mit Parkanlage © Villa Schöningen, Foto: NOSHE

Villa Schöningen

Berlin's contemporary history at the Glienicke Brücke

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The Villa Schöningen is an exhibition house for contemporary art in Potsdam. Located at the Glienicke Bridge, once one of the most famous border posts between East and West Berlin, the villa is a historically unique place in a historically unique location. The villa, which was designed by Ludwig Persius in 1843 in the Italian villa style, now hosts changing exhibitions of high-calibre contemporary art. With its internationally acclaimed art exhibitions, the Villa Schöningen has become a permanent institution in the cultural landscape of Berlin and Brandenburg.


The themes of inner-German division and the Cold War are taken up again and again in the exhibitions and circled associatively. The park of the villa is also regularly used for changing sculpture exhibitions that deal with the spirit of the place in the broadest sense.


The villa also makes its rooms available for private readings, lecture series and events. In the villa's park, you can then stroll among fruit trees and sculptures by various artists. The villa also has a café that invites you to linger and enjoy. In the café, visitors can rent stand-up paddles (SUP) in the summer.

What you can expect

  • Changing art exhibitions by famous artists on the upper floor.
  • Sculpture garden with exhibitions of changing artists.
  • Orchard with fruits that you can harvest and taste in autumn.
  • In-house café
  • SUP-rental in summer

Places of interest: Castles and museums around Villa Schöningen

The Schloss Glienicke with its classic English park is a short walk away across the Glienicke Brücke in the Wannsee district of Berlin. The castle itself houses the Hofgärtnermuseum as well as the Schlossmuseum. There are occasional concerts held in the garden. The Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island) in the River Havel with its castle is a romantic summer residence of the Prussian Kings in the 19th century. Today, the island is a popular excursion destination with peacocks roaming free. From Wannsee train station, take the bus line 218, and a ferry takes you to the island. The Potsdam Museum invites you to experience more than 1,000 years of history through the centuries.

Recommendations for visiting Villa Schöningen

Villa Schöningen can be visited from Friday to Sunday. For the various exhibitions you buy either single or combined tickets. With the Berlin WelcomeCard, you only pay half price. Entrance to the garden is free during the museum's opening hours. Take the 316 bus to the stop Glienicke Brücke. The house offers guided tours for school groups to the history and art exhibitions. Children up to the age of 18 have free admission, as do teachers accompanying school classes.

Opening hours

Friday 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday 12:00 – 18:00
Sunday 12:00 – 18:00