Königs Wusterhausen – Prussian memorial sites

Prussian places of memory
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The Great Elector acquired the castle of Königs Wusterhausen in 1682 for his son Frederick I, who gave it in turn to his son Frederick William I, who became known as the “Soldier King”.
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  • Schloss Königs Wusterhausen, Foto: Petra Förster, Lizenz: TV Dahme-Seenland
  • Schloss Königs Wusterhausen, Foto: Kulturland Brandenburg 2012, Foto: Jürgen Hohmuth/zeitort.de
Frederick William I and Königs Wusterhausen Castle

Königs Wusterhausen was the Frederick William I’s favourite place. Every year from August to November, he would freely indulge in his passions here: Hunting, eating and drinking. Every evening, Frederick William I would convene his famous Tobacco Cabinet, when policy matters were decided in a social setting, amidst plenty of coarse jokes.

Frederick II: “God preserve me from Wusterhausen”

For Crown Prince Frederick and his favourite sister Wilhelmina, Wusterhausen castle was a “Purgatory” where they were exposed to the moods of their father and didn’t even get enough to eat. This is also said to have been the place where the King signed the death warrant for Katte, who had helped his son Frederick to escape. Frederick II had no good memories of the place where he had spent part of his unhappy childhood and preferred to devote himself to expanding Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. “God preserve me from Wusterhausen”, he wrote in 1733.

The King’s Pictures

The castle of Königs Wusterhausen, administered by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg, can be viewed as part of a guided tour. Visitors are given an authentic glimpse into the living conditions and the world of artistic creativity in Brandenburg-Prussia in the first half of the 18th century. The 40 pictures painted by Frederick William XY I himself have a charm all their own.
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The Great Elector acquired the castle of Königs Wusterhausen in 1682 for his son Frederick I, who gave it in turn to his son Frederick William I, who became known as the “Soldier King”.
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  • Schloss Königs Wusterhausen, Foto: Petra Förster, Lizenz: TV Dahme-Seenland
  • Schloss Königs Wusterhausen, Foto: Kulturland Brandenburg 2012, Foto: Jürgen Hohmuth/zeitort.de
Frederick William I and Königs Wusterhausen Castle

Königs Wusterhausen was the Frederick William I’s favourite place. Every year from August to November, he would freely indulge in his passions here: Hunting, eating and drinking. Every evening, Frederick William I would convene his famous Tobacco Cabinet, when policy matters were decided in a social setting, amidst plenty of coarse jokes.

Frederick II: “God preserve me from Wusterhausen”

For Crown Prince Frederick and his favourite sister Wilhelmina, Wusterhausen castle was a “Purgatory” where they were exposed to the moods of their father and didn’t even get enough to eat. This is also said to have been the place where the King signed the death warrant for Katte, who had helped his son Frederick to escape. Frederick II had no good memories of the place where he had spent part of his unhappy childhood and preferred to devote himself to expanding Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. “God preserve me from Wusterhausen”, he wrote in 1733.

The King’s Pictures

The castle of Königs Wusterhausen, administered by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg, can be viewed as part of a guided tour. Visitors are given an authentic glimpse into the living conditions and the world of artistic creativity in Brandenburg-Prussia in the first half of the 18th century. The 40 pictures painted by Frederick William XY I himself have a charm all their own.
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Schlossplatz 1

15711 Königs Wusterhausen

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Tourismusverband Dahme Seenland e.V.

Bahnhofsvorplatz 5
15711 Königs Wusterhausen

Tel.: +49 (0) 3375-252025

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