Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee

Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee

Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee
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Robert T
London, UK25 contributions
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Sep 2020
If the weather is sunny, and you fancy a few hours outside the city, then a visit to Wannsee and the Liebermann villa is to be highly recommended. Max Liebermann was one of Germany's foremost painters in the early part of the twentieth century. The villa and its garden was built for him, completed 1910. Take the S7 to Wannsee station, and then either 20 minutes walk, or 2 stops on the bus, brings you to the property. 10 euros entrance (September 2020). There are a dozen or so of his paintings on display. There are also displays (in english and german) on the (jewish) family, the house, and the garden. The garden, which has been restored to how it was when the Liebermann family lived there, runs down to the lake. It is a joy. Coffee on the terrace is wonderful. The villa is one of many fine houses on the banks of the Wannsee lake and surrounding waterways. Lakes cruises of 1.5 hours duration are well worth doing. Boats leave from the jetty some 5 minutes walk from the S bahn; on the way to the Liebermann villa.
Written September 19, 2020
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NemoTraveler
Aarhus, Denmark703 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Couples
The museum is situated in a villa at Wannsee, an upscale Berlin suburb located at the banks of the beautiful Lake Wannsee. It is possible to reach the museum by S train to the Wannsee station and a bus stop is also near the villa. If you arrive by car it should be noted that parking in front of the villa is very limited.

The villa dates from 1910 and was owned by Max Liebermann, a Berlin native, famous painter, and president of the Prussian Academy of Arts. In 1927 he was even declared an honorary citizen of Berlin. Liebermann was a Jew and after the 1933 laws he was forced to leave his posts and the Nazis later took over his villa.

The Max Liebermann Society was founded in 1995 and re-opened the villa as a museum in 2006. Although most of Liebermann’s own works were lost, the Society has done a great job in creating this museum, which focuses on both Liebermann’s family, life, and works. The historical garden at the banks of the lake is beautiful and is definitely worth seeing. A nice café on the terrace is also available.

Written September 17, 2023
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Wendler-Philipp
Berlin, Germany1,528 contributions
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The Max-Liebermann-Company bought the house in 2002. Telling the history of a brilliant jewish impressionistic painter. Liebermann died in 1935 and his wife owned the estate until she committed suicide in 1942. Although the house has a very different history (serving as a hospital for a period of time) it has been refurbished by the MLCo. This is certainly one of the fabulous estates bordering Wannsee! While walking through the House you can experience the painters feeling (not only by looking at his lovely painting which are presented to you in every corner), but by thinking back to the 1920s and 30s. There is an atelier at the top floor looking over the area. While there are security guards to ask everywhere if you have questions, there is a room with a short film that tells the story of this house. Further you have a wonderful garden which contains so many details. There is also a cozy pavilion near the water and a jetty to the sea. There is also a little cafe at the ground floor. This attraction might sometimes be crowded.
Written July 18, 2014
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Leah 💜
Halifax, West Yorks243 contributions
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We went in here by mistake thinking it was the Wannsee Villa Konferenz (Place where final solution was signed) but it wasnt and we paid 6 euro in. Even if we had liked art it was tiny and not worth going in!
Written November 4, 2009
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Torrs
Devizes, UK125 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Friends
We then took the bus to Liebermann Villa am Wannsee. Such an interesting house and garden and such a tragic end of it all. There are paintings of Max Liebermann exhibited in his house

The recreated gardens are amazing and serve as a living example for Impressionist painting. Liebermann painted different aspects of his garden, fewer than 200 of his works survived. It is very sad that there is virtually nothing left of the interior of the house, the house having been forcibly sold by Leibermann’s widow, Martha to the Nazi regime.
Written July 16, 2018
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Lori J
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Oct 2016 • Family
The grounds alone make it worth a visit. The history of Max Lieberman and his family, as well as his art, make the villa well worth visiting. Set on the edge of Wannsee, it is like stepping back 100 years. Inside, you will see the villa as closely recreated to the Liebermanns home as history has permitted. Overall, a lovely, somewhat haunting experience, given what Liebermann and his wife went through at the end of their lives.
Written November 27, 2016
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Holger L
Frankfurt, Germany10 contributions
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Mar 2016 • Couples
The Liebermann-Villa is the place where Liebermann lived and painted in the summer months in the last 30 years of his life. You get an Impression of his personal Lifestyle and German history. The upstair section of the Villa houses many of his paintings and a changing Exhibition.
Written March 11, 2016
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Sandy S
Albuquerque, NM1,018 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Couples
From where we were staying in Berlin's city center, we headed out on a Ssunday afternoon via the U Bahn and S Bahn for Wannsee to experience the summer weekend scene and see the summer villa of German Impressionist Max Liebermann, which had organized an exhibit comparing Liebermann’s work with Vincent van Gogh’s. Taking the local bus from the Wannsee S Bahn station, we made the mistake of disembarking at the first stop that sported a sign for the Liebermann-Villa, rather than staying onboard and getting out right in front of the villa. This entailed walking another two kilometers along the narrow one-way road circling the lake. Although our hike afforded a view of the sailboats, as well as the backsides of various yacht clubs, we were footsore by the time we reached the painter’s lovely lakeside house and garden.

At the entrance, a bookshop with ticket desk, we learned that the number of people at a time that would be allowed into the upstairs, where the well-publicized exhibit comparing Liebermann and Van Gogh was hung, was strictly controlled. We could enjoy the downstairs of the villa and the garden but would have to wait more than two hours to see the show. Since we had been more interested in the house and its setting, we accepted our assigned time but decided we would probably pass on the show. We welcomed the shady benches in the garden, which I enjoyed exploring, seeing how the landscapers had incorporated pole beans, chard, artichokes and other vegetables with the enormous dahlias and other flowers. We toured the ground floor, which contained little except photographs and some sketches the artist had made as studies for larger works. None of the original furniture was there – in fact, no furniture to speak of at all. Then we strolled through the line of birch trees leading back to the lake and walked back through the formal rose garden.

Except for the hip-roofed building itself and the birches, none of this was original. Everything one sees at the villa has been reconstructed based on photographs. After Liebermann, who was Jewish, died in 1935, his widow was forced to sell the villa to the Nazis five years later. They used it as some sort of training camp or school for young Nazi women. They took out the original gardens. In 1951, it was returned to the family as part of reparations; but the artist’s heirs sold it to the city of Berlin in 1958. A local hospital used the villa as a surgery center. Next, it became a scuba diving club. It wasn’t until 1997 that the Berlin House of Representatives okayed turning it into a museum devoted to Liebermann and his work.

Although our tickets for the Liebermann-Van Gogh exhibit were not valid until 5:40, the docent let us upstairs early. The exhibit was mildly interesting, in that it juxtaposed the two artists’ treatments of the same or similar subject matter drawn from Dutch country life – e.g., a weaver at his loom, a woman sewing by a window, peasants at work in the field. However, because Van Gogh and Liebermann never met, the case for the latter influencing the former, let alone the two artists influencing each other, was fragile. A half hour was all that was required for a good look at all 40 paintings and a scan of the accompanying text.
Written August 4, 2015
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Ken_LAF
Lafayette, IN185 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Friends
Friends in Potsdam took us here to see the gardens and enjoy the art. The second floor of the house is a small gallery with some beautiful works. Not crowded and you get to view the pieces in rooms where they might have been painted. Very intimate. The gardens are mostly restored - the lakefront still has holdover piers and boats from the days as a sports club - so not completely back to the Liebermann era - but still very nice.

The house and gardens are a nice break from the busier attractions that Potsdam offers. If you're not into art - go for the house, lake and gardens (maybe drink some wine). If you're into art, go for the same things but add the bonus of an intimate, nearly private exhibition of select Liebermann works.
Written October 10, 2013
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Tom S
Munich, Germany177 contributions
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Jun 2013 • Couples
It's a special treat to visit the house that an artist built for himself to live in. Liebermann's villa on the Wannsee is no exception. He put a lot of thought into both the garden and house the result tranquil whether inside it's walls or sitting on one of the many benches at the vantage points he created or drinking coffee on the veranda overlooking the lake. Inside is an excellent exhibition of paintings by Liebermann and those that influenced him: Millet, Degas, Monet, Manet. A varied assortment of devices are employed to infrom the visitor in a relaxed fashion. One room has computers set up with various videos that one can watch, the rooms introduce the topic with informative text and the pictures contain further descriptions. A video show on the upper flooer invites one to sit down for a while and listen on the thoughtfully provided wireless headphones. Outside the west garden has the vegetable garden and the east has roses, 3 formal hedged in areas and a birch copse. The dock cleverly creates a biotope with water lilies. Highly recommended.
Written June 29, 2013
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