The Liebermann-Villa on Lake Wannsee
Artist's House, Garden and Museum

In 1909, Max Liebermann had a summer residence built on Lake Wannsee, which he proudly called his “lakeside
palace”. It was here, away from the commotion of city life, that he found much-needed tranquillity and the principal subject matter for his late work. In this garden, covering over 7,000 m² and designed according to his own ideas, Liebermann produced more than 200 paintings.

Following the historically accurate restoration of the house and garden (between 2002 and 2006), the Liebermann Villa opened permanently to the public as a museum. Paintings, pastels and prints by the artist are exhibited on the upper level. The works created in Wannsee take centre stage: pictures of the flower terrace, the perennial garden, the birch grove and the great lawn leading down to the lake. The permanent exhibition gives visitors the unique opportunity to experience Liebermann’s works at the site of their creation, in direct proximity to the scenes they depict. Visitors need only glance out of the window to experience for themselves the floral splendour that inspired the artist.

On the ground floor, an exhibition and multimedia unit document the life of Max Liebermann and his family, and the villa’s chequered history.

Max Liebermann designed his garden with the help of the Hamburger Kunsthalle director Alfred Lichtwark. Today, the garden has been reconstructed according to their plans. Special attractions here include rare and historical plants, such as the Mexican sunflower, and the vegetable garden where cabbage, beans and tomatoes are grown, as was commonplace in Liebermann’s day. The combination of vegetable and perennial garden, characteristic of Liebermann’s garden design concept, particularly fascinates visitors today, while the colours and diversity created stimulate the senses and inspire the mind in their magnificence and beauty.

The villa’s garden terrace affords a sweeping view across the garden and Lake Wannsee. This is the perfect place to absorb the special atmosphere of Max Liebermann’s “lakeside palace” with a cake and a hot or cold beverage from Café Max.