Schloss Cecilienhof, Potsdam

Schloss Cecilienhof, Potsdam (must see)

Schloss Cecilienhof is a palace in the northern part of the Neuer Garten park in Potsdam, close to the Jungfernsee lake. It has been part of the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.

Cecilienhof was the last palace built by the Hohenzollern family. Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany had it erected for his son, Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, and the crown prince's wife Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The house was designed by Paul Schultze-Naumburg to look like an English Tudor country house and built between 1914 and 1917. Its design was based on a house called 'Bidston Court' (later 'Hillbark') on the Wirral Peninsula, which in turn was inspired by Little Moreton Hall. The interior was furnished according to plans by Paul Troost, who originally had designed steamship décors.

Cecilienhof was the location of the Potsdam Conference between 17 July and 2 August 1945. The rooms had been largely refurnished to match the taste of the participants. Winston Churchill, later Clement Attlee, Joseph Stalin and Harry S. Truman met at the round table in the great hall. On 26 July 1945 Churchill and Truman issued the Potsdam Declaration defining the terms for Japanese surrender, while Truman had already given order to prepare the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Today Cecilienhof is a museum as well as a hotel. Queen Elizabeth II visited Cecilienhof on 3 November 2004. On 30 May 2007, the palace was used for the G8 foreign ministers summit.

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Schloss Cecilienhof
Sight Location: Potsdam, Germany
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Tour of Potsdam's Neuer Garten  

Walking Tours in Potsdam, Germany

City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Potsdam is practically an open-air museum. The number of monuments, sculptures and historic buildings on display is endless. Due to its important place in the history of Prussia, the city boasts a multitude of immortalized witnesses of that period in the form of statues, all very well preserved. Take this tour and discover Potsdam's most popular attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Nightlife Tour of Potsdam

Nightlife Tour of Potsdam

Potsdam offers a wide range of nightlife opportunities, and a great number of nightclubs and bars remain open until sunrise. The music styles may differ, but you will find the same friendly attitude everywhere you go. Take this tour to discover the most popular nightlife spots in Potsdam.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Tour of Potsdam's Sanssouci Park , Part 2

Tour of Potsdam's Sanssouci Park , Part 2

The famous 290-hectare Sanssouci Park is home to some of the most significant structures built during the reign of Frederick the Great. All the historic buildings are surrounded by beautiful gardens and greenery. Take this tour to discover the most noteworthy landmarks situated at the west entrance of Sanssouci Park.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Tour of Potsdam's Neuer Garten

Tour of Potsdam's Neuer Garten

Neuer Garten (New Garden) was founded at the behest of Friedrich William II in 1787. It was "new" compared to the already established Sanssouci Park. This beautiful garden lies on more than 100 hectares of land and houses wonderful historic buildings. Take this tour to discover the famous architecture found in Potsdam's Neuer Garten.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Cultural Tour of Potsdam

Cultural Tour of Potsdam

Potsdam is the capital of the Brandenburg Federal State of Germany and is a city with a rich cultural life. Explore the city's famous museums and art galleries, cinemas, concert halls and theaters, and enjoy an exhibition or performance by a German artist. Take this tour to discover the most interesting and notable cultural venues in Potsdam.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Tour of Potsdam's Places of Worship

Tour of Potsdam's Places of Worship

Potsdam is the capital of Brandenburg State in Germany. It one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is the jewel of Germany. It is a city with a great history and world-renowned landmarks. Its churches and mosques are true architectural masterpieces. Take this tour to discover the most beautiful and distinctive places of worship in Potsdam.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km