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Cecilienhof pallace, Potsdam.

Cecilienhof, built in the New Garden from 1914-1917, was the last royal contribution to Potsdam’s cultural landscape. The 180-room English landhouse-style palace was the setting for the 1945 Potsdam Conference.


Cecilienhof was designed in style of an English country house for Crown Prince William, eldest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Crown Princess Cecilie. Construction started in 1914, and the building was completed in 1917.

The palace’s design was largely inspired by neo-Tudor style, with exposed brickwork, half-timbering and decorative chimney stacks. The mansion, with nearly 180 rooms, was designed to be occupied year-round. Its most distinctive features are its courtyards, including the Honor Court (Ehrenhof) with its carriage entrance reserved for the imperial couple. The living and reception rooms for the

After the overthrow of the Hohenzollern monarchy in 1918, an agreement between the State and the family made Cecilienhof state property, but William and Cecilie would be permitted to remain in occupation. The couple left Potsdam in 1945.

Later that year, the palace—undamaged by Allied bombs—provided the setting for the Potsdam Conference held by the victorious powers of the Second World War. In many ways, the future of Germany—and to some extent the rest of Europe—was negotiated here and the world. Much of Cecilienhof remains as it was in 1945. The conference room is as it was, its circular table ringed by chairs. Flowers still form a large red star in the entry courtyard. The offices of Stalin, Churchill and Truman—once the living quarters for the crown prince and princess—have been preserved as well, and visitors can almost feel the personalities of the people involved. Cecilenhof Palace is also the place of a hotel.

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