Cecilienhof Country House

The Historic Site of the Potsdam Conference

Cecilienhof Country House is open

Cecilienhof Country House is open for visitors for the exhibition "Potsdam Conference 1945 – Shaping the World". Please note that group registrations cannot be accepted until further notice.

Plan your visit: We recommend you to purchase your tickets online at https://tickets.spsg.de. They can currently be booked until July 12, 2020. During museums visits, all official health protection regulations apply (SARS-CoV-2 “Containment Regulations”). Please take note of on-site signs and markers as well as of instructions from staff in order to comply with the hygiene and distance regulations. The maximum number of visitors is limited. Disinfection options are available. Wearing protection over one’s mouth and nose (e.g. a mask) is mandatory. Click here to see which further Palaces are open.

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Cecilienhof Country House, built from 1913–17 according to plans by Paul Schultze in the style of a country manor, was the last palace erected by the Hohenzollerns. Emperor William II had the residence constructed for his oldest son, Crown Prince William. Until 1945 it was the home of the crown prince and princess, William and Cecilie of Prussia, who had previously resided in the Marble House.
The country house’s appearance was adapted to the natural surroundings through the use of traditional materials such as brick and wood. It fits beautifully into the northern part of the New Garden, which was created at the end of the 18th century in style of an English landscape garden.

To play down the true dimensions of the 176-room structure, the architect cleverly grouped its individual building components around several courtyards. The middle point of the country house is its large living room, which is entered through a vestibule and leads to the royal couple’s adjacent ceremonial rooms. Its massive, carved wooden staircase provides access to the upper story. The coutry house’s grand interiors include an area for the crown prince with a smoking lounge, library and breakfast room, as well as a personal realm for Cecilie with a music salon, writing room and parlor.

From July 17 to August 2, 1945, the summit meeting of World War II’s victorious powers took place here, attended by the “Big Three” – the American president Harry S. Truman, the British prime minister Winston Churchill (followed by his successor Clement Attlee), and the Soviet head of state Joseph Stalin.

The Potsdam Conference was one the most important historical events of the 20th century. It is seen around the world as a symbol of the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, which led to the division of Europe and the erection of the Berlin Wall. The Potsdam Agreement adopted at Cecilienhof laid the groundwork for a new order in Germany, Europe, and the world after World War II. The border installations that stood not far from the building from 1961 to 1989 were an indirect result of the Potsdam Conference and thus also a part of the house’s history.

In the course of the Potsdam Conference, the house’s main rooms were refurnished and the red star installed in its court of honor.

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The Seal of European Cultural Heritage

In 2011, Cecilienhof Country House was awarded the European Cultural Heritage Seal. The palace is a member of the Network of Places and Sites of the “Iron Curtain.”

Address

Cecilienhof Country House
Im Neuen Garten 11
14469 Potsdam

How to get there

Public Transportation

Stop "Potsdam, Schloss Cecilienhof"

vbb-online | Timetable information »

Parking

Paid parking spaces for cars and buses near the palace.

Opening Hours

Special Exhibition »Potsdam Conference 1945 – Shaping the World«
Valid: 23.06.2020 - 31.10.2020
Monday closed
Tuesday  - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

last admission 4:45 p.m.

 

Valid: 01.11.2020 - 31.12.2020
Monday closed
Tuesday  - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:30

last admission 3:45 p.m.

 

On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.
Overview of opening hours and holidays »

Admission Prices

Special Exhibition »Potsdam Conference 1945 – Shaping the World«

May 01, 2020 to  November 01, 2020
Combination tickets see Exhibition site >

SINGLE TICKET

Price : 14.00 reduced : 10.00

Annual Pass for the Palaces

Valid for all SPSG palaces open to the public incl. special exhibitions, for one year after date of issue (except Sacrow Palace, Stern Hunting Lodge; in the Belvedere on Potsdam’s Pfingstberg, ticket owners are granted the reduced rate). Including discounts in museum shops and selected restaurants. Non-transferable. On sale at all palace registers and visitor centers.

Price : 60.00 reduced : 40.00

Contact

SPSG | Visitor's Information
Visitor's Center at the Historic Windmill in Sanssouci Park
An der Orangerie 1
14469 Potsdam
(Closed Mondays)

Visitor's Center at the New Palace in Sanssouci Park
Am Neuen Palais 3
14469 Potsdam
(Closed Tuedays)
info@spsg.de
Phone: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200
SPSG | Gruppenservice
contact form for booking requests
gruppenservice@spsg.de
Phone: 0331.96 94-222
Fax: 0331.96 94-107

Accessibility

    The exhibition rooms depicting the "Potsdam Conference" are wheelchair accessible. The Crown Prince's Apartment on the first floor is unfortunately not accessible for wheelchair users.

    For conservation reasons, it is unfortunately not possible to use prams / baby strollers in the exhibition rooms.

    Luggage storage

    Please note: No luggage or baggage may be left in the entrance area of the palace for security and safety reasons.
    Unfortunately, there are no facilities for storing larger pieces of luggage or similar baggage on the premises of this historical site. We appreciate your understanding.

    A limited number of lockers are available for smaller pieces of baggage (up to 35 x 35 x 50 cm) in Glienicke Palace.

    Dining

    In the surroundings you will find the following dining options

    Café Cecilie in the Palace courtyard
    Sat & Sun 12 noon - 5 p.m.

    Meierei im Neuen Garten
    Brewery & Inn directly on the shores of Jungfernsee

    Pandoras Café
    in the Orangery of the New Garden,
    open during the summer season (July 1st - September 15th)
    daily, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Impressions

    360 degree panorama