Cecilienhof Palace

The Historic Site of the Potsdam Conference

Information regarding COVID-19

As a preventive measure to contain the Coronavirus disease (CORVID-19), the palaces as well as Peacock Island will remain temporarily closed from 13 March to 19 April 2020. No events will take place during this period.

The costs for online tickets, purchased during this period, will be refunded automatically according to the payment method used for your order. We ask you for some patience due to the high number of requests.

Further information

Cecilienhof Palace, 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 Palace.
The palace’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 palace 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 palace’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 palace’s history.

In the course of the Potsdam Conference, the palace’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 Palace 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 Palace
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

Winter Season | November to March
Valid: 01.11.2019 - 31.03.2020
Monday closed
Tuesday  - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:30
Summer Season | April 1st – 26th
Valid: 01.04.2020 - 26.04.2020
Monday closed
Tuesday  - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

last admission 5 p.m.

Special Exhibition »Potsdam Conference 1945 – Shaping the World«
Valid: 01.05.2020 - 01.11.2020
Monday closed
Tuesday  - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

last admission 4:45 p.m.

Palace: Both guided tours and audio guides are available.

Private Apartments of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess
Can be viewed with a guided tour | Guided tours: 10, 12, 14, 16

On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.
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Admission Prices

Historic Site of the Potsdam Conference

incl. guided tour or audio guide

Price : 10.00 reduced : 7.00

Private Apartments of the crown prince

Can be viewed with a guided tour

Price : 8.00 reduced : 6.00

Cecilienhof Palace / Private Apartments of the crown prince Combined Ticket

Valid for one day

Price : 12.00 reduced : 8.00

Cecilienhof Palace / Marble Palace Combined Ticket

Valid for one day; May – October

Price : 16.00 reduced : 12.00

Cecilienhof Palace / Belvedere on Pfingstberg Combined Ticket

Valid for one day; May, 1 – Nov, 1
On sale at Cecilienhof Palace and Belvedere registers; as well at the Visitor Centers at the Historic Windmill and at the New Palace.

Price : 16.00 reduced : 12.00

sanssouci+ Ticket

Valid for a single visit to all the SPSG palaces in Potsdam open to the public on one day, incl. a fixed admission time slot for viewing Sanssouci Palace. (Not valid for Sacrow Palace and Stern Hunting Lodge. In the Belvedere on Potsdam’s Pfingstberg, ticket owners are granted the reduced rate. Not valid for special exhibitions, although some exceptions may apply). On sale at all palace registers, at the visitor centers and online.

Price : 19.00 reduced : 14.00

sanssouci+ Family Ticket

Valid for a single visit to all the SPSG palaces in Potsdam open to the public on one day, incl. a fixed admission time slot for viewing Sanssouci Palace. (Not valid for Sacrow Palace and Stern Hunting Lodge. In the Belvedere on Potsdam’s Pfingstberg, ticket owners are granted the reduced rate. Not valid for special exhibitionss although some exceptions apply.) Valid for up to 2 adults and up to 4 children belonging to the same family aged 18 or younger. On sale at all palace registers and at the visitor centers.

Price : 49.00

Potsdam Family Tickets

Valid for a single visit to all the SPSG palaces in Potsdam open to the public on one day, except Sanssouci Palace. Not valid for the Belvedere on Potsdam’s Pfingstberg, Sacrow Palace and Stern Hunting Lodge.
Valid for up to 2 adults and up to 4 children (aged 18 or younger). On sale at all palace registers and at the visitor centers.

Price : 25.00

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