Cecilienhof Palace

A Hohenzollern Palace and the Historic Site of the Potsdam Conference

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.

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.”

14th Potsdam Palace Run – Advice for Palace Visitors

On Sunday, June 11, 2017, the 14th Pro Potsdam Palace Run takes place in Potsdam. The run starts at 9.00 a.m. and ends around 12:30 p.m. Considerable traffic obstructions in the entire urban area of Potsdam are to be expected. If you plan to visit the Prussian Palaces & Gardens on that day – especially if you’re visiting with a ticket including a fixed entrance time –, please allow for enough time to cross the city upon arrival! Detailed information about the race, route plans and police-controlled passing points can be found at www.potsdam-marathon.de.

Address

Cecilienhof Palace
Im Neuen Garten 11
D-14469 Potsdam

How to get there

Parkplätze:
Besucherparkplatz in Schlossnähe.

Opening Hours

April – October

Valid 01.04.2017 - 31.10.2017
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

Pentecost (05.06.2017) 10:00 - 18:00

Long Weekend, Monday (02.10.2017) 10:00 - 18:00

Long Weekend, Monday (30.10.2017) 10:00 - 18:00

November / December

Valid 01.11.2017 - 31.12.2017
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

Christmas Eve (24.12.2017) closed

Christmas Day (25.12.2017) closed

Christmas Holiday (26.12.2017) 10:00 - 17:00

New Year's Eve (31.12.2017) 10:00 - 14:00

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

Palace: Both guided tours and audio guides are available.

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

Admission Prices / Group Offers

Single Ticket

Price: 6.00 € reduced: 5.00 €

Cecilienhof Palace / Marble Palace Combined Ticket

Valid for one day; May – October

Price: 8.00 € reduced: 6.00 €

Cecilienhof Palace / Belvedere on Pfingstberg Combined Ticket

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

Price: 8.00 € reduced: 6.00 €

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 (plus 2 euros service charge).

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 €

Photo Permit for the Palaces

Valid for one day for all palaces.
Only for private use. Not for publication.
No flash, no tripods.

Price: 3.00 €

Individual price incl. the private Apartments of the crown prince and crown princess

with guided tour

Private apartments of the crown prince (does not include the palace)
Price: 4.00 € reduced: 3.00 €
Can only be viewed with a guided tour.

Contact & Booking

SPSG | Visitor's Information
info(at)spsg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200
SPSG | Group Service
Postfach 60 14 62
14414 Potsdam, Germany
gruppenservice(at)spsg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 331.96 94-222
Fax: +49 (0) 331.96 94-107

Accessibility

  • wheelchair access with assistance

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.

Additional Offers

  • Audio Guide German
  • Audio Guide English
  • Audio Guide French
  • Audio Guide Italian
  • Audio Guide Spanish
  • Audio Guide Polish
  • Audio Guide Russian
  • Audio Guide Hebrew
  • Audio Guide Japanese
  • Audio Guide Chinese
  • Audio Guide Korean

Dining

In the surroundings you will find the following dining options

Café Cecilie in the Palace courtyard
Tue - Sun 10 a.m. - 6 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.