Schloss Cecilienhof
Schloss Cecilienhof
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This historic country house is the site where Truman, Churchill and Stalin met at the famous Potsdam Conference following World War II.
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  • twowardspain
    Barbarroja, Spain205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A privilege to see.
    We don't need to repeat the history and importance of the event held at this palace, but even if you are not interested in that, it is still a beautiful place to visit. The house itself, the grounds and the lake are well worth seeing. The 12 Euro entrance fee is not the most we have paid to enter such an historic building and the audio guide included in the price was excellent. It is obviously busy, so try to time your visit well before the hour stated for closing. Buses and trams run regularly from the historic centre of Potsdam and drop you a few minutes' walk from the main gate.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Ernie H
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two visits in one
    One is the Potsdam Conference and the other for upstairs in the original rooms. We only did the former. There is a bus stop outside but we only caught the bus back as we wanted to walk through the lakeside park which followed the line of the cold war wall. A very good audio guide in English is available to describe the rooms used in the Conference and a good walk around the grounds here, must have been there over two hours. It's easy to forget that the cold war started here on what was supposed to be the start of a lasting peace. Food wasn't available at the time.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Jim T
    Windermere, Florida217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shaping the World post WWII
    Probably one of the very best tours I took while in Berlin. the audio tour gives you great in depth coverage of what and how things happened at the Potsdam Conference at the end of WWII. It is definately worth the trip from Berlin.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 8, 2023
  • PipPaul W
    Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom1,921 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic, but not "Palace" visit
    Cecilienhof may be a schloss /"Palace" and it is a delightful piece of English style architecture but a visit is about it's 1945 history - the Potsdam Conference - not about the house Firstly though, the audio guide On the plus side or is quite comprehensive, well written, suitably paced, suitably pitched But The open volume handsets are appalling. Barely had we started in room 1 than other visitors arrived playing their guide at loud volumes, each at a different stage of the narrative. Talk about a cacophony and distraction We stuck this out for a couple of rooms then noticed visitors coming through with earphones. When we returned to reception and asked for the same though we were told that they didn't have enough and only gave them to group visits. My wife, who wears hearing aids, couldn't pursuade the "Supervisor" to relent on this. Appalling! As a history lesson though it was well done
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 13, 2023
  • AquaPacifica
    Gold Coast, Australia1,522 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it by all means. Much of Germany's post war history was decided here.
    The castle is different in architecture than the rest of Potsdam and best visited after the Marmorpalais or in conjunction with it, as the last Crown Prince and his wife constructed this beautiful building as their residence for their family including their 6 children. Their living quarters and private chambers are upstairs and you can only visit via a tour. Not many people do and only visit the downstairs which is the location of the famous Potsdam conference where the US, UK, France and Russia divvied up Germany among themselves and decided on the future of some 20 million people who were displaced by the newly drawn borders of countries. It is a fascinating place with lots of information and much of the original furniture. This is where the fate of Germany and Europe was decided and the decisions made here are historically significant. The gardens and surrounding parks are stunning and worth a walk.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Impressive
    My wife and I did a quick trip here from Berlin on New Year’s Eve. We took a train to Potsdam, taxi to the Cecilienhof, and an Uber back to the train station. Ubers were not a good option at the train station as they were all 15-20 minutes away. We took a self-guided tour of the building where the Potsdam Conference meetings were held and the three leaders maintained offices. An audioguide is included in the cost of admission. It’s very informative and easy to operate. It cut off a few times but you can also read a transcription. We spent an hour here and were quite impressed. Prior to visiting I had a general understanding of the Potsdam Conference. I learned quite a bit from our visit. Definitely a must see sight if you are interested in World War 2 history.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • HLindler
    25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical, yet beautiful grounds.
    Beautiful scenic area and interesting history behind the property. It is a lot of information though. This was at the end of our trip, so we did not use the audio to our full advantage- we were just overloaded with information by this rate. However, it was nice and informative for what we did use of the audio app; there was English text too. Public transportation was very simple to get to it too. Bring Euros for the bathroom and for the storage of bags.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2024
  • Heidi L
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historically Preserved
    You can almost feel the historical power and significance. The Potsdam Conference and its place in history is perfectly contained at Cecilenhof. The surrounding New Park and the Marble Palace along the Heiliger See are wonderfully bucolic and scenic.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 7, 2024
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Mayo 3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Online states it closes at 4:30pm and last admittance is half an hour before close. I got there at 3:55 and was told i would have only 30minutes inside, i agreed as I only wanted to see one room and didnt need the audio guide, I was then directed to check in because of covid, after doing this a woman at The ticket office said the last entry is actually 3:45pm And was told to leave, so be aware of this to avoid disappointment as last admittance is supposedly 3:45pm a great disappointment after getting several trains and buses from Berlin. Gardens are pretty though
Written November 9, 2021
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,921 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Cecilienhof may be a schloss /"Palace" and it is a delightful piece of English style architecture but a visit is about it's 1945 history - the Potsdam Conference - not about the house

Firstly though, the audio guide
On the plus side or is quite comprehensive, well written, suitably paced, suitably pitched
But
The open volume handsets are appalling. Barely had we started in room 1 than other visitors arrived playing their guide at loud volumes, each at a different stage of the narrative.

Talk about a cacophony and distraction

We stuck this out for a couple of rooms then noticed visitors coming through with earphones. When we returned to reception and asked for the same though we were told that they didn't have enough and only gave them to group visits.
My wife, who wears hearing aids, couldn't pursuade the "Supervisor" to relent on this.
Appalling!
As a history lesson though it was well done
Written December 13, 2023
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NemoTraveler
Aarhus, Denmark703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Cecilienhof Country House is located in the northern part of Potsdam. There is a bus stop in front of the park and also paid parking is available.

The Country House was constructed for the Hohenzollerns and it is very beautiful situated in a large park. The House itself has a number of interesting architectural details, and it is much larger inside than it looks from the outside. It is probably best known for the summit meeting of the Allied powers after WWII in 1945.

During our visit, a special exhibition in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of meeting, the “Potsdam Conference 1945 – Shaping the World”, was on show. The exhibition was very extensive and with many interesting exhibits. Obviously, the Cecilienhof is an important historical site and with an excellent exhibition to match, this was a most rewarding visit.
Written November 13, 2021
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AquaPacifica
Gold Coast, Australia1,522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The castle is different in architecture than the rest of Potsdam and best visited after the Marmorpalais or in conjunction with it, as the last Crown Prince and his wife constructed this beautiful building as their residence for their family including their 6 children. Their living quarters and private chambers are upstairs and you can only visit via a tour. Not many people do and only visit the downstairs which is the location of the famous Potsdam conference where the US, UK, France and Russia divvied up Germany among themselves and decided on the future of some 20 million people who were displaced by the newly drawn borders of countries. It is a fascinating place with lots of information and much of the original furniture. This is where the fate of Germany and Europe was decided and the decisions made here are historically significant. The gardens and surrounding parks are stunning and worth a walk.
Written January 1, 2024
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Ernie H
Cardiff, UK2,191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
One is the Potsdam Conference and the other for upstairs in the original rooms. We only did the former. There is a bus stop outside but we only caught the bus back as we wanted to walk through the lakeside park which followed the line of the cold war wall.

A very good audio guide in English is available to describe the rooms used in the Conference and a good walk around the grounds here, must have been there over two hours. It's easy to forget that the cold war started here on what was supposed to be the start of a lasting peace.
Food wasn't available at the time.
Written November 13, 2023
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MaryannF650
Clarksville, TN1,453 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
We were so disappointed that the palace was closed. We were with a local tour guide so I would think she was knowledgeable about the palace being closed on Mondays. However, she provided us with the history of the Cecilienhof Palace, which is located in Potsdam, Brandenburg Germany, and built from 1914 to 1917 in an English Tudor style.

The palace is famous for having been the location of the Potsdam Conference in 1945 in which the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States made important decisions affecting post World War II Europe and Asia.

We also attempted to tour the garden paths but the plants were asleep for the winter. Heavy equipment were busy cutting trees.

We were able to salvage our visit with beautiful photographs.
Written December 31, 2022
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Miriam S
20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Wen you think you'll see the rooms and explore the live of the previous owners of Cecilienhof then you'l be cheated. Actually it only shows the history and the three rooms of the grand leades (Churchill, Stalin, Truman of The Potsdam Conference in 1945. Of course that was in important part in peace history after the II World War. But when the country house has 176 rooms then the public should see more of that.
Written August 29, 2022
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Heidi L
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
You can almost feel the historical power and significance. The Potsdam Conference and its place in history is perfectly contained at Cecilenhof. The surrounding New Park and the Marble Palace along the Heiliger See are wonderfully bucolic and scenic.
Written May 7, 2024
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Jim T
Windermere, FL217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Probably one of the very best tours I took while in Berlin. the audio tour gives you great in depth coverage of what and how things happened at the Potsdam Conference at the end of WWII. It is definately worth the trip from Berlin.
Written December 8, 2023
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Mike1indy
Hoboken, NJ865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
A must visit for history buffs. This is the site of the famous Potsdam conference. It was really a thrill to be at the place where Churchill, Truman and Stalin were establishing the post World War 2 order. So much history. A must see if you are visiting Potsdam.
Written September 25, 2021
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