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From 1914-17, during World War I, architect Paul Schulze Naumburg built Cecilienhof Palace in the style of an English country villa. It was the permanent residence of Crown Prince William.
© L. Seidel / SPSG

Cecilienhof Palace in the New Garden

Seventy years after the meeting of World War II’s three main Allies to reorganise Europe, Cecilienhof Palace remains a significant site of world politics and a place of great interest for visitors from around the globe.

World history was written at Cecilienhof Palace in the summer of 1945. Following the end of fighting in Europe, World War II’s three main Allies met here to discuss the continent's reorganisation and Germany's future. The results of this conference, officially known as the “Three Power Conference of Berlin,” were laid out in the Potsdam Agreement and the Potsdam Declaration.

The permanent exhibition in Cecilienhof Palace presents a wealth of historical photographs and multilayered information (in German and English) at its authentic location, allowing a vivid image of events surrounding the conference (from July 17–August 2, 1945) to come to life. The decisions of the Potsdam Protocol are presented directly at the site in which they were negotiated in 1945—by Churchill followed by Attlee, Truman, and Stalin—in the Conference Hall, the centrepiece of Cecilienhof‘s historical memorial, with its famous round table.

An audio guide enhances a visit to the exhibition. Among other original recordings, statements by Churchill, Truman, and Stalin can be heard. The audio guide is available in eleven languages: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

In addition to the political events of 1945, the exhibition delves into the palace's construction and the history of its former residents: Crown Prince William (1882–1951) and Crown Princess Cecilie (1886–1954) of Prussia, for whom Cecilienhof Palace was built from 1913-17. The royal couple lived at the palace until February 1945.

Many World Heritage sites are temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check official websites for more information.


Cecilienhof Palace in the New Garden


January – March:
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:30

April 1. - 19.:
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

May - November 1.:
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

November 6. - December:
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:30
On public holidays, weekend opening hours apply unless otherwise stated.

Visits to Cecilienhof Palace in the New Garten are bound to fixed admission times. Same-day tickets are available for purchase at palace registers as of 10 am. Because the number of admission tickets per day is limited, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance through the SPSG online ticket shop.

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: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00

The exhibition is open despite the current construction and restoration measures!

Exhibition areas are wheelchair accessible.


sanssouci+ Ticket
Price: € 19.00 Reduced: € 14.00
Buy tickets online

sanssouci+ Family Ticket
Price: € 49.00

Annual Pass for the Palaces
Price: € 60.00 reduced: € 40.00

sanssouci+ Ticket and sanssouci+ Family Ticket are valid for one visit to all of the SPSG palaces in Potsdam, including Sanssouci Palace, on a single day (special exhibitions are excluded such as exhibition Potsdam Conference 1945, Cecilienhof Palace, 1 May to 1 November 2020). In the Belvedere Pfingstberg, ticket owners are granted the reduced rate. When purchasing a ticket sanssouci+ Online a fixed admission time (time-slot) in Sanssouci Palace is booked.