Bike Touring Highlight
Castle Cecilienhof in Potsdam
Cecilienhof Castle is located in the northern part of an approximately 74-acre park, the "Great New Garden" between the Jungfernsee and the sacred lake in Potsdam. This large property was acquired in 1783 for the construction of a summer residence of Friedrich Wilhelm I. The construction of this imposing castle, which was built in the typical English country house style, however, began only in 1913 and was completed in 1916. The construction of this magnificent castle with 176 rooms, which was built mainly of wood and bricks, cost Kaiser Wilhelm II about eight million gold marks. Cecilienhof Castle was finally used by Crown Prince Wilhelm von Hohenzollern, who resided here. This splendid building was named after its wife, the crown princess Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Castle Cecilienhof owes its historical fame to the "Potsdam Conference", which took place from 17.7.1945 to 2.8.1945 here and the final signing of the "Potsdam Agreement". Renowned representatives of the four victorious powers of the Second World War decided in the rooms of Schloss Cecilienhof the division of Germany and the formation of a central government. This important piece of history is now dedicated to an exhibition in the former "conference room". You can also visit the rest of the workrooms of Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill in their original condition. Soviet soldiers planted the lawn of the court of honor with a red star of flowers that can be seen from afar.