April 23, 2014

Historic Cecilienhof Palace

Sometimes traveling take us places whose beauty belies its enormous history.

Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam Germany is one of these.

Cecilienhof Palace Potsdam Germany

Cecilienhof Palace was the last palace built (from 1914 to 1917) by the Hohenzollern Dynasty and is beautifully placed in the northern part of the Neuer Garten, where views include a lake and the Kings Forest.

 

Outside Cecilienhof Palace Potsdam Germany

The simple but elegant palace was built in the English Tudor style and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990.

 

Views from Cecilienhof Palace Potsdam Germany

The feeling you get here is one of peace and tranquility.  School children even come to play in the meadows.

 

Cecilienhof Palace Courtyard Potsdam Germany

It’s so peaceful that it’s hard to imagine the gravity of the meeting that took place here in 1945.  In attendance at the Potsdam Conference were Churchill, Truman and Stalin, world leaders who would make history and change the face of Germany for decades to come.


Stalins Star Cecilienhof Palace Potsdam Germany

The center point of this beautiful courtyard are flowers in a red star design, Stalin’s Star, which were planted in 1945 by Soviet soldiers.


Cecilienof Palace Potsdam Germany

As I wandered the grounds I kept thinking “If only these walls could talk.  What would they say?”

 

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Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people at the PotsdamTourist Office!  For more information please contact either organization or visit their websites.  Even though my trip was paid for by these organizations, all opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. Leigh says:

    I love imagining what went on behind the four walls. We were in Ecuador and stayed at a place where Simon Bolivar had stayed and you could just feel the history oozing from the building. You sure covered a lot of ground on this trip.
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  2. Lisa says:

    Such a beautiful place with so much interesting history! I love to visit places that have historical significance – it makes what I’ve read seem that much more real – and this doesn’t look at all like how I had the palace pictured.
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  3. I love tudor style homes! I would love to take a peek inside. Is it open to the public?
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Yes it is open for touring and is one regret I have from my visit. . . there wasn’t time for a visit inside!

  4. That would be my question, too — what stories could these walls tell? I get goose bumps in places like this thinking about the historic events that took place. Surprising to me that it was built in Tudor style. Have other German palaces had that kind of design?
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..Art and the Wild West

  5. Stalin’s star is quite pretty. When I first looked at our photo, I didn’t realize it had any significance. I just thought it was a nice design. I also find it interesting that it’s Tudor style, not something more Germanic.
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  6. A lot of history here, Debbie. I love the grounds and the building — the perfect place for such a historic meeting.
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  7. This is a surprise. I was expecting more towers and spires, not a palace in the style of an English tudor house with beautiful grounds. What a gorgeous place to visit
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