Sometimes traveling take us places whose beauty belies its enormous history.
Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam Germany is one of these.
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.
The simple but elegant palace was built in the English Tudor style and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990.
The feeling you get here is one of peace and tranquility. School children even come to play in the meadows.
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.
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.
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.