Other Royal Sights in Potsdam
Just north of the old town is the Neues Garten (New Garden), the first English landscape garden in Prussia, which houses the last palace constructed by the Hohenzollern family. Schloss Cecilienhof was built during the First World War for the last German Crown Prince Wilhelm and his wife Cecilie. However, the palace, in the style of an English country house, is most famous as the site of the historic Potsdam conference where Harry Truman, Winston Churchill (soon to be replaced by Clement Atlee), and Josef Stalin decided the fate of Germany at the end of World War II. The three leaders only met here; they stayed in three separate villas along the nearby Lake Griebnitz.
Also in the park is the small square Marmorpalais (Marble Palace). Friedrich Wilhelm II commissioned this summer residence in 1787, as he considered himself unworthy to stay in Frederick the Great’s Schloss Sanssouci. The richly decorated early classical interior was only completed in 1845, almost half a century after his death. A large Wedgwood collection is on display.
Park Babelsberg is another large English- style landscaped park with royal residences. Schloss Babelsberg was built as a summer residence for Crown Prince Wilhelm, later King of Prussia and Emperor of Germany. His favored residence, used for more than 50 years, it is built in the style of an English castle and country house. The interior is Neo-Gothic, as was favored during the mid-19th century in Germany.
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