Potsdam is a beautiful town home to many architectural masterpieces. Among these is charming Cecilienhof Palace, where Allied leaders met during the 1945 Potsdam Conference. Other noted buildings include 18th century Sans Souci Palace, a perfect example of German rococo architecture and the Nikolai Church.
Sanssouci is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Following German reunification in 1990, the final wish of Frederick came to pass: his body was finally returned to his beloved palace and buried in a new tomb overlooking the gardens he had created.
The palace was the scene of the Potsdam Conference from 17 July to 2 August 1945, at which the victorious Allied leaders met to decide the future of Germany and postwar Europe in general.
The Allies thought that this surprise would make Stalin feel good. Well, it drew the only smile they saw on his face during the conference. The star is replanted every year since the Conference.
The Allies met with Stalin in the room behind these windows...to carve out Europe.