Schloss Cecilienhof Hotel and Museum
Although "Schloss" (also spelled "Schloß") is German for "castle" or "palace," Schloss Cecilienhof's half-timbered construction gives it the look of a large but unpretentious country house.
Because I visited in March, I wasn't able to see whether the gardener in charge of the star-shaped flowerbed subscribed to the motto "Better dead than red."
A wooded park surrounds the palace. This photo shows a view from a guest room at the back of the Schlosshotel Cecilienhof; rooms on the front face the Havel River. (The picture was taken on a gloomy day in late winter; the wooded setting is much prettier from spring through early fall.)
Here, you can see the side of the palace that faces the Havel River. During the GDR era, a wall (similar to the Berlin Wall) ran across the lawn between the Schloss Cecilienhof and the water. The wall was torn down after the collapse of the East German regime.
Inside the Relaxa Schlosshotel Cecilienhof, a corridor runs around the courtyard, with leaded-glass windows offering views to hotel guests as they leave their rooms.
Guest rooms at the Schlosshotel are comfortable and a bit old-fashioned, with large bathrooms and plenty of light.
The restaurant has its own entrance, though you can reach it from inside the hotel.
The restaurant (which also serves as a breakfast room) is paneled in carved wood, with a large fireplace, heavy tables, and upholstered armchairs. It has the atmosphere of a royal hunting lodge.
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