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Villa Hammerschmidt

Amtssitz Villa Hammerschmidt 10 February 2011 Amtssitz Villa Hammerschmidt

The Villa Hammerschmidt in Bonn has been the Federal President’s official residence since 1950. Situated on the banks of the Rhine next door to the Palais Schaumburg, the Federal Chancellor’s office in Bonn, the Villa is right at the heart of the old Federal capital. Over more than 40 years as the Federal President’s primary official residence, the Villa Hammerschmidt became a symbol of the fledgling democracy that was the Federal Republic of Germany. State guests, politicians, artists, writers and representatives of all areas of society have gathered there.

In 1994, Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker decided to move the head of state’s main residence to Schloss Bellevue in Berlin. Since then, the Villa Hammerschmidt has been the secondary official residence of the Federal President. When the President is in residence, the presidential standard is hoisted on the roof of the building.