Villa Hammerschmidt, Bonn

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Hammerschmidt Villa (German: Villa Hammerschmidt) is a villa located in the German city of Bonn that served as the primary official seat and primary official residence of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1950 until 1994. President Richard von Weizsäcker made Bellevue Palace in Berlin his primary official seat and residence in 1994. In German, the Villa is also called the "White House of Bonn", and served as a political symbol of West Germany and its capital Bonn. Since 1994, the Hammerschmidt Villa has been the secondary official seat and secondary official residence of the President of Germany. The President's standard is flown above Hammerschmidt Villa when the President is in Bonn.
The villa is situated in the heart of the former government quarter of Bonn, bordering the river Rhine to the north and opposite the zoological Museum Koenig to the south. It is also adjacent to the secondary official seat and secondary official residence of the Chancellor, the Palais Schaumburg, to the west.

The upper floor of the building houses a private apartment for the German President, while the ground floor consists of state rooms which are used for ceremonial purposes.

Villa Hammerschmidt was built by August Dieckhoff in 1860 in Neo-classical style, as a stately home for a wealthy industrialist. It was redecorated in 1868 by the architect Otto Penner.

Since its construction Villa Hammerschmidt has been owned by:

1860 – 1868: Albrecht Troost

1868 – 1899: Leopold Koenig (his son Alexander Koenig was the founder of the "Zoologisches Reichsmuseum Alexander Koenig" just opposite Villa Hammerschmidt)

1899 – 1928: Rudolf Hammerschmidt

1928 – 1945: Sold at auction and broken up into several flats

1945 – 1949: Requisitioned by the British occupation forces in Germany following World War II

since 1950: The German state
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  • Villa Hammerschmidtis usually not open for the public. You can only visit the building on special occasions when there is an open house. I have been there once and it was quite nice to see the German....  more »
  • The House was wehre our Presidents lived. You will be informed about theyr personal arrangements to live there. Henry Moore-sculptures in the garden.  more »
  • Beautiful villa also nicknamed 'the White House on the Rhine'. It serves as the official residence of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany when in Bonn. The Villa is not accessible to the public, but appointment visits are possible. More information at the Bonn-Information.
  • Beautiful place

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