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Bellevue Palace

Bellevue Palace (44)

This palace close to Victory Column is the headquarters of the German Presidency and is found at number 1, Spreeweg Street. 

The ´Schloss Bellevue` or Bellevue Palace gets its name from the lovely views of the river Spree available from its windows: “Belle vue” is French for ´Beautiful view`. 

It was commissioned to be built by Frederick August of Prussia in 1786 and meant as a summer residence. The building is neo-classic in style and surrounded by a fabulous 20 hectare park. The architect responsible for its design was Boumann. 

Until 1918 it served as a royal residence and an important historical event took place here during that time: on the 3rd of September 1870 it was the stage for the signing of the treaty ending the Franco-Prussian War.

Time passed and in the 1930’s it became the headquarters of the Ethnology Museum. During the Third Reich it was also used as a place for guests to stay. Damage from bombing in the Second World War made restoration work necessary and it was then that the palace became the provisional residence of the German Presidency. 

New restoration work was carried out on the building in 1987 and after reunification it became the permanent headquarters of the German Presidency. 

As you will have seen, it is an enormous and very impressive palace. Although it is not open to visitors, the public can enter the English garden nearby.

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