Chancellor’s Office, Berlin


The chancellery is located in the Berlin Willy-Brandt-Straße 1 and is the headquarters of the Federal German Chancellor. With the outdoor area it has a size of approx. 73000 sqm, making it one of the largest government headquarters in the world.

Critics criticized an over-dimensioning that resulted in particularly long pathways. The building was planned under Helmut Kohl during the reign of Bonn.

The architects Charlotte Frank and Axel Schultes

The new building was designed by the architects Charlotte Frank and Axel Schultes. After almost four years of construction, it was 2001 for the first time by Federal German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

Government move from Bonn to Berlin

This was the conclusion of the government move from Bonn to Berlin. The chancellery was mostly built in the style of postmodernism and is also called “Washing machine” due to its form and in the popular dialect of Berlin.

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In the building there is a separate 200 sqm apartment for the current incumbent. However, both Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel preferred not to inhabit the Federal German Chancellery.

The building complex has a helipad for the reception of foreign State guests, various working rooms and banquet halls, as well as a large park.

It is supplied with heat, which is operated with biodiesel, and has a photovoltaic system on the roof for generating electricity.

Visit of the Federal German Chancellery

Visitors can visit parts, the sights of the Federal German chancellery under very strict security precautions.


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