Friday, July 25, 2014

Where the German President Actually Lives

Die Berliner Dienstvilla
A lot of people outside of Germany don't realize that Germany has a President; but unlike the Chancellor, the President has little political power. He's primarily a figurehead who represents Germany at formal gatherings. 

Joachim Gauck, the current German President, "officially" resides at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin, but that's not where he really lives. President Gauck and "First Lady" Daniela Schadt live in die Berliner Dienstvilla in Dahlem, a hundred year old house in a posh Berlin neighborhood. 
German President Gauck and
"First Lady" Daniela Schadt
President Gauck's wife, Hansi Gauck, lives in Rostock. The Gauck's have been married for over 50 years but no longer live together. The fact that President Gauck has a "mistress" who also accompanies him at official state functions isn't an issue in Germany. 

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