I did not know that the President of Germany resides in Schloss Bellevue or Bellevue Palace until I visited Berlin last February 2011. The name Bellevue came from a French word which means “beautiful view”. This is due to the scenic prospect over the river course where this palace is located, on the banks of the Spree river. This palace has been the residence of the President of Germany since 1994.
We only passed this building during our bus tour in the city of Berlin. This is one of the snapshots I took during my visit.
Schloss Bellevue was erected in 1786 as a summer residence for Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia, the younger brother of King Frederick II, according to plans by architect Michael Philipp Boumann on the site of a manor built in 1743 by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff. It then was the first Neoclassical building in Germany, characterized by its Corinthian pilasters, with wings on either side (“Ladies’ wing” and “Spree wing”). The upper floor features a ball room designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans. The palace is surrounded by a park covering about 20 hectares. In 1843 Bellevue was acquired by King Frederick William IV of Prussia and in 1865 became the residence of his niece Princess Alexandrine after her marriage with William of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. It served the royal and imperial princes of the Hohenzollern dynasty until the German Revolution of 1918. credit