Official residence of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany
White House on the Rhine was constructed as a private residence in 1862/63. In 1868 the sugar producer Leopold Koenig, the father of the zoologist Alexander Koenig, bought the Villa and had it extended. The house was acquired in 1899 by the textile millionaire and art collector Rudolf Hammerschmidt, who altered it in line with his own plans. After the death of Hammerschmidt, who had made the Villa into Bonn's social focal point, it was used for a variety of purposes. It was only in 1950 that the Federal Republic purchased the house and converted into the official residence of the President of the Federal Republic. In 1951 Theodor Heuss was the first Federal President to move into the Villa. The Villa remained the official residence for many of his successors and was also the actual residence for some.
Nowadays Villa Hammerschmidt is used by the Federal President as his official residence in Bonn.
The Villa is not opened for public. Under certain specifications and by appointment visits are possible:
Tours with private guides are available at the Bonn-Information (
Bonn-Touren) at +49 228 775 001 (office hours of
Bonn-Touren Mon-Thu 10-13 am and 14-16 pm, Fri 10-14).
Group tours in the villa are available on demand from Monday to Friday from 9-13 pm (last entry) with a maximum group size of 25 people.
Guided tours for individuals on fixed dates with previous, roll-call notification 14 days before tour date booked at the
Bonn-Information at +49 228 775000.
Tel.: +49 228 77 50 00