- It's easy to understand why the German President was the first member of the government to officially move to Berlin after reunification. His residence is delightful, the beautiful baroque Bellevue Palace, situated on the banks of the River Spree in the middle of Tiergarten park. The huge lawn behind the palace has been the venue of many a happy garden party, and judging from the noise on certain Saturday evenings—it still is. Erected in 1785, Bellevue has been the symbolic residence of West German Presidents since 1959, even when Bonn was still the official capital of West Germany. The modern building to the south of the palace houses the President's staff and is referred to by Berliners as the "presidential egg" because of its peculiar oval shape.
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