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Where German chancellors go on vacation

Germany | City view of Nesselwang

They are actually always on duty. But even a federal chancellor has to take a break from government business. From Konrad Adenauer to Olaf Scholz: Here are their vacation spots.

Germany |  City view of Nesselwang

Olaf Scholz: Nesselwang in the Allgäu

Chancellor Olaf Scholz comes from northern Germany, but he has chosen the Bavarian Alps as his holiday home for this summer. He chose a holiday apartment in Nesselwang in the Allgäu for a hiking holiday with his wife Britta Ernst. A place to relax, as he told reporters.

South Tyrol 2008 |  Holiday Angela Merkel, Chancellor |  with Reinhold Messner

Angela Merkel: South Tyrol

Angela Merkel (Chancellor from 2005 to 2021) also likes to hike. For years she went to South Tyrol for this. Together with her husband, she rented a nondescript hotel and enjoyed the tranquility of the mountains. Here she can be seen on a hike in 2008 together with the mountaineer Reinhold Messner (2nd from left) in the Dolomites.

Spain Majorca 2000 |  Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, leave

Gerhard Schroeder: Majorca

Gerhard Schröder (left, Chancellor from 1998 to 2005) moved here in July 2000 to Mallorca, probably the most popular holiday island for Germans. The crowded beach promenade “Ballermann” in Palma was not his thing, Schröder enjoyed a secluded Finca.

Austria Wolfgangsee 1986 |  Holiday Chancellor Helmut Kohl & Hannelore Kohl

Helmut Kohl: Lake Wolfgang

Helmut Kohl, who ruled from 1982 to 1998, vacationed year after year in St Gilgen, Austria, on Lake Wolfgang, here with his wife Hannelore. It was no secret that Kohl also used the holidays to lose weight. He usually adhered to a strict diet of water and dry buns.

Helmut and Loki Schmidt are vacationing at the Brahmsee

Helmut Schmidt: Brahmsee

Helmut Schmidt (1974 to 1982) had a simple holiday home on the Brahmsee in Schleswig-Holstein. With his wife Loki, the chancellor vacationed in the middle of nature, sailing, reading, gardening, and playing chess. He also occasionally received famous guests there, including the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, the writer Siegfried Lenz and the musician Yehudi Menuhin.

Norway 1972 |  Holiday Willy Brandt, Federal Chancellor

Willy Brandt: Norway

Willy Brandt (Chancellor from 1969 to 1974) liked to spend his holidays in Norway, here in 1972 with his wife Ruth and son Matthias. The country had a special meaning for him in two respects: the social democrat lived here in exile during the National Socialist era, and Rut Brandt came from Norway.

Kurt Georg Kiesinger with daughter and granddaughter in Kressbronn

Kurt Georg Kiesinger: Lake Constance

Kurt Georg Kiesinger (1966 to 1969) came from Ebingen in today’s Baden-Württemberg. Kiesinger spent his vacation just an hour’s drive away with his family on Lake Constance. However, the politician once spread a bit of holiday cheer in the federal cabinet: on a hot day in July 1967, the entire group of ministers met under trees in the park of the Palais Schaumburg in Bonn.

Ludwig Erhard on vacation at Tegernsee

Ludwig Erhard: Tegernsee

Ludwig Erhard (Federal Chancellor from 1963 to 1966) is regarded as one of the pioneers of the so-called economic miracle. He coined the term social market economy. He was a humble, shy person, also known for his cigar smoking. Erhard traveled twice a year to relax from political business in Gmund, Bavaria, on Lake Tegernsee, where he lived with his family from 1953.

Konrad Adenauer, Federal Chancellor |  Holidays on Lake Como, undated

Konrad Adenauer: Lake Como

Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1963, here after going to church in Cadenabbia on Lake Como in Italy. Between 1959 and 1966 he vacationed at Villa Collina. His party, the CDU, bought the building in 1977 and turned it into a guest house for the party-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

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