German Chancellery
Reichsadler Reichsorgane
Agency overview
Formed 1871
Jurisdiction Government of Germany
Agency executive Astrid Strauß, Chief of the German Chancellery

The German Chancellery (Reichskanzleramt) is the executive office of the Chancellor, the head of the German imperial government. The chief of the Chancellery (Chef des Reichskanzleramtes) holds the rank of either a Secretary of State (Staatssekretär) or a Federal Minister (Reichsminister). The chief's primary function is to assist the Chancellor in coordinating the activities of the Federal Government, and may be compared to the White House Chief of Staff. The current chief of the Chancellery is Astrid Strauß, as of 2009.

The Chancellery is also the name of the building that houses the personal offices of the Chancellor and the Chancellery staff.


Palais Schaumburg

Palais Schaumburg, the Chancellery building in Bonn

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  • Berlin 1871-1945. The German Chancellery was established in 1871 as the Imperial Chancellery (Reichskanzlei), and originally had its seat in the Radziwill Palace (also known as Reichskanzlerpalais), built by Anton Radziwill in Wilhelmstraße 77 in Berlin. In 1938–39, the New Chancellery (Neue Reichskanzlei), designed by Albert Speer, was built; it was located at 6 Voßstraße and occupied the entire northern side of the Voßstraße between Wilhelmplatz (to the east) and Hermann-Göring-Straße (to the west). It was damaged during World War II and later demolished by Soviet occupation forces.
  • Vienna 1945-1949. After the war, Vienna became temporary seat of the German government and the Chancellery (now known as the Reichskanzleramt — Chancellor's Office) moved into Reichsratgebäude until a new Chancellery building was completed in 1949.
  • Berlin 1949-2001. In the summer of 1949, as part of the German government's move back to Berlin, the Chancellery was temporarily housed in the former GDR State Council building (Staatsratsgebäude) in eastern Berlin as the new Chancellery building was not yet finished at the time; the Radziwill Palace, now the Reichskanzlerpalais finished reconstruction on September 22, 1949.


Access for the general public is only possible on particular days during the year. Since 1997, the German government has welcomed the general public for one weekend per year to visit its buildings - usually in August.

Heads of the Chancellery

Chiefs (Directors) of the Chancellery attend Cabinet meetings. They may also sit as members of the Cabinet if they are also given the position of Minister for Special Affairs (Minister für besondere Aufgaben). They are often called "Kanzleramtsminister" (chancellery minister).


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Coordinates: 52°31′N 13°22′E / 52.520207°N 13.369052°E / 52.520207; 13.369052