22 majestic residences of Heads of State

Enjoy some of the most spectacular residences of heads of state from around the world, from Argentina to Cambodia and from Russia to the US.

Presidential Palace, Poland

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Built in 1643, this palace in Warsaw was the seat of the Russian King’s Regiment and later of the Council of Ministers, before being converted into the official residence of the Polish president in 1994. Unfortunately it is not open to the public.

Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Originally intended for a town hall, this 17th-century palace was converted into a royal palace. It is open to the public.

Elysée Palace, France

A residence of the President of the French Republic since 1948, this building in Paris has undergone major structural changes since the early 18th century. The palace is open to the public once a year as part of the European Heritage Days, each September.

Quirinal Palace, Italy

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Built on the tallest of the seven hills of Rome, this palace, built in 1583, hosted many popes and kings before becoming the official residence of the Italian president. The palace is open for tourists on Sundays and public holidays.

Istana Nurul Iman, Brunei

Completed in 1984, this palace is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei in Bandar Seri Begawan. The palace has more than 1,700 rooms, and its interior was designed by Khuan Chew, who also took over Burj al Arab in Dubai. Guest access is limited.

The Prague Castle, Czech Republic

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is in addition the largest palace complex, according to the Guinness Book. Today it is the official residence of the Czech President. The auxiliary crown jewels are kept in this ancient castle which is open to the public.

Presidential Palace Ak Orda, Kazakhstan

It is the official workplace of the President of Kazakhstan. Although the Presidential Administration staff resides here, the President does not use it as a residence. This luxurious building in Astana was completed in three years, in 2004. It is not open for tourists.

Government Palace, Peru

Built in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro to mark the founding of Lima. The Presidential Palace has been the official residence of the Peruvian government since the Peruvian regency was established. The changing of the guard here on a daily basis, at noon, is an important attraction for tourists. The palace is open to the public.

Royal Palace of Brussels, Belgium

Although an official royal seat, the Belgian royal family does not reside here. Built for 150 years, this magnificent palace is open to the public every summer.

Buckingham Palace, England

The palace is the residence and official workplace of the British monarchy. It became an official royal residence after Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne in 1837. The ceremony of changing the guard in the courtyard of the palace is a famous attraction for tourists. The palace is open to the public from July until September.

Istana Negara-Jalan Istana, Malaysia

It was the king’s official residence until the royal family moved to a new palace in 2011. The Kuala Lumpur palace has been converted into a royal museum since 2013. The palace is closed to the public.

White House, USA

Built between 1792 and 1800 in the city of Washington, it is the official residence and official workplace of the President of the United States. The first president to stay here was John Adams. To visit the White House you need to apply for a permit six months in advance.

Bellevue Palace, Germany

Built on the banks of the Spree River in Berlin, it has been the official residence of the German president since 1994. Prior to the reunification of the two Germans, it was a secondary residence of the West German president. Guided tours can be arranged during the Bürgerfest or by reservation.

Royal Palace, Norway

Located in Oslo, it is the official residence of the Norwegian monarch and was designed by a Norwegian architect, originally from Denmark, Hans Linstow. It was built in the 19th century and was the residence of King Charles III in Norway. The palace is open in summer.

Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain

The official residence of the Spanish kings is used only for state events and is Europe’s largest palace at 135,000 square meters. The palace is open to the public except for the days of official state functions.

Royal Palace, Cambodia

Covering an area of 175,000 square meters, it is the official residence of the King of Cambodia. Designed in accordance with Khmer architecture standards and built in 1866 in Phnom Penh, it is the country’s largest tourist attraction. Large sections of the palace are open to the public.

Grand Palace, Thailand

The palace has been the official residence of the kings since 1782, but the present king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, resides at Chitralada Palace. The Grand Palace, located in Bangkok, covers an area of 220,000 square meters and is used for official events. Some parts of the palace are open to the public.

The Grand Kremlin Palace, Russia

The official residence of the President of Russia was built from 1837 to 1849 and was designed by a team of architects under the direction of Konstantin Thon, with the aim of highlighting the magnificence of the Russian monarchy. The building seems to have three floors but actually consists of two. The palace is not open to the public.

Presidential Office Building, Taiwan

It is located in the capital of Taiwan, Taipei but houses the offices of the Chinese President. The building was completed in 1919 by Japanese architect Uheiji Nagano when Taiwan was under Japanese control. The building is open to the public on weekdays. However, cameras are not allowed. Some parts of the building are open to the public on specific days.

Presidential Palace, Lithuania

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Construction of the official residence of the Lithuanian President was finally completed in 1834, though it began in the 14th century. The palace is open to the public but reservation is a must.

Rashtrapati Bhavan, India

The official residence of the President of India is the second largest residence of the head of state – the first is the Quirinal Palace in Italy. The house is surrounded by the spectacular Mughal gardens. It is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Booking is required and is made electronically through the official website of the President of India.

Royal Palace of Stockholm, Sweden

The official residence of the Swedish King was completed in 1760. Located in Stockholm, it is 230 meters long and 125 meters wide. The palace is open to the public.

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