A tour of the Schmidts’ home
A virtual tour makes it possible to explore the Schmidts’ home. As laid down in their will, it is to be preserved unchanged.
Loki and Helmut Schmidt lived in Langenhorn, Hamburg for half a century. The Schmidts moved into the house at 80 Neubergerweg in 1961; it functioned as a kind of unofficial second seat of government together with the Chancellor’s bungalow in Bonn. Schmidt’s friends, such as Giscard d’Estaing and Henry Kissinger, were guests here. The King of Spain, Juan Carlos, the Soviet head of state, Leonid Brezhnev, and the Polish head of government, Edward Gierek, all visited the quiet residential area on the edge of Hamburg.
For decades Neubergerweg was also where the “Friday Society” met. Every second Friday in the month, for 30 years, the Schmidts invited people from all walks of life – including politicians, business people, artists, doctors and scientists – to a lecture and debating circle that discussed what was happening in the world.
Helmut and Loki Schmidt had a fine appreciation of the arts that can be felt throughout the house. A grand piano that Helmut Schmidt himself regularly played is a witness to his love of music.
By 2006 the extensive collection of documents that Helmut Schmidt started to assemble directly after the war had already outgrown the Schmidts’ home; he thus decided to have a new archive building constructed in the immediate neighbourhood. The archives are available to researchers and other interested parties.
According to the will of Helmut and Loki Schmidt the house is to remain unchanged.