From an upbringing in communist East Germany to the reunified country’s highest office.
Germany’s new head of state and former pastor Joachim Gauck has completed his amazing journey by taking the keys to the Bellevue Palace in Berlin from scandal-hit Christian Wulff.
The -year-old moved into the official presidential residence after his election on Sunday.
Gauck said he was very anxious because he said he a lot to learn in a short time.
He also said he plans to soon visit Poland for his first foreign trip as head of state.
His previous experience in politics amounts to a six-month spell as a member of the former East Germany’s People’s Chamber.
Gauck takes over from Wulff, who resigned over allegations of financial impropriety.
He is being seen as a man who can restore dignity to the office; he played a key role in the protests that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall.