The Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Office


View of the stacks

The Political Archive is the “memory” of the German foreign service. The archive contains 26 linear kilometres of material, which can be consulted for research purposes in line with the legal regulations. This website will tell you more about the services provided by the Political Archive.

Contact and opening hours


Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Office


Kurstraße 36, 10117 Berlin

Opening hours

Monday - Thursday 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Friday 8.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.

(only with prior permission)

The reading room of the Political Archive is open the whole year, apart from two weeks around Christmas and New Year’s, and a few, single days during the year (mostly the day between a holiday, if it’s a Tuesday or Thursday, and the weekend). Closure times are announced on our home page.



+49 (30) 1817-2179


+49 (30) 1817-5-2179

Pull times for records

Orders are accepted twice a day. Files ordered before 10 a.m. are made available in the reading room at 2 p.m. on the same day, files ordered before 2 p.m. are made available the following day when the reading room opens.

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