Visiting the Political Archive

Researchers in the reading room Enlarge image Researchers in the reading room (© Jörg F. Müller/ AA)

Planning your visit

Please use this contact form to apply for permission to use the Political Archive. We kindly request that you fill out all the fields and describe the topic of your research in as much detail as possible.

Contact form for enquiries to the Political Archives

If your application to use the archive has already been approved, and you would like to organise an appointment or order files in advance, please use the contact form for the reading room. As the reading room is often busy, it is essential that you make an appointment at least three weeks in advance.

Contact Form for booking a work station and ordering files in advance

Terms of use

Under Section 5(1) of the Law on the Protection and Use of the Federal Archives (Federal Archives Law), files that are over 30 years old are open to the public. The most recent files currently available in the reading room date back to 31 December 1984. Records relating to natural persons may not be consulted until 30 years after these individuals’ death or 110 years after their birth.

Federal Archives Law

Free of charge

Enquiries and use of the Political Archive are free of charge. Please note that information can only be provided in line with staff capacities.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

User and staff member in the reading room

This is where you can find answers to frequently asked questions about using the Political Archive and selected information for specific user groups.

Contact and opening hours


Opening hours

8:30 a.m.
- 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.
- 3:00 p.m.

Pull times for records

10:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.


Visit us at

Kurstraße 36, D-10117 Berlin

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+49 (30) 1817-2179
+49 (30) 1817-5-2179