Welcome to the Federal Archives

We help you to find information on the use of our files, photos, films and more.

Head office of the Federal Archives in Koblenz, aerial view from the West, 2016

You are invited to get an impression of what can be searched for by browsing through the section "Find". If you are considering a research visit to one of our reading rooms, would like to order copies of archival material or to ask a specific question, you will find useful hints within the section "Use". Under the heading "About Us" we inform you of the organisation and the legal bases of our work. The latest news as well as the information on the transfer of documents to the Federal Archives ("Offer") are available in German language only.

Choosing one of the following topics, you will be led directly to more detailed information:

I am planning an on site-visit to the Federal Archives

I am preparing a visit of a foreign delegation to the Federal Archives

I would like to search for specific information in the appropriate online database

I am looking exclusively for holdings available in digital form

I am looking for pictures

I am looking for films

I would like to find information on an ancestor

What costs can arise for the use of archival material? (Fee regulations in German language)