Political Archive of the Foreign Office

Political Archive of the Foreign Office
Kurstraße 36
10117 Berlin

Political Archive of the Foreign Office
Tel. +49 (30) 1817-2159

Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 3 pm


The Political Archive is the memory of the German Foreign Service. The Archive particularly preserves the files of the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic from the Cold War era and the files of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR).

Cold War Interests: 

The Political Archive is a public archive, and is open to everyone in accordance with legal regulations. An archive database, inventories and other search tools are available in the reading room. A complete overview of all archival material with detailed information is available online at the Archives Portal Europe.

Every year, an independent team of editors from the Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Institute of Contemporary History) publishes a selection of key documents from the Archives as "Akten zur Auswärtigen Politik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (Documents on the foreign policy of the Federal Republic of Germany). The current volume (2016) is on the year 1985. The series is available in bookshops.