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Karlsruhe Municipal Archives

The Karlsruhe Municipal Archives form the city's "collective memory". Founded in 1885, it is the oldest municipal cultural institution and today, it is housed in the building of the former municipal pawnshop.

Außenansicht des Stadtarchivs Karlsruhe, 2013, Dirk Altenkirch

Holdings and responsibilities of the Municipal Archives

Its task consists in viewing the documents of the municipal administration, acquiring the most important ones and preserving them in the long term. In order to complete the official transmission of history, the Municipal Archives collect a range of other documents, providing interesting information on the city's past and present, such as photographs, maps, films and sound documents, newspapers, corporate or private documents.

The documents conserved in the Municipal Archives are accessible to the public and made available for use by researchers and interested persons. Moreover, the Municipal Archives fulfil a historical educational role. The institution presents research work and findings on historical issues via publications, exhibitions and events to the public. Its online services provide numerous facts and information on the city's history. With the "Commemorative Book for the Karlsruhe Jews" and other activities, the Municipal Archives also significantly contribute to the city's culture of remembrance.

Beratung im Lesesaal des Stadtarchivs

Research work in and visit to the Municipal Archives

Before accessing the reading room, you have to submit an application to use the archives and arrange an appointment. Appointments can be arranged either by phone +49 721 133-4277 or by email .

For faster processing of your requests, you may also download the user application and bring along the completed form upon visiting the Municipal Archives. Alternatively, the application may also be filled in onsite.

Ansicht eines Aktenmagazins im Stadtarchiv mit Lupe

Opening times

Tuesday and Wednesday 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
Thursday 8.30 am to 6 pm


General requests
+49 (0) 721 133-4225

Appointment booking to access the reading room
+49 (0) 721 133-4277

Address and how to get there


Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Municipal Archives)
Markgrafenstraße 29
76133 Karlsruhe


Access via public transport

You may use all tram lines which stop at Kronenplatz (Kaiserstraße) or Kronenplatz (Fritz-Erler-Straße). From these stops, it will only take you a few minutes on foot to get to the Karlsruhe Municipal Archives.

Access by car

If you arrive by car, you will find parking facilities in the car park at Kronenplatz (Fritz-Erler-Straße 7).

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