Federal Court House – Leipzig (Bundesverwaltungsgericht Leipzig)
The building known today as the Federal Court House was constructed between 1888 and 1895 and was originally known as the Reich Court House. Designed in late historism style, the building displays influences of Italian Renaissance architecture, as well as that of the French Baroque.
About one third of the building was destroyed during World War II. Following restoration, it was re-opened in 1952 as a fine arts museum, known as the Georgi-Dimitroff-Museum. Between 1996 and 2001, the building underwent extensive and costly renovation. Since August 26, 2002, the building has been the seat of the Federal Court, the highest administrative court in Germany. The official dedication of the building took place on September 12, 2002.
Visiting the Federal Court House
Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, visitors may tour the entry hall, the semi-circular main passageway, the Reich Court Museum (Reichsgerichtsmuseum) and the restored main courtroom, which housed the Dimitroff Museum after the restoration of the former Reich Court House.
There is no admission charge, and no appointment is necessary.
- Interesting facts about the responsibilities and functions of Germany's administrative courts, along with information about history and architecture
- The tour includes the entry hall, three historic courtrooms, the main courtroom (formerly used as the Dimitroff Museum) and the dining room, as well as the ballroom that formerly belonged to the living quarters of the Reich Court President.
Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Please register in advance by fax (0341 2007-1000), in writing, or online (Visitor Registration Form - Anmeldeformular für Besucher).