UBA offices

Collage of three buildings: modern glass building, historic building in green environment and mountain station on snow-covered slopeClick to enlarge
Just a few of UBA’s offices: Dessau-Roßlau, Berlin-Bismarckplatz, Zugspitze air measuring station
Source: Silvia Sinah / UBA / Betriebsgesellschaft Umweltforschungsstation Schneefernerhaus GmbH

Our headquarters are located in Dessau-Roßlau in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, where we have been since 2005. Some 900 of our 1,500 employees work at this office. Our other offices are in Berlin-Marienfelde, Berlin-Grunewald, Berlin-Dahlem, Bad Elster (Saxony) and Langen (Hesse). We also operate a seven station measurement network extending from Zingst on Rügen island to Zugspitze.

Overview

Map of Germany with tagged UBA sites
Map: UBA offices
Source: Umweltbundesamt

The UBA’s headquarters

Wörlitzer Platz 1, 06844 Dessau-Roßlau, Germany
Phone: ++49 340 2103-0, Fax: ++49 340 2103-2285
Postal address: Postfach 1406, 06813 Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

Location map

We have been headquartered in Dessau-Roßlau in the regional state of Saxony-Anhalt since 2005. Some 900 of our 1,500 employees work in this modern eco-friendly building.

All of our divisions are based here, except for Division E (German emissions trading). For information on the locations of our various division offices, see our organizational chart.

Our building, which was designed by sauerbruch & hutton architekten, was awarded the 2009 German gold medal for sustainable construction. Distinctions of this nature from the Federal Ministry of Construction and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen are awarded for exemplary new office buildings, based on ecological, economic, and sociocultural criteria, as well as location, planning and technical realization.

The building’s energy concept is based on the use of renewable energy, to which end solar panels were built into the folding roof of the entry area (Forum), and solar collectors were installed on the Forum’s flat roof. Both of these amenities are used for solar powered air conditioning in the building, mainly the auditorium and IT areas. Thanks to our geothermal heat exchangers – currently the world’s largest facility of this type with more than five kilometers of piping – exhaust air is conditioned underground and is used for heating or air conditioning depending on the time of year.

You are more than welcome to come see our unique building for yourself, visit our Fachbibliothek Umwelt (environmental library), which houses a large collection of environmental books, and pick up free brochures on environmental matters at our visitors center.

We are planning to build a wing onto our headquarters that will at a minimum meet the standard for zero-energy buildings. For information concerning the progress of this project, visit our construction project page.

  •  The UBA building in Dessau-Roßlau from above. The building is elongated, with a façade of wood and coloured glass slabs and slanted solar cells covering the entire surface of the flat roof
    Aerial shot of the UBA building in Dessau-Roßlau
    Source: Firma Busse
  • Main entrance of UBA office building in Dessau-Roßlau with glass façade. The remaining façade is made of wood, windows, and glass slabs in shades of green and blue
    UBA Dessau-Roßlau main entrance
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
  • Rear wood façade of UBA office building in Dessau-Roßlau with glass slabs in different shades of red
    Rear façade of UBA Dessau-Roßlau
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
  • Stone-flagged lobby of UBA Dessau-Roßlau with glass roof and exhibits
    The lobby (forum) of UBA Dessau-Roßlau
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
  • atrium with a glass roof, bridgesElongated inner courtyard with glass roof, skywalks linking two sides of the building, greenery and water basin
    UBA in Dessau-Roßlau: View of atrium
    Source: Umweltbundeamt
  • Façade with windows, wood planking and coloured glass slabs in shades of blue and green
    Interior views of UBA Dessau-Roßlau: inner façade in atrium
    Source: Silvia Sinah
  • Skywalks and stairs with glass banisters in inner courtyard, inner façade of wood, yellow and green surfaces
    Interior views of UBA Dessau-Roßlau: Stairs and bridges in atrium
    Source: Silvia Sinah
  • Bookshelves in red, yellow, blue and black
    In the environmental library of UBA Dessau-Roßlau
    Source: Silvia Sinah
  • Three women sitting at a round table looking at flyers and brochures, a shelf with more materials in the background
    Citizens’ service visitors lounge at UBA Dessau-Roßlau
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
  • Low, round building with glass façade reflected in a pond surrounded by natural stones
    Canteen and pond at UBA Dessau-Roßlau
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
  • Small, old red-brick train station building with spire and gable
    The Wörlitzer Bahnhof historic landmark is also part of UBA Dessau-Roßlau
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
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Berlin-Grunewald UBA building on Bismarckplatz

Bismarckplatz 1, 14193 Berlin, Germany
Phone: ++49 30 8903-0, Fax: ++49 30 8903-5613
Postal address: Postfach 33 00 22, 14191 Berlin, Germany

Location map

Our building on Berlin’s Bismarckplatz was our HQ from 1974 (the year of our founding) until we relocated to our present building in 2005. This building is currently home to Division E (German emissions trading) and some staff members of our General Services Division, the director’s office, and our PR office.

The Bismarckplatz office also has a visitors center where brochures are available free of charge. Exhibitions on environmental subjects are held here on a regular basis as well.

The Bismarckplatz building, which dates back to the 1930s, is slated for renovation and energy modernization. For further information on this project, visit our construction project page.

  • Triangular building complex with green inner courtyard nestled in an urban district with many trees
    Aerial view of UBA building in Berlin-Grunewald (Bismarckplatz)
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
  • Three-storey historic building with entrance portal, with balcony and flower boxes above, gabled roof with many small dormers. At the front a square with trees, bushes, a drive and sign which reads "Umweltbundesamt"
    Main entrance of UBA Berlin-Grunewald (Bismarckplatz)
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
  • Tall black metal gateway with the eco-label
    Gate of UBA site in Berlin-Grunewald (Bismarckplatz) with image of the eco-label
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
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The UBA Berlin-Dahlem office on Corrensplatz

Corrensplatz 1, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Phone: ++49 30 8903-0, Fax: ++49 30 / 8903-1830

Location map

Our Berlin-Dahlem office is home to staff members from the following units:

  • Department II 1 Environmental Hygiene
  • Some Section II 3 Drinking Water and Swimming Pool Water Hygiene staff members
  • Some Section II 3.3 Drinking-water Resources and Treatment staff members
  • Some Section II 3.6 Toxicology of Drinking Water and Swimming Pool Water staff members
  • Section IV 1.4 Health Pests and their Control

To facilitate these activities, our Correnplatz office has labs, as well as breeding facilities for cockroaches, head lice and other pests.

The building used to be the headquarters of Institut für Wasser-, Boden- und Lufthygiene (WaBoLu) (Water, soil and air hygiene institute), which was absorbed by the UBA in 1994.

Once our Berlin-Grunewald building on Bismarckplatz has been renovated and modernized, the aforesaid units and staffers will move there and the Correnplatz site will be shut down.

Four-storey old building with dormers, elevated cellar and ornate entrance with stairs
UBA site in Berlin-Dahlem (Corrensplatz)
Source: Umweltbundeamt

Berlin-Marienfelde office

Schichauweg 58, 12307 Berlin, Germany
Phone: ++49 30 8903-0, Fax: ++49 30 8903-4152 or -4200

Location map

Our Berlin-Marienfelde office is home to staff members from the following units:

  • Section II 3.3 Drinking Water Resources and Treatment
  • Section III 2.5 Monitoring Methods, Waste Water Management
  • Section IV 2.4 Substances Hazardous to Water - Ecotoxicological Laboratory
  • Section IV 2.5 Trace Analysis, Artificial Ponds and Streams

In addition to various laboratories, our Berlin-Marienfelde office also operates our flowing, flow-through and stagnant system simulation facility (FSA) where we do research into areas such as the effect of pharmaceutical drugs and pesticides on the ecosystems of the facility’s artificial watercourses and ponds.

The federal government’s first zero energy office building, for 31 UBA staff members, was completed in 2013 at our Marienfelde site. For further information, as well as photos and videos, concerning the zero energy concept and the construction phase, see our building project page.

  • Modern three-storey, elongated office building, with river or canal with grassy banks at the front
    UBA in Berlin-Marienfelde
    Source: Christoph Zinsius / Umweltbundesamt
  • Modern hall with saw-tooth roof, with a large square-shaped pool in front
    UBA in Berlin-Marienfelde: Hall of the artificial stream and pond system
    Source: Christoph Zinsius / Umweltbundesamt
  • Outdoor area with green, artificial gutters among fields and meadows
    UBA in Berlin-Marienfelde: gutters of the artificial stream and pond system
    Source: Christoph Zinsius / Umweltbundesamt
  • Outdoor area with square-shaped concrete pool filled with water and plants
    UBA in Berlin-Marienfelde: artificial ponds of the artificial stream and pond system
    Source: Christoph Zinsius / Umweltbundesamt
  • Two-storey square building with wooden façade and solar panels on the roof
    UBA in Berlin-Marienfelde: the newly built “Haus 2019“ zero-energy building
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
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Langen (Hesse) office

Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 29, 63225 Langen, Germany
Phone: ++49 6103 704-0, Fax: ++49 6103 704147

Location map

Our Langen office in the regional state of Hesse is home to staff members from the following units:

  • Section II 4.4 Air Quality Standards and Monitoring Methods
  • Section II 4.5 Air Monitoring Network

Our Langen office is the nerve center of our air monitoring network.

Once our Berlin-Grunewald building on Bismarckplatz has been renovated and modernized, the aforesaid units and staffers will move there and the Langen office will be closed.

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Modern, three-storey office building with large distinctive entrance portal
UBA office in Langen, Hesse, the main office site of the air quality measuring network
Source: Christoph Zinsius / Umweltbundesamt

Bad Elster office

Heinrich-Heine-Str. 12, 08645 Bad Elster, Germany
Phone: ++49 37437 76-0, Fax: ++49 37437 76219

Location map

Our Bad Elster office in the regional state of Saxony is home to staff members from the following units:

  • Some Department II 3/Drinking Water and Swimming Pool Water Hygiene staff members
  • Section II 3.1 General Aspects of Drinking Water Hygiene
  • Section II 3 Drinking Water and Swimming Pool Water Hygiene
  • Section II 3.4 Drinking Water/Water Distribution
  • Section II 3.5 Microbiology of Drinking Water and Swimming Pool Water
  • Some Section II 3.6 Toxicology of Drinking Water and Swimming Pool Water staff members

Once our Berlin-Grunewald building on Bismarckplatz has been renovated and modernized, the aforesaid units and staffers will move there and the Bad Elster office will be closed.

White, four-storey historic building with drive through a landscaped area, a three-storey annex on the right
UBA office building in Bad Elster, Saxony
Source: Umweltbundesamt

Air quality measuring stations

We monitor air quality at the following measuring stations:

GAW-Station Zugspitze

Schneefernerhaus, Zugspitze 5, 82475 Zugspitze, Germany
Phone: ++49 8821 924110, Fax: ++49 8821 924209

Directions:

By train:
Go to the Munich train station. Take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Get out at Garmisch-Partenkirchen (last stop) and board the Bayerische Zugspitzenbahn train, which is located at the western edge behind the train station.

By car:
From Munich, get on the Garmisch to Partenkirchen Autobahn and head toward Zugsspitze /Grainau. Drive down Hauptstraße in Grainau and when you reach the city limits, take three kilometer long Bergstrecke to the parking lot of the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn’s Talstation Eibsee funicular station.

From the Talstation Eibsee funicular station:
The funicular station departs every half hour (service is suspended during storms). When you reach the top, take the Gletscherseilbahn funicular to the Sonnalpin stop. Sonnalpin and Schneefernerhaus can be reached solely via a footpath, and then by taking the funicular. Wear clothing that’s suitable for the mountain weather. The trip up the mountain must be taken with the funicular driver present. A safety information sheet (Merkblatt für Besucher zur Verminderung des Sicherheitsrisikos) is available at the measuring station.

Neuglobsow (Brandenburg)

Zur alten Fischerhütte 1, 16775 Stechlin - OT Neuglobsow, Germany
Phone: ++49 33082 403-190, Fax.: ++49 33082 403-195

Directions:

By train:
Take the Berlin-Fürstenberg train. Get out at the last stop. Take a bus or taxi to Neuglobsow, or arrange in advance for us to pick you up at the train station.

By car:
Directions from Berlin to Neuglobsow. From Berlin, take the B 96 toward Norden (Stralsund) and exit at Gransee. From there, head toward Neuglobsow (Stechlin). Drive through Großwoltersdorf and Menz to Neuglobsow. When you get to Neuglobsow, you’ll see the sign for the measuring station.

Directions from Berlin to Neuglobsow (alternative route): From Berlin, take the B 96 toward Norden (Stralsund) and exit at Fürstenberg. From Fürstenberg, head toward Neuglobsow and follow the signs there.

Waldhof (Lüneburger Heide)

29394 Langenbrügge, Germany
Phone: ++49 5824 658

Directions:

By car:
You can get to our Waldhof measuring station from the north via the city of Uelzen by heading toward Wieren and then to Langenbrügge Bodenteich. Then head toward Lüben. Then take the road to Waldhof and turn into the forest right after you pass a farm called Waldhof. You’ll see the measuring station on your right after 300 meters.

To reach the measuring station from the south, drive from Wittingen to Stöcken and then to Langenbrügge. Then head toward Lüben. Then take the road to Waldhof and turn into the forest right after you pass a farmstead called Waldhof. You’ll see the measuring station on your right after 300 meters.

Schauinsland (Schwarzwald)

Schauinslandweg 2, 79254 Oberried/ Hofsgrund, Germany
Phone: ++49 7602 91000, Fax: ++49 7602 243

Directions:

By train:
Take any trolley from Freiburger Hauptbahnhof train station and get out at Bertholdsbrunnen. Then transfer to Straßenbahnlinie 4 (trolley line 4) going toward Günterstal. Get out at Günterstal and get on a bus to Horben. Get out at the Schauinsland-Schwebebahn funicular station, and take the funicular to the Schauinsland measuring station. From there, walk 100 meters uphill on the road leading to a parking lot. From there, take the asphalt path toward Rappenecker Hütte, which after a 1.5 km walk will take you to the measuring station. The measuring station is a long wooden building with a large measuring field in front of it.

By car:
From downtown Freiburg follow the signs to the Schauinsland measuring station, a 17 kilometer drive. Stop at the first parking lot you come to. From there, a 1.5 kilometer service road leads to the measuring station. However, members of the public are not allowed to drive down this road, which in some cases is blocked by a barrier.  It takes about 40 minutes to get from downtown Freiburg to the measuring station.

Schmücke (Thüringer Wald)

98559 Gehlberg, Germany
Phone: ++49 36845 50467, Fax: ++49 36945 50900

Directions:

By train:
Take the train to Oberhof. From there take a taxi or make prior arrangements with us to pick you up at the station.

By car:
Exit the A 4 at Gotha and take the B 247 toward Suhl. Turn left 1 kilometer after leaving Oberhof. Drive 10 kilometers. You’ll see the measuring station on your right.

Westerland (Insel Sylt)

Lornsenweg 9, 25980 Westerland/Sylt, Germany
Phone: ++49 4651 824405-0

Directions:

By train:
At the Westerland train station, take the SVG (Sylter Verkehrsgesellschaft) line 1 bus and get out at Marinesiedlung.

Zingst (Halbinsel Fischland-Darß-Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

Landstr. 2, 18374 Zingst, Germany
Phone: ++49 0340 2103 6790

Directions:

By train:
Take the train to Barth, and from there take the bus to Zingst.

By car:
Take the Autobahn to Rostock. From there, take the B 105 heading toward Stralsund, until you reach Löbnitz. From there, take the Kreisstrasse (district road) to Barth and then continue on to Zingst. From there, head toward Müggenburg. 1.5 kilometers after leaving Zingst you will see the entrance to the measuring station

  • Building of the air quality measuring station on a snow-covered slope
    UBA air quality measuring station on Zugspitze
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
  • Measuring devices on a meadow
    Observation area of UBA's Neuglobsow air quality measuring station on Lake Stechlin in Brandenburg
    Source: Christoph Zinsius / Umweltbundesamt
  • Building of the air quality measuring station in hilly landscape with fields and spruce forest
    UBA Schauinsland air quality measuring station in the Black Forest
    Source: Christoph Zinsius / Umweltbundesamt
  • Small, four-storey building with dark brown wooden façade and gabled roof, with measuring devices on a field in front
    UBA Schmücke air quality measuring station in the Thuringian Forest
    Source: Christoph Zinsius / Umweltbundesamt
  • Outdoor observation area, two small buildings of light-coloured wood in the background
    UBA Waldhof air quality measuring station on the Lüneburg Heath
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
  • Small, two-storey wooden building in the dunes
    UBA Westerland air quality measuring station on the island of Sylt
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
  • Outdoor observation areas, with a one-storey, low-rise building in the background
    UBA Zingst air quality measuring station on the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula of the Baltic Sea
    Source: Umweltbundesamt
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Construction projects

The EU buildings directive stipulates that as from 2019, government buildings will be required to certify that they have met the directive’s energy performance requirements over a one year period. We intend for our four ongoing construction projects involving a new building and three renovations to meet these requirements now. Information on the progress of these projects in the coming years will be available on our construction project page, where you’ll find texts, photos and videos. You can learn more there about how in the summer of 2013 our Berlin-Marienfelde office became the federal government’s first zero energy building, and how the planning process for the new wing of our Dessau-Roßlau building integrated solar panels into the building facade.

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The UBA

Contact

Wörlitzer Platz 1
06844 Dessau-Roßlau
Germany

Telephone: +49-340-2103-0
Fax: +49-340-2103-2285
Email: buergerservice[at]uba.de
Source: Umweltbundesamt

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