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 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 roofClick to enlarge
Aerial shot of the UBA building in Dessau-Roßlau
Source: Firma Busse

Free brochures are available at the visitor centers at our Dessau-Roßlau and Berlin-Grunewald sites. You can also visit a branch of our environmental library at either of these two sites, or at our Bad Elster site. The model eco-building at our Dessau-Roßlau site is also worth a visit.

Main office of the UBA in Dessau-Roßlau

In our capacity as an environmental protection agency, it’s important to us that our UBA buildings set new (and high) standards for green construction and renovation. Our Dessau-Roßlau building, which was constructed in 2005 when we relocated our head office from Berlin to Dessau, was awarded the German gold medal for sustainable construction. So why not come visit us and see this magnificently ecological construction for yourself? And if you’d like to get an idea of what the building is like, then you should consider going on our interactive virtual tour.

Opening hours of the UBA building; information for prospective visitors (see below for group visits)

Monday through Friday     6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday     6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays and holiday    8:30 to 4 p.m.

The Forum is available to visitors without restriction during our opening hours and is also wheelchair accessible. This area will give you an impression of the building’s interior, plus you can spend time at our visitor center and our environmental library. The Forum and the adjoining exhibition space often feature temporary exhibitions on environmental themes. Admission is free.

We regret that we are unable to offer tours for individuals. However recorded tours are available in English and free of charge from the information desk (at the entrance), for visitors who’d like to take a self-designed tour of the UBA building on their own (there is a nominal deposit for the audio guide). Please notice that you can only visit the public parts of our building: the forum, the visitor center, the library, the exhibition space and the cafeteria.

If you’re interested in a guided tour, please contact our external agent.

Information concerning visits by professionals or delegations

The UBA visitors’ service offers professionals and delegations from Germany and abroad lectures on topics of the visitors’ choosing. Guided tours in German and English are also available. Advance registration is required.

Please note the following: The UBA offers the aforesaid services on weekdays only. For information concerning visits on a weekend or legal holiday, contact our external agents.

Visitor center

The UBA visitor center, which is located in a room adjoining the Forum to the right, offers free printed material on environmental topics, the UBA and our staff.
Visitor center opening hours:

Monday through Wednesday    9 am. to AM to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday    9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fachbibliothek Umwelt (environmental library)

Our large environmental library (likewise adjoining the Forum) is open to the general public. There you are welcome to take out books, look through scholarly journals, and do research in one of our many databases.

Library opening hours:

Monday through Wednesday    9 am. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

School and kindergarten field trips

Groups of children in school or kindergarten are welcome to visit our environmental library. Our media and information service trainees organise events for kids and conduct workshops for grades 1 through 4 on water, air and waste sorting. The events and workshops are designed to raise environmental awareness in a child-friendly and age-appropriate way.


The UBA cafeteria, which is open to all visitors, offers coffee, tea and snacks, as well as excellent breakfast and lunch dishes. The cafeteria serves a daily menu comprising a soup of the day, a choice of two main dishes, and a vegetarian dish. Organic ingredients can also be used, by special request. The daily menu is posted in the cafeteria.

Cafeteria hours:

Monday through Thursday    7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday    7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch    11:30 to 2:30 p.m.

For rent: the UBA auditorium

The UBA auditorium, which seats 360, is available for lectures not only to UBA staffers but also to members of the general public. The facility can also be rented out


Berlin-Grunewald UBA building on Bismarckplatz

Our Berlin-Grunwald site also welcomes visitors, who at our visitor center can obtain free printed material on environmental subjects as well as other informational materials.

Opening hours:

Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, the Berlin branch of our Fachbibliothek Umwelt (environmental library) is also open to the public.

The exhibition room contains a changing series of temporary art exhibitions on environmental themes.


German Environment Agency

The impact of climate change will be felt more strongly in the future – and in Germany too. This is the conclusion reached in what is called the vulnerability analysis, a comprehensive study on Germany's vulnerability to climate change.



Wörlitzer Platz 1
06844 Dessau-Roßlau

Telephone: +49-340-2103-0
Fax: +49-340-2103-2285
Email: buergerservice[at]