German Embassy, Washington, DC

Capitol Hill in Washington DC Enlarge image Capitol Hill in Washington DC (© iStock) Welcome to the German Embassy in Washington, DC, the official representation of the Federal Government of Germany in the United States.

In our Visa, Passport, Legal section you will find information on the numerous consular and legal services for US residents and German citizens within the Embassy's area of consular jurisdiction: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Thank You to US Air Force for Rescuing German Citizens off Coast of Florida

Jul 14, 2017 |
Preparing to dive into the ocean

"Your rescue forces performed a remarkable feat, thus adding yet another, especially impressive act to the countless examples of friendship between our two nations,” Ambassador Wittig writes in a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Wilson.

Word of the Week: Freibad

Jul 14, 2017 |
Freibadwetter in Berlin

When it's hot outside, Germans head over to the Freibad, which means "free pool" (but it is usually not free)!

Foreign Policy: Learning from Germany's Dual System of Vocational Training

Jul 13, 2017 |
Mechatronics trainees

Can the German vocational training model be implemented in the United States? A recent article in Foreign Policy looks at Germany's dual system or vocational education and training system (VET) and efforts to promote German-style apprenticeship models in the United States.

Foreign Ministers of France and Germany Issue Joint Statement on Stabilization of Mosul

Jul 11, 2017 |
Mosul, Iraq

For France and Germany the liberation of Mosul is a source of hope for a united, democratic and secure Iraq. The defeat of IS in Mosul offers the unique opportunity to reconstruct the country and to work toward a national reconciliation.

Merkel at G20: Together We Can Achieve More

Jul 10, 2017 | Press and Information Office of the Federal Government
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Chancellor Merkel has declared herself satisfied with the outcome of the G20 summit. In the field of trade, she reported at the close of the summit in Hamburg, agreement was reached that markets must be kept open.

Word of the Week: Urlaubsreif

Jul 7, 2017 |

Did you forget to make plans this summer? Are you watching all of your coworkers go on vacation while you are tied up in your office? You are probably urlaubsreif.

G20: Merkel Calls for Demonstration of Determination

Jul 3, 2017 | Press and Information Office of the Federal Government
Chancellor Merkel

Major challenges do not stop at national borders. And it will only be possible to find the right answers to the critical questions of our time if we work together, said Chancellor Angela Merkel in a g...

Bundestag Approves Same-Sex Marriage

Jun 30, 2017 |
People and rainbow flags at the Brandenburg Gate

In a historic decision, the German Bundestag voted in favor of same-sex marriage on Friday. Many parliamentarians celebrated the vote in the chamber, and hundreds of revelers gathered at the Brandenburg Gate.

Word of the Week: Liegewiese

Jun 30, 2017 |

What do Germans do in the summer? Some travel, some hike, some swim - and others simply lounge on a Liegewiese (a so-called "lying-down-field").

BMW's Spartanburg Plant Celebrates 25 Years

Jun 30, 2017 |
BMW Plant in Spartanburg

Ambassador Wittig visited the Spartanburg, South Carolina plant of German automaker BMW this week to recognize the plant's 25 year anniversary. BMW used the event to announce their plan to invest an additional $600 million in its U.S. plant between 2018 and 2021.

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Ambassador Peter Wittig

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Ambassador Peter Wittig represents German interests in the United States and works to foster and deepen German-American relations in the political, economic and cultural spheres.

Closing Announcement

The Embassy and Legal & Consular Department will be closed on Monday, September 4, and on Wednesday, September 6.

Closing Announcement


The Legal and Consular Section of the German Embassy in Washington DC will be closed from Thursday, October 12 to Monday, October 16, 2017.

Office Hours

Click here to find our opening hours and a list of holidays on which we are closed.
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Important Notice


For security reasons it is not allowed to bring cell phones, laptops, tablets and similar electronic devices onto the premises of the German Embassy. Visitors carrying unauthorized objects will not be granted entry.

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Employment Opportunities

At present, there are no open positions. Please check the website regularly for announcements of job opportunities.