Swiss Federal Archives

Hands-on history

If you’re looking for documents about Expo 02, the Helvetic Republic or the election of General Guisan in 1939, you’re sure to find them in the Federal Archives! If you want to view documents from the Archives, you should search for them online and order them before visiting:

The Swiss Federal Archives hold the documents of the Federal State’s political bodies and the Federal Administration since 1798. They consist mostly of paper files, complemented by photographic, sound and film material as well as digital data. The documents deal chiefly with political issues at federal level. Documents on cantonal and local matters are mostly held in the cantonal or communal archives. In total, the holdings of the Federal Archives add up to over 60 linear kilometres and more than 18 terabytes – numbers that are steadily increasing.

Documents from the Federal Archives can be viewed free of charge. Further information can be found on the Federal Archives website at

Visitor information

Opening hours
Reading room: Tues, Wed and Thur from
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Please consult


  • From the railway station
    Bus 19 to Aegertenstrasse

  • A1 and A6 exit Ostring-Thunplatz-Kirchenfeldstrasse

  • Wheelchair access