Map Collection

The Map Collection offers approximately 50,000 topographic and thematic maps from the 16th to the 21st centuries as well as 9,300 vertical aerial photographs taken between 1942 and 1945 as reference holdings. The geographical focus lies on the areas of today’s states of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, whilst adjoining regions are also covered in order to guarantee content coherence

Wherever you find maps you will no longer use, please contact us. We are happy to buy them or to gratefully receive these maps as a gift, no matter what kind of map: a single topographic map sheet, a creased city map from the hotel reception desk or a touring plan of your last trip through Central and Eastern Europe.
Every map is worth to be saved!

Most of the holdings may already be searched online. If you need further advice or reproductions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

» Search in the Map Catalogue

We will be pleased to advise you on the holdings of the map collection, to help you with searching databases and to provide reproductions.

The holdings of the map collection can only be viewed in the study hall of the scientific collections. Therefor please register in advance, bearing in mind the consultation time. Our online databases overview the available maps and vertical aerial photographs.

In addition to advising on-site users, our range of services also includes the provision of information on the collection holdings in writing and on the telephone. More extensive research by Institute staff is available for a fee and is charged by the time taken.

Analogue and digital copies of the masters in the collection can be purchased for a fee. For legal reasons, only simple view copies can be produced of current topographic maps, the Prussian Urmesstischblatts, and the photomaps of the German Reich (Luftbildplanwerk). Digital image materials are supplied in TIF file format and RGB mode. We offer unedited image files for download as standard; these can be edited on request ready for printing at an additional cost. Publication of maps and aerial photographs must be applied for separately. To submit an order, please use the order form. Should you have unanswered questions regarding your order, you are welcome to contact the map collection by e-mail or telephone.

» Order Form (at the moment only in German)