Welcome to the Deutsche Bundesbank’s website
Thank you for your interest in the Bundesbank's website. Across these pages, the German central bank provides information about current developments in areas such as monetary policy, banking supervision, financial stability, payment systems and cash management. The website also provides access to information on careers at the Bundesbank, extensive statistics, and current publications.
In the rotating texts at the very top of the homepage, and in the panel below it, you will find articles about current developments relating to the Bundesbank. All of these texts can also be found in the "Topics" section. In the "Bundesbank" section, you will find information on how the Bank is organised, as well as on careers, research and the Money Museum. The "Tasks" section outlines the Bundesbank’s key areas of activity. Under "Statistics" there is an extensive range of texts and figures concerning, for example, banks, public finances, and money and capital markets. The "Service" section collates a variety of services including the school service and our media library, which contains photo and video collections. "Press" is targeted at journalists, who will find a huge range of material as well as contact details in this section. On the far right, under "Publications", you will find a variety of Bundesbank publications; you can generally order a print copy free of charge or download the publications as PDFs. Do you have a question you’d like to ask us? All the details you’ll need can be found under "Contact" at the top left of the page.
Queries and orders
We aim to respond to queries and orders as quickly as possible. Because of the large number we receive, however, there can sometimes be a delay. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
It is important to note that publications can only be ordered in writing, giving a full address (postal address including first and last name, and telephone/fax number) and, if available, a customer number. We do not process incomplete queries and orders.
We endeavour to comply as far as possible with the guidelines of the Barrier-free Information Technology Regulation (Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung, or BITV). If you discover any non-accessible elements on our website, please use the "E-mail" link on the contact page to send us details of where this problem occurred.
Please note that PDF files are not available in accessible format.
Browsing using mobile devices
the Bundesbank's website was optimised for browsing on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The website now includes responsive design technology and automatically adapts to fit the screen size of various mobile devices. This provides users of these devices with an easier overview of current topics and content.
- Accessing the main navigation menu
You can browse the website using the quick access bar, which comprises the customary icons to open the navigation menu, to return to the homepage, to open the search function and to change the language.
- Navigation options
When you open the navigation menu, the navigation options will appear across the screen. This menu contains all the main navigation items. Select the "+" symbol to view all available subitems. To close the navigation menu and return to the previous page, select "X" in the top right corner of the menu.
- Switching views
You can switch to the classic version of the website at any time by selecting "to desktop view" at the bottom of each web page.
You can return to the mobile version of the website by selecting the corresponding "to mobile view" icon.
Special features and exceptions
A footer navigation will also be displayed at the bottom of each web page on tablet devices. This navigation feature, however, will not be available on smartphones to avoid unnecessary scrolling.
The time-series database found under "Statistics" will continue to open on mobile devices in the classic desktop view as the information content is too large to be displayed on smaller devices.
Readspeaker text-to-speech service
ReadSpeaker webReader is a service which reads website content aloud. You do not need to install any software to be able to use the text-to-speech tool.
The tool reads aloud the texts on the Bundesbank’s website, making content more accessible and aiding users who have trouble reading online texts. Among other things, ReadSpeaker can come in useful if, for instance, you wish to take notes while the software reads aloud particular passages. The text is also highlighted in colour so that it can easily be followed – no matter which end device you are using.
Launch ReadSpeaker by clicking on the loudspeaker icon on the far right-hand side of our web page.
A control panel will appear (see the picture below) and ReadSpeaker will automatically start reading aloud the text on the page.
Use the control panel to:
- pause and resume the reading;
- stop the reading;
- skip forwards and backwards;
- adjust the volume;
- adjust the reading speed;
- close the player.
Alternatively, you can select individual passages on the site to be read aloud. Use the cursor to highlight the text you want to hear and then activate the text-to-speech function by clicking on the “Listen” button which appears.
Selected PDFs on our website can be read aloud by the ReadSpeaker docReader service.
The PDFs in question have a “Listen” button for you to click. When viewing lists on the desktop version of the website, the button appears when you hover over the PDFs with your mouse.
The document will open in a new window under the service provider’s URL (https://docreader.readspeaker.com/...) and will then be read aloud by ReadSpeaker docReader.
For further information about docReader, visit the service provider’s website (see link at the bottom of the page) or click on the question mark button in the top toolbar of docReader when it is open.
Please send your questions or comments concerning the Bank's website by using the provided contact link.