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The lost property handed in shall be kept for six months.

Lost property is:

  • things that have an owner and have been lost.
  • Things that have been lost against the will of the owner.
  • Stolen items that have been lost or thrown away by a thief.

Are not lost property:

  • deposited,
  • or
  • disposed of things.

Animals that have been lost by their owner must also be handed in. The responsible office is the animal shelter in Wurster Straße 220, Tel.: 0471/83257.

No found animals are:

  • Wild animals
  • ownerless and
  • abandoned animals.

The handling of lost property is regulated by the law on lost property. Information on the legal background can be found in the German Civil Code (BGB) in paragraphs 965 to 984.


Notes for owners

Anyone who has lost an item can either search for it "lost property online" or ask the lost property office during opening hours. Written confirmations for bicycles or other lost property not found will be issued during opening hours.

Should a lost property contain references to a specific person, the lost property office will be notified immediately.

In order to recover a lost object, the ownership of it must be proven. Proofs are for example

  • A spare key,
  • Purchase receipts,
  • Photos or
  • other identifiers.

Fees or finder's fees may be charged at the time of collection.

  • §§ 965 - 984 Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (BGB)

Finders are entitled to a finder's reward and the return of the lost property if it is not collected by the owner within 6 months. In case of return to the finder, an administration fee will be charged. Both claims must already be made when the lost property is handed over. The statutory finder's fee is 5 percent for an estimated value of the object of up to 500 Euro, 3 percent for an added value of 500 Euro and 3 percent for animals.


Personal documents and keys cannot be given to the finder in order to protect personal data and privacy. This also applies to mobile phones and other local data carriers whose data cannot be deleted by the finding office.

The following applies to lost property in public authorities or transport companies:

  • A finder's fee is only paid from a value of 50 euros and the acquisition of property is excluded.

For lost property in private business premises applies:

  • The claim to a finder's reward and also the acquisition of ownership is only possible if a waiver by the business owner is present.

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