Imperial Chamber Court Museum

The or Imperial Chamber Court Museum (Reichskammergericht Museum) deals with the Supreme Court of the Holy Roman Empire that was created under Maximilian I. The Court’s task was to develop a regulated procedure for the settlement of disputes by judicial means rather than by feud, force or ransom and thus to steer legal disputes onto a peaceful track. After holding court in various south and southwest German cities, the Court had its seat in Speyer from 1527 until that city’s destruction in 1689. Thereafter the Court moved its seat to Wetzlar, where it remained until the end of the Old Empire in1806. The museum is housed in a three-story Chamber palace built by Franz von Papius. Using original pictures, furniture, sculpture and contemporary printed works as well as graphic depictions and text commentary, the museum presents not only the Court’s development, mode of operation, difficulties and obstacles but also its accomplishments and influence throughout the full span of its existence. The Court’s role in cooperation with other Imperial organs and its significance for the development of the Imperial literature as well as for the social and military history of the Empire are also presented. A slide show providing a general introduction to the Court is available in several languages. A database of procedural files available for more than 80,000 cases is in the process of being developed. The database will make possible for the first time a thorough study of the foundation of the Court’s work and the history of the reception of Imperial Chamber Court jurisprudence. The Museum and Research Center enjoy a close cooperation with the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv Wien. (

Museum: Imperial Chamber Court Museum
City: Wetzlar
Country: Germany
Address: Hofstatt 19