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Metaldetecting in Germany

Article about: Greetings from Denmark to everyone out there on this great forum. I´ve read lots of threads on metal detecting on this site and on the internet. However, I´m not a bit wiser and even more co

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    Greetings from Denmark to everyone out there on this great forum.

    I´ve read lots of threads on metal detecting on this site and on the internet. However, I´m not a bit wiser and even more confused, since some seem to disagree!

    Would someone kindly explain to me, since I do not wish to break any laws:

    IS IT LEGAL OR NOT - present year 2019 - to metal detect in Germany as a foreigner(provided: You DO NOT metaldetect on "protected", known battlefields of WW II and known/protected archeological sites!).

    1) Are you allowed to metal detect on PRIVATE lands if given permission by the landowner?
    2) The same goes for eventual finding of WW II artefacts(not ammo!)?

    Many thanks to everyone kindly answering these questions

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    You would need to apply for a Nachforschungsgenehmigung depending on the part of Germany you were in. Detecting on a protected historical or scientific site is not allowed. Digging in areas where you are highly likely to find live ordnance is not allowed. In some parts even detecting on private land with permission could get you into trouble if you find live ordnance. Detecting on the Baltic coast beaches is ok however...

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    Hello, BlackCat,
    - and thank you so much for your kind and helpful answer, very appreciated. Could you please tell me HOW to apply for a "Nachforschungsgenehmigung"? Lots of thanks again. - F7Davidsen

    PS: Ich lese und verstehe Deutsch..

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    It really depends on where abouts in Germany you are going as each state within Germany has different laws and there is no one single answer. If you have a friendly farmer who is happy for you to detect then you should be ok, as long as you don't dig up anything nasty. Don't go detecting near to ancient historic places, or venerated battlefield sites.

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    Much appreciated, again thanks.

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