to the website of the honorary consul of the Republic of Korea in Saxony.

It shall inform you quickly and comprehensively about my duties as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Saxony and provide assistance to find proper points of contact, both for Germans and German businesses interested in Korea and for Koreans seeking for support for their stay or business in Saxony.

If you want to know more than this website offers, you are welcome to visit my office. You will find it at "Königstraße 1" in the baroque quarter of Dresden just opposite the Japanese Palace (Japanisches Palais).

I am available for face-to-face talks with pleasure.

Yours sincerely
Dr. Christoph Hollenders
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Saxony

Latest news

29. March 2018

Korean Ambassador H.E. Dr. JONG Bum Goo Visits Dresden’s Lord Mayor Hilbert and the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Saxony

March 29th 2018
19. March 2018

Lunch with H. E. Ambassador Dr. Jong Bum Goo at the embassy residence in Berlin

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea Dr. Christoph Hollenders informs H.E. Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Jong Bum Goo at a lunch at the embassy residence in Berlin on March 16, 2018 about the new German-Korean platform „InDeKo […]
12. December 2017

Handover of the InDeKo foundation charter to H. E. Ambassador Lee Kyung-soo

It was a last great gift to the outgoing ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Germany, Lee Kyung-soo. At the farewell reception at the Korean Embassy in Berlin on 12 December 2017, a delegation of the founding members of […]
7. December 2017

German-Korean innovation platform InDeKo founded in Dresden

The innovative cooperation between Germany and Korea reaches a new level:”InDeKo Innovation Centre Germany Korea – The Korean-German Innovation Hub” is the name of a new association founded on 7 December 2017 in the Korean Honorary Consulate in Dresden. The […]
16. October 2017

Honorary Consul Dr. Christoph Hollenders at the 9th ADeKo Conference in Gwangju

The 9th Korean-German ADeKo Science Conference, chaired by former Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, was held in the Korean university town of Gwangju from 16 to 18 October 2017 under the title “Engineering for our future”. Honorary Consul Dr. Christoph […]
19. September 2017

Joint Korean-German Materials Research Center founded

On 19 September 2017, the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS), the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology (IKL) and the Korea Institute of Material Science (KIMS) established a joint materials research center in the South Korean […]

Personal introduction



  • Born in Münster/Westphalia
  • Law studies at the Universities of Münster, Geneva and Tübingen
  • Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation and the Episcopal Academic Foundation “Cusanuswerk”
  • First State Law Examination in Tübingen
  • Legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Hamm/Westphalia, Research assistant at the Federal Cartel Office, Berlin
  • Second State Law Examination in Düsseldorf
  • Degree of Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur.) with a thesis concerning cartel law at the University of Tübingen
  • 1981 to 1992 lawyer, tax lawyer and notary public in Werne/Westphalia

Notary and Consul

  • Since 1992 notary public in Dresden/Saxony
  • Lecturer at the Dresden University of Technology and at the University of Leipzig
  • 1993 to 2003 member of the examination board for the First State Law Examination at the Saxon State Ministry of Justice, Examinor for the First State Law Examination
  • Since 2012 Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Saxony

Activities and Family

  • Chairman of the Society of Friends of the Staatskapelle Dresden (Gesellschaft der Freunde der Staatskapelle Dresden)
  • Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Academy for Music Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Moritzburg Festival of Chamber Music
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Reinhard & Sonja Ernst Foundation, Wiesbaden
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of "Schlösserland Sachsen"
  • Wine maker at Dinglinger’s vineyard in Dresden
  • married to the science journalist Dr. Caroline Möhring
  • four children
  • chamber music (violin), hunting, golf

Duties and position

As the name implies a honorary consul is working as a volunteer. Like the full-time consuls (Latin consul = counselors), he is officially appointed by a state, the sending state, to safeguard the interests of its citizens and its trade in a foreign country, the receiving state. He is also a member of the Consular Corps (Corps Consulaire = CC).

The work of a honorary consul is unpaid. In particular cases, he may receive a low expense allowance.

The official acts a honorary consul may carry out are laid down by international law, in particular the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Often, the honorary consul focuses on the promotion and deepening of relations between the sending and the receiving state in the fields of economy, culture and science, as all other tasks are taken care by the consular section of the embassy of the sending states.

Representation of interests
To protect the interests of the sending state and its nationals (natural and legal entities) in the receiving state within the limits permitted by international law.
Promotion and development
To promote the development of economic, transport, legal, cultural and scientific relations between the sending state and the receiving state. To inform oneself about developments in the economic, cultural and scientific life of the receiving state with all legal means and to provide these information to the government of the sending state and interested persons,
Passport authorities
To issue passports to the nationals of the sending state and to issue visas equivalent documents to persons wishing to go to the sending State as a passport authority in accordance with paragraph 9 (2) PassG,
Support of nationals
  • to grant advice and assistance to the nationals of the sending state,
  • to provide necessary assistance to nationals of the sending State who are in need of assistance if the emergency cannot be overcome in any other reasonable way,
  • to take necessary measures providing assistance and protection to nationals of the sending state in the case of natural disasters, wars or revolutionary complications provided that such damage has occurred or is to be feared,
  • to consularly support imprisoned nationals of the sending state,
  • to notify relatives in case of a death of nationals of the sending state and to contribute to the transfer.
  • German-Korean relationship

    Korea and Germany share a long history of friendly relationships. In the year 1883, the two countries – at that time the Kingdom of Korea and the German Empire, and at the same time the Kingdom of Saxony with its own foreign policy – officially established diplomatic relations. After the end of the Korean War the relations between the Republic of Korea and the Federal Republic of Germany were deepened further by many thousands of Korean nurses and mineworker sent to Western Germany. From abroad they made a substantial contribution to the economic recovery and strengthening of the southern part of the divided nation.

    In recent years there has been a lively exchange between the heads of both the countries. In 2010 the German President Köhler and German Chancellor Merkel, in 2015 the German President Gauck visited the Republic of Korea, while Korea's President Lee Myung-bak came to Germany as a official guest in 2010, President Park Geun-hye in 2014 and President Moon Jae-in in 2017. 

    From the year 2002 on the German-Korean Forum takes place alternating in Korea and Germany and gives advices for the deepening of relations to the heads of both the countries. Concurrently with it there is always a special youth forum; the results of which are incorporated into the advices to the governments.

    There are very strong economic relations between Germany and the successful Republic of Korea, which currently holds no. 11 of the world biggest national economies and no. 7 in the ranking of exporting nations. Korea is one of Germany’s most significant trading partner in Eastern Asia and next to China and Japan the third largest sales market in Asia, even more important than India and other bigger countries. On the other hand, Germany turns out to be Korea’s most important trading partner in Europe. As directed by Korean statistics the bilateral trading volume exceeded 25 billion dollars in 2016.

    At the same time the Free State of Saxony is of special interest for Korea as it stands for a successful policy of reunification and might be a model for the desired reunification of Korea. Furthermore, the Dresden University of Technology as one of the German Excellence Universities actively interchanges with numerous non-university research institutes, which are located there in an absolutely unique concentration even in the European perspective.

    The Saxon networks in the fields of semiconductor industry and science, nanotechnology, OLED research and application and finally biotechnology are well known all over the world. They are most interesting docking stations for cooperation in the forward-looking sectors of environment and renewable energies.

    Against this background, it was just logical to introduce the first Korean representation in the eastern states of Germany with the Honorary Consulate in Dresden. Since then the relationship between Korea and Saxony became even deeper. Especially the visit of President Park Geun-hye to Dresden in March 2014 created far-reaching consequences to the economic and scientific exchange between the two countries. The city of Dresden with the very first Korean Square in Europe became a well-known town in Korea and a prototype for the possibilities of a successful reunification.

    The questions of reunification and the economical and scientific cooperation are discussed in many ways and both directions. Numerous Korean delegations visit the cities of Dresden and Leipzig, in 2016 for example the deputy minister for the reunification of Korea. Vice versa members of the Saxon government visited Korea: 2015 the Minister for Economy, Labor and Traffic, Martin Dulig, 2016 the Prime Minister of the Freestate of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, and 2017 the Minister of Science and Fine Arts, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange. Moreover, the fact, that the important science network ADeKo (Alumni Deutschland Korea) hold its first conference out of Korea in Dresden is a strong indicator for the very good and vital relationship between Saxony and Korea.

    I will do my very best helping people from Korea living here in Saxony by providing support and advice. I will make every effort to build bridges between the Republic of Korea and Saxony to intensify and deepen the cooperative and friendly relations between the two countries in the fields of science, business and culture.

    It is a great honor for me to work for the Republic of Korea and its people and to help Korean travellers in Saxony with our consular service.

    Dr. Christoph Hollenders
    Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Saxony


    Dr. Christoph Hollenders
    Königstraße 1
    D-01097 Dresden

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