The Bundesrat ("Federal Council") of the North German Confederation and the German Empire was the highest legislative body in Germany. It existed from 1867 to 1918. Until the 1902 spelling reform, its name was spelled Bundesrath . The Bundesrat comprised representatives of the 25 member states ( Bundesstaaten ).
The German Bundesrat ( lit. Federal Council; pronounced [ˈbʊndəsʁaːt]) is a legislative body [a] that represents the sixteen Länder (federated states) of Germany at the federal level (German: Bundesebene ). The Bundesrat meets at the former Prussian House of Lords in Berlin. Its second seat is located in the former West German capital of Bonn .
Der Bundesrat war ein Staatsorgan im Norddeutschen Bund (1867–1870) und im Deutschen Kaiserreich (1871–1918). Als Vertretung der Gliedstaaten bestand er aus Bevollmächtigten der Einzelstaaten, aus denen Deutschland bestand. Bundesgesetze bzw. Reichsgesetze bedurften der Zustimmung von Bundesrat und Reichstag, damit sie in Kraft treten konnten.
It was founded on 18 January 1871, when the south German states, except for Austria, joined the North German Confederation and the new constitution came into force on April 16, changing the name of the federal state to the German Empire and introducing the title of German Emperor for Wilhelm I, King of Prussia from the House of Hohenzollern. 
Bundesrat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Bundesrat is a German word that means federal council and may refer to: Federal Council (Austria) Bundesrat of Germany Federal Council (Switzerland) Bundesrat (German Empire) This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Bundesrat.