The Kingdom of Prussia (light gray) within the German Empire (1871–1918)
The states of the Weimar Republic in 1925, with the Free State of Prussia as the largest
West Germany (blue) and East Germany (red) and West Berlin (yellow)
Composition of German states' governing coalitions
Map of German districts. Yellow districts are urban, white are sub-urban or rural.

In all German states, except for the three city states, the primary administrative subdivision higher than a Gemeinde (Municipality) is the Landkreis (official term in all but two states) or Kreis (official term in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein).

- Districts of Germany

The Districts of Germany (Kreise) are administrative districts, and every state except the city-states of Berlin and Hamburg and the state of Bremen consists of "rural districts" (Landkreise), District-free Towns/Cities (Kreisfreie Städte, in Baden-Württemberg also called "urban districts", or Stadtkreise), cities that are districts in their own right, or local associations of a special kind (Kommunalverbände besonderer Art), see below.

- States of Germany
The Kingdom of Prussia (light gray) within the German Empire (1871–1918)

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Country in Central Europe.

Country in Central Europe.

The Kingdom of East Francia in 843
Martin Luther (1483–1546), Protestant Reformer
The German Confederation in 1815
Adolf Hitler, dictator of Nazi Germany (1933–1945)
German-occupied Europe in 1942 during World War II
American, Soviet, British, and French occupation zones in Germany and the French-controlled Saar Protectorate, 1947. Territories east of the Oder-Neisse line were transferred to Poland and the Soviet Union under the terms of the Potsdam Conference.
The Berlin Wall during its fall in 1989, with the Brandenburg Gate in the background
Physical map of Germany
Berchtesgaden National Park
German TPz Fuchs armoured personnel carrier
Frankfurt is a leading business centre in Europe and the seat of the European Central Bank.
An ICE 3 on the Cologne–Frankfurt high-speed rail line
Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria
Cologne Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Heidelberg University is Germany's oldest institution of higher learning and generally counted among its most renowned.
The Hospital of the Holy Spirit in Lübeck, established in 1286, is a precursor to modern hospitals.
A typical German Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in Dresden
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827), composer
The Brothers Grimm collected and published popular German folk tales.
Babelsberg Studio in Potsdam near Berlin, the world's first large-scale film studio
Bavarian Bratwurst with mustard, a pretzel and beer
The German national football team after winning the FIFA World Cup for the fourth time in 2014. Football is the most popular sport in Germany.
Germany hosted the 2022 G7 summit at Schloss Elmau, Bavaria.

Germany is situated between the Baltic and North seas to the north, and the Alps to the south; it covers an area of 357022 km2, with a population of over 83 million within its 16 constituent states.

Germany is divided into 401 districts (Kreise) at a municipal level; these consist of 294 rural districts and 107 urban districts.


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The historic settlement areas in present-day Schleswig-Holstein
The Limes Saxoniae border between the Saxons and the Obotrites, established about 810 in present-day Schleswig-Holstein
Results of the 1920 plebiscites in North and Central Schleswig
A German postage stamp conmemorating the Bonn-Copenhagen Declarations
Topographic map of Schleswig-Holstein
Boundarystone to the District of Ostholstein
The current Minister-President: Daniel Günther
Schleswig-Holstein's islands, beaches, and cities are popular tourist attractions. Shown here is the Isle of Sylt.
A Holstein heifer
Shrimp cutter near Südfall
Headquarters of Dräger in Lübeck
Geest (Island Sylt)
Seestermüher Marsh
Eckernförde Bay
Wadden Sea
Schleswig-Holsteinische Schweiz
Kieler Förde
Kiel Week 2019
Wacken Open Air Festival
Kiel Week 2019
Crab toast with dill
Holsteiner Sauerfleisch
Holsteiner Katenschinken
Kieler Sprotten
Birnen, Bohnen und Speck
Grünkohl mit Pinkel
NPP Krümmel
View form Elbe: Left is NPP Krümmel, right is the Research Center
KKK - NPP Krümmel, GKSS - Research Center
Brokdorf Nuclear Power Plant
Haithabu Museum
North Sea Coast at Amrum
Red Cliff (Sylt)
Lübeck City Hall
Historic City Center of Lübeck
Baltic Sea Coast at Timmendorfer Strand
Island of Heligoland
Kappeln Herring Day
Rosa Iceberg ("World-favorite Rose", 1983) from W. Kordes' Söhne
Tree nursery in Pinneberg
Greenhouse of Rosen Tantau
Rosa Apricola ("Goldenen Rose", 2005) from W. Kordes' Söhne
Cabbage Field
Lürssen-Kröger Shipyard Rendsburg
Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems Shipyards Kiel
Flensburg FSG Shipyard
Vossloh G 12
Vossloh DE 18
Vossloh G 2000 BB
Voith Gravita 15L BB
Voith Revita
Voith Maxima
Kiel-Canal as seen from the North-Sea
Kiel-Canal as seen from the Baltic Sea
A freighter in Transit through the Kiel Canal
Ferry Hochdonn
Pilot Station Rüsterbergen
Port of Lübeck
Port of Puttgarden
Port of Brunsbüttel
Port of Kiel
Universität zu Lübeck
Europa-University Flensburg
Christians-Albrechts-University of Kiel
University of Applied Sciences Lübeck
University of Applied Sciences Flensburg
University of Applied Sciences Kiel

Schleswig-Holstein (Slesvig-Holsten; Sleswig-Holsteen; ) is the northernmost of the 16 states of Germany, comprising most of the historical duchy of Holstein and the southern part of the former Duchy of Schleswig.

Schleswig-Holstein is divided into 11 Kreise (Districts) and four Kreisfreie Städte (Urban Districts).

North Rhine-Westphalia

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Map of the Lower Rhenish–Westphalian Circle in 1799 by John Cary
Ratification of the Peace of Westphalia of 1648 in Münster by Gerard Terborch
Geographic map of North Rhine-Westphalia
Landtag in Düsseldorf
ThyssenKrupp headquarters in Essen
Transportsystem Rhein-Ruhr in 2014
Stadtbahn in Dortmund
Autobahn A40 in Essen
Airport in front of Cologne's skyline
RWTH Aachen
Signal Iduna Park, the stadium of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, is the largest stadium in Germany.
Medieval architecture in Aachen
Cölner Hofbräu Früh in Cologne
Reinoldikirche and Alter Markt in Dortmund
The Historical City Hall in Münster
Gate and Tower of the medieval town-fortification in Warburg
Timber framing in Monschau
Schloss Nordkirchen
Eckmaenneken-House in Warburg; eldest-dated timber-framed-house of Westphalia
The Imperial Abbey of Corvey
Hermann's Monument nearby Detmold
Paderborn Cathedral
The Zeche Zollern in Dortmund
Hotel Römischer Kaiser in Düsseldorf
Neuer Zollhof in Düsseldorf
Haus Lange and Haus Esters in Krefeld
The Langen Foundation in Neuss
The Schwebebahn in Wuppertal
MARTa Herford
Augustusburg and Falkenlust
Aachen Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral
The Zollverein Coal Mine

North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen, ; Noordrien-Wesfale ; Noordrhien-Westfalen; Noodrhing-Wäßßfaale), commonly shortened to NRW, is a state (Land) in Western Germany.

The state consists of five government regions (Regierungsbezirke), divided into 31 districts (Kreise) and 23 urban districts (kreisfreie Städte).

Municipalities of Germany

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Municipalities (Gemeinden, singular Gemeinde) are the lowest level of official territorial division in Germany.

Municipalities (Gemeinden, singular Gemeinde) are the lowest level of official territorial division in Germany.

This can be the second, third, fourth or fifth level of territorial division, depending on the status of the municipality and the Land (federal state) it is part of.

The highest degree of autonomy may be found in the Gemeinden which are not part of a Kreis ("district").