Districts of Germany

Landkreis (official term in all but two states) or Kreis (official term in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein).

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

States of Germany

The Federal Republic of Germany, as a federal state, consists of sixteen partly sovereign federated states (Land (state), plural Länder (states); commonly informally Bundesland / federated state, plural Bundesländer / federated states).

The Federal Republic of Germany, as a federal state, consists of sixteen partly sovereign federated states (Land (state), plural Länder (states); commonly informally Bundesland / federated state, plural Bundesländer / federated states).

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.

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.

Germany

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

Schleswig-Holstein

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.

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.

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
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The current Minister-President: Daniel Günther
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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
Rapeseed
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 is divided into 11 Kreise (Districts) and four Kreisfreie Städte (Urban Districts).

North Rhine-Westphalia

State (Land) in Western Germany.

State (Land) in Western Germany.

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
Cologne
Düsseldorf
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
Externsteine
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

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

List of districts of Germany

Germany is divided into 401 administrative Kreis or Landkreis; these consist of 294 rural districts (Kreise [in North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein] and Landkreise), and 107 urban districts (Kreisfreie Städte or, in Baden-Württemberg only, Stadtkreise – cities that constitute districts in their own right).

The Ponce City Hall, in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, is the seat of the government for both the city and the surrounding barrios making up the municipality.

Municipalities of Germany

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.

The Ponce City Hall, in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, is the seat of the government for both the city and the surrounding barrios making up the municipality.

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

Independent city

City or town that does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity .

City or town that does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity .

In Germany, most of the federal states are subdivided into administrative districts called Kreise, each of which normally includes several towns or cities.

Hanover Region

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Hanover Region (Region Hannover) is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Saarbrücken (district)

The Regionalverband Saarbrücken is a Kommunalverband besonderer Art, an integration of a district (Kreis) and a district-free town.

German number plate, current format (FE-style)

Vehicle registration plates of Germany

German vehicle registration plates (Kraftfahrzeug-Kennzeichen or, more colloquially, Nummernschilder) are alphanumeric plates in a standardized format, issued officially by the district authorities to motorized vehicles of German residents.

German vehicle registration plates (Kraftfahrzeug-Kennzeichen or, more colloquially, Nummernschilder) are alphanumeric plates in a standardized format, issued officially by the district authorities to motorized vehicles of German residents.

German number plate, current format (FE-style)
1-letter area code Z for Zwickau
2-letter area code TR for Trier
3-letter area code CUX for Cuxhaven
Number plate in post-1994 format (FE-style)
Number plate in pre-1994 format (DIN-style), no longer issued but still in use.
Number plate with few characters, hence shorter than standard 520×110
Number plate for motorcycles, issued until 2011 (280×200)
Small number plate (255×130)
Map of German districts and their licence plate codes
Licence plate from the municipality of Büsingen, 1970s
Bus with repeater plate, due to the bike carrier
This plate from Frankfurt am Main bears the letters F ST, whereas FS T may be found on a vehicle from Freising
Very old example of a personalised plate, from Kiel
Example of banned combination (NS) which was issued accidentally.
Example of permitted combination AC-AB
Licence plate of a police car in Saxony
Fake number plate, seemingly from Munich but obviously not correct, due to the umlaut and the leading digit 0
Several shops advertising Schilder (plates), in the street of the registration authority
Example of a defaced plate – notice how the bottom seal is completely gone, due to scraping. From Kronach.
Plate of the German Chancellor
Bundeswehr (armed forces)
Bundesfinanzverwaltung (customs)
Vehicle of Baden-Württemberg state government
Bundespost vehicle, 1960s/70s, with old-style BP plate
Plate for tax-exempt vehicles
Plate for dealer′s cars (red colour, old DIN-style) for test drives.
Plate for vintage car collector
Plate for a specific vintage car
Plate for Plug-in electric vehicle
Seasonal number plate, here valid from 1 April to 31 October of each year
Interchangeable licence plate (Wechselkennzeichen)
Temporary plate (Kurzzeit-Kennzeichen); this one was valid until 9 March 2004
Licence Plate from Thuringia (1930s)
Army vehicle
occupation 1947 licence plate
“HK” number plate
Trabant with East Berlin licence plate
Number plate in the 1956 style, from Hannover
Citroen 2CV registered in Erfurt; pre-1994 typeface
Überlingen licence plate, reintroduced in Bodenseekreis in 2020
Insurance plates; the colour of the letters is changed every year.
Car with maximum speed reduced to 25 km/h, hence using an insurance plate.
lE-Scooter
Licence plate with part-plastic (1964); plate and area code are embossed whereas the identifier characters (J 5) are riveted on
All-plastic plate (2008)
Plastic licence plate (2013), characters clipped on
thumb|Detailed view of all-metal plate, characters partly worn off
FCN sticker on a licence plate (not exactly legal)
thumb|N plate with two middle letters from Nuremberg (Nürnberg) city
thumb|N plate with one middle letter from Nürnberger Land district
thumb|Two plates with {{lang|de|umlaut}}s, from Göttingen and Würzburg
Registration seal, City of Duisburg, pre-1994 version with city arms
Registration seal, City of Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, post-1994 version with state emblem
Registration seal (Coburg district, Bavaria)
Safety test sticker
Emission test sticker (1985—2010)
Safety test (here: valid until June 2007) and registration seal ({{lang|de|Fürth|italic=no}}, Bavaria)
Bundeswehr registration seal with the Bundesadler
{{lang|de|Bier}} means beer, of course…
…and {{lang|de|Geld}} means money
Guess which music this driver likes
Dial 110 for police
Official registered vehicle for {{lang|de|Technisches Hilfswerk}} (German Federal Agency for Technical Relief)
{{lang|de|Wasser- und Schifffahrtsverwaltung des Bundes|italic=no}}, here: South Office in {{lang|de|Würzburg|italic=no}}
Bundesgrenzschutz licence plate, old-style code BG, no longer issued
{{lang|de|Bundespolizei}} (Federal Police), code BP in use since 2005
Diplomatic plate, Indonesian embassy in Berlin
Plate for diplomatic employee, French embassy in Berlin
Consular corps plate in Hamburg
Special plate for vehicles to be exported ({{lang|de|Ausfuhrkennzeichen}})
Former special plate for vehicles to be exported ({{lang|de|Zollkennzeichen}}, customs plate) — no longer in use. It was replaced by the {{lang|de|Ausfuhrkennzeichen}} in the 1980s
Car with a combination of interchangeable and historic plate
Licence plate from Bavaria, American occupation zone
Licence plate from Schleswig-Holstein, British occupation zone
Licence plate from Saxony,{{efn|Saxony was abbreviated L for Leipzig, to avoid infamous SS.}} Soviet occupation zone

These letters formerly coincided with the German districts.