District (Bavaria)

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The 7 districts of Bavaria

A district is Bavaria a as the third local level above the communities furnished (first level) and circles (second level) municipal authority . The term is defined in Article 1 of the District Code for the Free State of Bavaria as follows:

"The districts are regional authorities with the right to regulate and administer supra-local matters within the framework of the law that go beyond the jurisdiction or the capabilities of the districts and independent municipalities and whose importance does not extend beyond the area of ​​the district."

In Germany, apart from Bavaria, this level also exists, for example, in the formerly Bavarian Palatinate in Rhineland-Palatinate (see under District Association Palatinate ) or in the Stuttgart region in Baden-Württemberg , in a broader sense ( Higher Municipal Association ) also in Lower Saxony and in North Rhine-Westphalia as well as in Hesse and Saxony .

District and administrative district

District and administrative district are geographically identical in Bavaria, but legally different constructs. The terms district and district were also used historically differently in Bavaria. The precursors of today's (government) districts are the districts, the precursors of today's districts are the district offices. In 1819, after the Congress of Vienna and its follow-up treaties, the Kingdom of Bavaria consisted of eight districts, which were named after rivers based on the French model: the Isar District, the Lower Danube District, the Regen district, the Upper Main District, the Rezat District, the Lower Main District, the Upper Danube District and the Rhine District . These historical districts correspond today - largely identical in area - to the administrative districts of Upper Bavaria, Lower Bavaria, Upper Palatinate, Upper Franconia, Middle Franconia, Lower Franconia and Swabia. As a result of historical events, the Rhine District ("Rheinpfalz" or "Rheinbayern") was for the most part in today's state of Rhineland-Palatinate , and in its western parts ( Homburg ; Blieskastel ) in today's state of Saarland .

District area

Article 7 of the district regulations for the Free State of Bavaria regulates the area of ​​a district. It consists of "[The] total area of ​​the districts and municipalities allocated to the district [...]"

Administrative district

According to Article 9 Paragraph 1 of the Constitution of the Free State of Bavaria , the Bavarian State is divided into districts , which are called administrative districts .

Relation to the administrative districts

The districts are self-governing bodies to which several districts have merged or have merged. The districts of a district each belong to an administrative district of the same name , the area of ​​responsibility of the district government (often just called government for short ) as a central state authority . In contrast to the district offices , which are state and municipal authorities at the same time (“ Janus-faced ”), there are separate authorities in Bavaria with the district administrations and the governments .

The seven districts in Bavaria

location coat of arms Administrative district Capital District day AGS Abbr. Area
(December 31, 2018)
per km²
Bavaria rboberbayern.png Coat of arms Upper Bavaria.svg Upper Bavaria Munich District day of Upper Bavaria 091 IF 17,529.63 4,686,163 267
Bavaria rbniederbayern.png Coat of arms district Niederbayern.svg Lower Bavaria Landshut District Day of Lower Bavaria 092 NB 10,329.91 1,238,528 120
Bavaria rboberpfalz.png Coat of arms Oberpfalz.svg Upper Palatinate regensburg District day of the Upper Palatinate 093 OPf. 9,691.03 1,109,269 114
Bavaria rboberfranken.png Coat of arms of the district of Upper Franconia2.svg Upper Franconia Bayreuth District day of Upper Franconia 094 Offr. 7,231.00 1,067,482 148
Bavaria rbmittelfranken.png Middle Franconia Wappen.svg Middle Franconia Ansbach District day of Middle Franconia 095 Mfr. 7,244.85 1,770,401 244
Bavaria unterfranken.png Lower Franconia Wappen.svg Lower Franconia Wurzburg District day of Lower Franconia 096 Ufr. 8,530.99 1,317,124 154
Bavaria rbschwaben.png Coat of arms Swabia Bavaria.svg Swabia augsburg District day of Swabia 097 Schw. 9,992.03 1,887,754 189
Locator map Bavaria in Germany.svg Bavaria Wappen.svg Bavaria Munich 09 BY 70,549.44 13,076,721 185


The organs of the district are the district assembly , the district committee and the district assembly president ( Art. 21 District Code - BezO ).

District day

The district days have been elected together with the Bavarian state parliament since 1954 . The number of district councils is currently between 16 (Upper Palatinate, Upper Franconia) and 82 (Upper Bavaria).

There is no explicit threshold clause .

District Committee

The district committee is a committee prescribed by the district regulations. The district committee consists of the district council president in Upper Bavaria and twelve district councils in the other districts. He prepares the meetings of the district assembly and decides on the questions assigned to him by the district assembly.

The district assembly can set up further committees.

District President

The district assembly president elected from the middle of the district assembly represents the district externally. He chairs the meetings of the district day and the district committee. It implements the resolutions of the district assembly and its committees and handles the current affairs of the district. The district council president is an honorary officer of the district; so he performs this task on a part-time basis.


The districts perform those tasks that go beyond the competence and capabilities of the independent cities and districts. They create public institutions that are necessary for the social, economic and cultural well-being of the population. For example, they are the carriers of psychiatric and neurological specialist hospitals, specialist clinics, technical and special schools and open-air museums. Furthermore, they are supra-local social assistance providers. In other federal states, for example, these tasks are partially carried out by the landscape associations or state welfare associations .


The Kingdom of Bavaria was divided into 15 districts in 1808, whose names were based on rivers. Their names and their territorial scope appear obsolete today: Mainkreis ( Bamberg ), Pegnitzkreis ( Nuremberg ), Rezatkreis ( Ansbach ), Nabkreis ( Amberg ), Regenkreis ( Regensburg and Straubing ), Altmühlkreis ( Eichstätt ), Oberdonaukreis ( Ulm ), Lechkreis ( Augsburg ) , Isarkreis ( Munich ), Salzachkreis ( Burghausen ), Unterdonaukreis ( Passau ), Illerkreis ( Kempten with Vorarlberg ), Innkreis ( Innsbruck ), Eisackkreis ( Brixen and Bozen ) and Etschkreis ( Trient ). In 1810 six districts (Pegnitz, Nab, Altmühl, Lech, Eisack, Etsch) were dissolved, and in 1814 another district ( Inn ). After the Congress of Vienna in 1816, the Rhine District , later Palatinate , was formed as a new district, as was the Lower Main District ( Würzburg ). By 1817, two more districts ( Iller and Salzach ) were dissolved due to the assignment of territories , so that when the administration was restructured in 1817, there were only eight districts. In 1838 these were named after the old duchies instead of the river names. The new names were later transferred to the Bavarian administrative districts that still exist today (minus the Palatinate) .

The forerunner of today's districts as a political level of representation was the General Council from 1816 to 1820, which only existed in the Rhine district . From 1820 the district administrator (not to be confused with today's political office) was created, which was also introduced in the Kingdom of Bavaria on the right bank of the Rhine from 1828 . From 1852 to 1919 there were district communities with the district administrator as the representative body. From 1919 to 1933 today's districts were referred to as districts ; the district council served as a representative body. From 1933 to 1945 the names were district association and district association day . The term used since 1946 for the third political level is the nowadays unreservedly naturalized term district or administrative district , although the constitution of the Free State of Bavaria - owing to the original tradition - still speaks of circles .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b District regulations for the Free State of Bavaria
  2. ^ Constitution of the Free State of Bavaria
  3. Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data Processing: Population: districts, gender, nationality, reference date. Retrieved September 24, 2014 .