Germany is divided into 401 administrative Kreis or Landkreis; these consist of 294 rural districts ( German: 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).
These are known as "urban districts" (German: kreisfreie Städte or Stadtkreise )—cities which constitute a district in their own right—and there are 107 of them,  bringing the total number of districts to 401. As of 2016, approximately 26 million people live in these 107 urban districts. 
In Germany an Urban District is a large town or city that is responsible for its own local government. Germany is divided into 429 districts. 313 are rural districts and 116 urban districts which are listed below. It is not part of a rural district, or county. In some states, there is another level of government, the Regierungsbezirk or governmental district. Several urban and rural districts are joined together to make a regierungsbezirk, which does some of their jobs, especially ...
Germany is divided into 402 administrative districts. These consist of 295 rural districts ( Landkreise ), listed fully here, and 107 urban districts ( Kreisfreie Städte / Stadtkreise) - cities which constitute a district in their own right. References ↑ Translation: European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation (DGT), Annex 5
- Types of Districts
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Most of the districts are rural districts (Landkreise). There are 295 Landkreise. Cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants (and smaller towns in some states) are not usually part of a district, but do the work of a district themselves. These are known as urban districts (Kreisfreie Städte or Stadtkreise) The equivalent in the United Kingdom is a u...
The districts are responsible for the following: 1. according to federal and regional laws: 1.1. the building and upkeep of B roads 1.2. other building plans which cover more than one local authority's area 1.3. caring for national parks 1.4. social welfare 1.5. youth welfare 1.6. the building and upkeep of hospitals 1.7. the building and upkeep of...
The district council, the Kreistag, is the legislative body of the district and is responsible for local self-administration. The parliament is elected every five years, except in Bavariawhere it is elected every six years.
The person in charge of the district's government is the Landrat or Landrätin. In parts of northern Germany, this is also the name of the district administration, in southern Germany it is known as Kreisverwaltung.