Districts of Austria

Districts of Austria
Map of Austria subdivided in the 84 districts. In red the 15 Statutarstädte

Austria is divided into 84 political districts (Politische Bezirke), and 15 Statutarstädte which form their own districts.


The Austrian Bezirk is roughly equivalent to the Landkreis in Germany and County in the United States. The administrative office of a district, the Bezirkshauptmannschaft is headed by the Bezirkshauptmann. The districts are in charge of the administration of all matters of federal and state administrative law and subject to orders from the higher instances, usually the Landeshauptmann (governor) in matters of federal law and the Landesregierung (state government) in state law. Thus, the district is the basic unit of general administration in Austria.

Officials on the district level are not elected but appointed by the state government.

There are also independent cities in Austria. They are called Statutarstadt in Austrian administrative law. These cities are not part of any district and the city administration covers all matters usually a district administration would do.

Usually, an independent city is home to a district administration which is responsible for the surrounding area of the respective city. For example, Innsbruck is an independent city surrounded by the district "Innsbruck-Land" of which the district administration is situated in the city of Innsbruck.

Vienna, which is both a state and a Statutarstadt, is further subdivided into districts, which are divisions used for local administration by the city government.

For more information on Austrian administration, see States of Austria.

List of political districts

Political district Vehicle registration code Administrative center State
Amstetten AM Amstetten Lower Austria
Baden BN Baden Lower Austria
Bludenz BZ Bludenz Vorarlberg
Braunau am Inn BR Braunau am Inn Upper Austria
Bregenz B Bregenz Vorarlberg
Bruck an der Leitha BL Bruck an der Leitha Lower Austria
Bruck an der Mur BM Bruck an der Mur Styria
Deutschlandsberg DL Deutschlandsberg Styria
Dornbirn DO Dornbirn Vorarlberg
Eferding EF Eferding Upper Austria
Eisenstadt-Umgebung EU Eisenstadt Burgenland
Feldbach FB Feldbach Styria
Feldkirch FK Feldkirch Vorarlberg
Feldkirchen FE Feldkirchen in Kärnten Carinthia
Freistadt FR Freistadt Upper Austria
Fürstenfeld FF Fürstenfeld Styria
Gänserndorf GF Gänserndorf Lower Austria
Gmünd GD Gmünd Lower Austria
Gmunden GM Gmunden Upper Austria
Graz-Umgebung GU Graz Styria
Grieskirchen GR Grieskirchen Upper Austria
Güssing GS Güssing Burgenland
Hallein HA Hallein Salzburg
Hartberg HB Hartberg Styria
Hermagor HE Hermagor-Pressegger See Carinthia
Hollabrunn HL Hollabrunn Lower Austria
Horn HO Horn Lower Austria
Imst IM Imst Tirol
Innsbruck-Land IL Innsbruck Tirol
Jennersdorf JE Jennersdorf Burgenland
Judenburg JU Judenburg Styria
Kirchdorf an der Krems KI Kirchdorf an der Krems Upper Austria
Kitzbühel KB Kitzbühel Tirol
Klagenfurt-Land KL Klagenfurt Carinthia
Knittelfeld KF Knittelfeld Styria
Korneuburg KO Korneuburg Lower Austria
Krems-Land KR Krems an der Donau Lower Austria
Kufstein KU Kufstein Tirol
Landeck LA Landeck Tirol
Leibnitz LB Leibnitz Styria
Leoben LN Leoben Styria
Lienz LZ Lienz Tirol
Liezen LI (BA, GB)[1] Liezen Styria
Lilienfeld LF Lilienfeld Lower Austria
Linz-Land LL Linz Upper Austria
Mattersburg MA Mattersburg Burgenland
Melk ME Melk Lower Austria
Mistelbach MI Mistelbach Lower Austria
Mödling MD Mödling Lower Austria
Murau MU Murau Styria
Mürzzuschlag MZ Mürzzuschlag Styria
Neunkirchen NK Neunkirchen Lower Austria
Neusiedl am See ND Neusiedl am See Burgenland
Oberpullendorf OP Oberpullendorf Burgenland
Oberwart OW Oberwart Burgenland
Perg PE Perg Upper Austria
Radkersburg RA Bad Radkersburg Styria
Reutte RE Reutte Tirol
Ried im Innkreis RI Ried im Innkreis Upper Austria
Rohrbach RO Rohrbach im Mühlkreis Upper Austria
Salzburg-Umgebung SL Salzburg Salzburg
Sankt Johann im Pongau JO Sankt Johann im Pongau Salzburg
Sankt Pölten-Land PL Sankt Pölten Lower Austria
Sankt Veit an der Glan SV Sankt Veit an der Glan Carinthia
Schärding SD Schärding Upper Austria
Scheibbs SB Scheibbs Lower Austria
Schwaz SZ Schwaz Tyrol
Spittal an der Drau SP Spittal an der Drau Carinthia
Steyr-Land SE Steyr Upper Austria
Tamsweg TA Tamsweg Salzburg
Tulln TU Tulln Lower Austria
Urfahr-Umgebung UU Linz Upper Austria
Villach-Land VL Villach Carinthia
Vöcklabruck VB Vöcklabruck Upper Austria
Voitsberg VO Voitsberg Styria
Völkermarkt VK Völkermarkt Carinthia
Waidhofen an der Thaya WT Waidhofen an der Thaya Lower Austria
Weiz WZ Weiz Styria
Wels-Land WL Wels Upper Austria
Wiener Neustadt-Land WB Wiener Neustadt Lower Austria
Wien-Umgebung WU Klosterneuburg Lower Austria
Wolfsberg WO Wolfsberg Carinthia
Zell am See ZE Zell am See Salzburg
Zwettl ZT Zwettl Lower Austria

List of independent cities

City Vehicle registration code State
Eisenstadt E[2] Burgenland
Graz G Styria
Innsbruck I Tirol
Klagenfurt K Carinthia
Krems an der Donau KS Lower Austria
Leoben LE Styria
Linz L Upper Austria
Rust E[2] Burgenland
Salzburg S Salzburg
Sankt Pölten P Lower Austria
Schwechat SW Lower Austria
Steyr SR Upper Austria
Villach VI Carinthia
Waidhofen an der Ybbs WY Lower Austria
Wels WE Upper Austria
Wien (Vienna) W Wien (Vienna)
Wiener Neustadt WN Lower Austria
  1. ^ Vehicle registration plates issued in the district of Liezen usually show the LI-code. However, in the areas around Bad Aussee and Gröbming which are nevertheless part of Liezen district registration plates showing the BA- or GB-code respectively are issued.
  2. ^ a b The cities of Eisentadt and Rust share the E-code on their vehicle registration plates.

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