Mainkreis (Bavaria)

The Mainkreis (German: Main Circle) was one of the 15 administrative districts (German: Regierungsbezirke) of the Kingdom of Bavaria between 1806 and 1837 (after 1817 Obermainkreis) named after its main river Main. It was the predecessor of the Regierungsbezirk Oberfranken (Administrative Regional District of Upper Franconia).

Mainkreis (until 1817)
Obermainkreis (from 1817)
of the Kingdom of Bavaria
Eintheilung des Königreichs Baiern 1808.jpg
Districts of Bavaria, including Tyrol, in 1808
CapitalBamberg (1806–1812)
Bayreuth (1812–1837)
• 1810–1814
Friedrich Karl von Thürheim
• 1815–1832
Constantin Ludwig Freiherr von Welden
• 1832–1837
Ferdinand Freiherr von Andrian-Werburg
• Established
• Disestablished
Succeeded by
Upper Franconia
Upper Palatinate
Today part of Bavaria

Independent citiesEdit


The district was divided in the following judicial districts (Landgerichte = LG), according to the original borders of the districts of the former territories (Herrschaftsgerichte = HG):


In the years between 1806 and 1808 the Kingdom of Bavaria was divided in 15 (state) districts, whose names were taken from their rivers. The Mainkreis, with Bamberg as its capital, was initially composed of 18 rural divisions and, since 1809, of the independent cities of Bamberg and Schweinfurt. In 1810 it grew significantly with the annexation of the Naabkreis. It was again enlarged when it received 12 rural divisions from the former Principality of Bayreuth. The district's headquarters was then moved to Bayreuth. The Mainkreis was renamed in 1817 Obermainkreis [District of the Upper Main River] and slightly expanded. At the same time, a new district was created with the name of Untermainkreis [District of the Lower Main River]. At the request of King Ludwig I, the Territorial Reorganization (Gebietsreform) of 29 November 1837 was made by separating the Oberpfalz (Upper Palatinate) judicial districts from the former Naabkreis and renaming the shrunken ObermainkreisOberfranken” [Upper Franconia].


  • (de) Handbuch der bayerischen Ämter, Gemeinden und Gerichte 1799 - 1980 (Guide of the Bavarian Districts, Municipalities and Courts 1799 - 1980), written by Richard Bauer, Reinhard Heydenreuter, Gerhard Heyl, Emma Mages, Max Piendl, August Scherl, Bernhard Zittel and edited by Wilhelm Volkert, Senior Professor at the University of Regensburg, Munich, 1983, ISBN 3-406-09669-7