State Governments of the German federal states

All the 16 Federal States at a glance. The official portals of Germany’s states let you take care of official business online or contact State governments and State parliaments.

Parlament Kiel

Bavarian State Government

Bavarians, Franconians and Swabians have different dialects. However, the political leadership is the same for all of them: the Bavarian State Government runs the state business in the largest Federal State in the South of Germany.

Hessian Government

The resort town Wiesbaden, once the seat of the principality of Nassau-Usingen, lies sheltered between the Taunus Mountains and the Rhine. Today the Hessian government is located there, guiding the politics of the Federal State whose actual center and junction is the banking metropolis Frankfurt am Main.

State Government of Baden-Württemberg

The State Government of Baden-Württemberg runs the Federal State that is third-largest in size. The seat of the Minister President is in the Villa Reitzenstein in Stuttgart. This virtual path takes you to him and the 12 ministers of the Swabian cabinet.

State Government Brandenburg

The largest of the new Federal States stretches from the Uckermark to the Elbe-Elster Valley. From Potsdam the State Government Brandenburg (Landesregierung Brandenburg) guides policy in the Northeast of the Republic.

State Government Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

Schwerin is the seat of the State Government Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (Landesregierung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). On their official website, the leaders of the state express optimism for progress in the Northeast of Germany.

Lower Saxon State Government

Between the North Sea, the Ems and the Elbe, the heath and the Harz, the Lower Saxon State Government runs the state affairs of the second-largest Federal State. Here a variety of media enable you to follow Lower Saxony’s government policy.

North Rhine-Westphalia

From coal and steel to high-tech, fashion and theater: North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous German state and the largest industrial area in Germany, is quickly becoming a megalopolis for culture and research. “NRW” boasts the most dense research network in Europe and – in addition to New York and Paris – has been named as one of the most important cultural regions in the world by the UNESCO.


Take your pick of Riesling, Müller-Thurgau or Silvaner: Rhineland-Palatinate is Germany’s first and foremost wine-producing state, harvesting two thirds of all the wine grapes grown in Germany. The official portal provides you with information on the state and its inhabitants, regional industries and popular tourist attractions of world renown.

Saarland State Government

Foreign policy is a big issue in the Saarland, the Federal State with the most European neighbors. The Saarland State Government (Saarländische Landesregierung) produces state policy from Saarbrücken.

Saxon State Government

The Saxon State Government is in charge of making political decisions in the eastern-most state of Germany. The offices of the Minister-President and his Cabinet are located in Dresden, the historic metropolis on the banks of the Elbe River. The executive of the Free State of Saxony shapes the state politics for its citizens between Vogtland in the south and Upper Lusatia in the north.

Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

The Roland Pillar on the Bremen marketplace symbolizes the city’s freedom. Following this tradition, the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen still governs Bremen as a city-state today and that also includes the port of Bremerhaven. The Cabinet meets in the magnificent City Hall in Bremen, a place that has been the venue of important political decisions for close to 600 years.

Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Politics in the world’s harbor city: The Lord Mayor and his Senators are responsible for keeping Hamburg on course. The Senate is the state government as well as the highest organ of the municipal government in this beautiful city on the shores of the River Elbe. The inhabitants of Hamburg are particularly proud of their parliament building: City Hall on the Kleine Alster boasts a magnificent façade in the style of the German Renaissance.

Berlin Senate

The Berlin Senate has its offices in the “Red Town Hall” on Alexanderplatz. The website of the capital city’s government lets you peek into the brick walls.