The Isarkreis (German: Isar District) was one of the 15 administrative districts (German: Bezirke or Regierungsbezirke) of the Kingdom of Bavaria between 1806 and 1837. It is named after its main river, the Isar. It was the predecessor of the Regierungsbezirk Oberbayern (Administrative District of Upper Bavaria).

of the Kingdom of Bavaria

Districts of Bavaria, including Tyrol, in 1808
Succeeded by
Upper Bavaria
Today part of Bavaria

Independent cities


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 into 15 districts. Their names were taken from their main rivers. The Isarkreis, with Munich as its capital, was initially composed of 14 rural divisions and, since 1809, of the independent cities of Munich and Landsberg. In 1810, the Isarkreis was expanded. In 1817, there was another reshuffle; some areas were added and other ones given to the Upper Danube District (Oberdonaukreis). In another territorial reorganization initiated by King Ludwig I on 29 November 1837, the Isarkreis was renamed Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern).


  • (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
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