Can anyone help me find shapefiles of German states Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate (including their districts)?

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You can download them directly from the state department for cartography as these are listed as open data.

State Departement for Cartography and Geodesy - Open Data


This page https://osm.wno-edv-service.de/boundaries/ offers you all available boundaries from the openstreetmap project. For the states you mention, it is down to suburb level.

Alternatively, http://www.gadm.org/country offers shapefiles down to Landkreis level for Germany.


You could use free and open OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. They are licensed under Open Database License (ODbL).

Open this URL for Baden-Württemberg: http://overpass-api.de/api/interpreter?data=(rel(62611);%3E;);out; and this one for Rhineland-Palatinate: http://overpass-api.de/api/interpreter?data=%28rel%2862341%29;%3E;%29;out;

Open the files in Quantum GIS and "Save As" Shapefile. The difference between both urls is the "id". This id represents the OSM-relation. Every administrative boundary exists as a single OSM-relation.

In the OSM-Wiki you can find the ids of other "Bundesländer": http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/DE:Grenze#Bundesl.C3.A4ndergrenze_-_admin_level.3D4

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