A Burgermeister is chairman of the executive council (or cabinet) in many towns and cities in Germany. In France, the person is called a maire. In the Netherlands the person is called the burgemeester. The title is usually translated into English as Mayor, but the position of mayor is not quite the same as the Burgermeister.
- Bürgermeister, is used in Germany and Austria. It was used in Switzerland until the mid-19th century. In Switzerland now various names are used instead, such as Gemeindepräsident, Stadtpräsident, Gemeindeammann, and Stadtammann.
- In city-states there can be more than one Bürgermeister. The senior one, equivalent to the Minister-President has an extra title
- Many large cities also have more than one Bürgermeister, the senior is usually called the Oberbürgermeister or Lord Mayor.
Ober- is put in front of many title to show that it is higher than another, especially in military.
- Präsidierender Bürgermeister ('Presiding Bürgermeister') is a name sometimes seen in old documents and books.