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Erding County (Oberbayern District, Bavaria, Germany)

Landkreis Erding

Last modified: 2003-08-09 by santiago dotor
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[Erding County (Oberbayern District, Bavaria, Germany)] 8:3
by Marcus Schmöger
Flag adopted 29th January 1957, confirmed 31st October 1972, coat-of-arms adopted 9th October 1953

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White-red-yellow with the arms, vertically hanging variety, as shown on Marcus Schmöger's Erding County website. Arms from Stadler 1964-1971.

Stefan Schwoon, 10 February 2001

Landkreis Erding adopted arms (blazon: Argent, a horse rearing Gules hoofed Or, a chief bendy lozengy Argent and Azure) on 9th October 1953 (with the approval by the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior) and the flag 29th January 1957. It was readopted 31st October 1972 (after the municipal reform). The flags are white-red-yellow with the arms. My image is very similar to flags actually used.

Marcus Schmöger, 31 March 2001

Adopted 31.10.1972, according to Dirk Schönberger's Administrative Divisions of the World website and Marcus Schmöger's Erding County website. From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The arms were granted on October 9, 1953 and confirmed on October 31, 1972. The arms show in the chief the arms of Bayern (Bavaria) and are a reminder of the fact that the Dukes of Bavaria had one of their castles in the area. The horse on the one hand symbolises the fact that this is the area of Bavaria with the most horses. On the other hand the horse was part of the arms of the Counts of Haag, whose original castle, the Fraunberg, is within the county.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1971.

Santiago Dotor, 15 November 2001

Municipal Flags

I have my own website on the arms and flags of Landkreis Erding (County Erding) in Bavaria. However, I would like to send improved images to FOTW. All of them are based on actual flag specimens photographed by me. Some of the GIFs are already at my website, some of them not. I prepared a manuscript on the flags of the Landkreis Erding for Der Flaggenkurier which hopefully will appear in the next issue.

Landkreis Erding is a county of 871 square kilometers situated north-east of Munich (Erding, the county capital, is some 40 km from Munich). It contains 26 municipalities, two of which are called Stadt (town) [Dorfen and Erding] and another two Markt (market-town), the rest are rural municipalities simply called Gemeinde. The two towns and two market-towns have traditional arms, all the other municipalities adopted arms between 1950 and 1983.

Of the 26 municipalities all but one use a municipal flag. For rural municipalities in Bavaria there is no long tradition of having their own flags. Thus all these flags in the Landkreis Erding have been adopted after 1945. However, as they are based on the colours of the arms, there are some misconceptions and urban legends in several of the municipalities, as regards the age of these flags.

The municipal flags in Bavaria are usually simple striped flags consisting of the colours of the arms. In most cases the arms is attached to the flag. The place of the arms and its size are not prescribed, but very frequently the arms appears offcentered to the top. Bavarian municipal flags are in most cases used as vertical flags, i.e. flags higher than wide. The two types frequently used are the Banner (a flag with a horizontal bar firmly attached, which is hoisted on the flagpole by pulling this bar to the top) and the Knatterfahne (a flag hoisted like a normal flag, but higher than wide [thus the hayard runs along the long side of the flag]). By the way, one should mention that municipal flags in Bavaria are usually called Gemeindefahne, not Gemeindeflagge.

All adoption dates, unless otherwise commented, mean the date when the appropriate authorities (Bavarian Ministry of the Interior, later the Government of Upper Bavaria) approved the adoption.

Marcus Schmöger, 31 March 2001

As for flag proportions, there is no specification (as usually), so my Landkreis Erding GIFs represent, as far as possible, the de facto situation. A proportion of 8:3 is not too uncommon for municipal flags, being simply 400 × 150cm.

Marcus Schmöger, 13 April 2002