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City of Barmstedt (Germany)

Stadt Barmstedt, Kreis Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Barmstedt flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 19 Jun 2006
approved 23 February 1989 See also:

Current Flag

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is a vertical red-white bicolour. The city's coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Nov 2012

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
The shield is divided per pale having a countercharged bordure showing the outer parts of a nettle leaf. The dexter side shows a black windmill in a silver (= white) field, the sinister side shows in a red field a silver (= white) knight in full armour holding a lance.
The coat of arms is a mirror image of the rulers in the middle ages. The knight is symbolizing the local von Barmstede kin, which had plenty of influence in the 12th century. The bordure is alluding to the counts of Schauenburg, whose Pinneberg branch line died out in 1640. In 1649 Barmstedt district (Amt Barmstedt) was sold to Christian Rantzau upon Breitenburg. The district was part of Rantzau county until 1726. The Rantzau family used a shield divided per pale into silver and red. Barmstedt became part of Pinneberg County under Prussian rule in 1867. The windmill is alluding to a windmill, which is said having existed since the middle ages.
Source: Reißmann 1997, p.82
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Nov 2012

The flag was approved on 23 February 1989. The coat of arms was granted on 8 August 1913 by Emperor Wilhelm II. The artist is Adolf Matthias Hildebrandt from Berlin.

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