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Oberfranken District (Bavaria, Germany)

Bezirk Oberfranken, Upper Franconia

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[Oberfranken District (Bavaria, Germany)]
by Marcus Schmöger

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The coat-of-arms of Oberfranken (since 30th May 1960) is very complicated. It combines the Franconian "saw-tooth" with symbols for Bamberg (the lion), the burgraves of Nuremberg (later princes of Brandenburg-Bayreuth: quartered Argent and Sable) and Coburg (the green rue crown). The official flag was adopted and approved together with the arms. It is horizontally divided white-red with the arms in the center. Source: Linder 1997 which is available online at the Der Flaggenkurier website. Further information at the Bezirk Oberfranken website (only illustration of the arms).

Marcus Schmöger, 27 January 2001

The lion covered with a thin white line [bendlet sinister] represents the Bishopric of Bamberg which owned large parts of the territory until the area was allocated to Bavaria. This image also appears in the arms of many counties (Kreise) in the area.

Stefan Schwoon, 30 January 2001

I have not got yet official information from the Bezirk to clarify the question of how the flag actually looks like, especially if it is used as a normal horizontal flag or as a hanging flag (Banner). A photo taken recently (April 2001) at the Bayreuth town hall shows the flag of the Bezirk Oberfranken as a horizontal flag. The above image is based on this photo. Other variants of the flag are used as well.

Marcus Schmöger, 10 May 2001

Hanging Flag

[Oberfranken District (Bavaria, Germany)]
by Marcus Schmöger

Obviously there are also hanging flags used in Oberfranken, not only hoisted (horizontal) flags. My image is made after a drawing in Dieter Linder, The "Höhere Kommunalverbände" in Germany, oral presentation during the 19th International Congress of Vexillology at York (23-27 July 2001) .

Marcus Schmöger, 21 October 2001