Last modified: 2022-06-04 by klaus-michael schneider
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The county uses an unofficial flag which is white with the coat-of-arms in the centre.
Source: Linder and Schmidt 2000
Stefan Schwoon, 28 Sep 2001
Shield Gules a fess Argent charged with an eradicated fir Vert, at dexter a glass Argent, at sinister an embattled tower issuant Argent with port and windows Sable masoned of the same, chief lozengy of Argent and Azure.
The arms combine elements of the arms of the former counties of Regen and Viechtach.The central part shows a canting eradicated fir (German: Fichte), which is also symbolising forestal riches and is the connecting element of both former arms. The silver (= white) tower in a red field on the sinister side is a symbol for the numerous castles and is representing former Viechtach county. The glass is representing the numerous glass kilns in the area and here also the former Regen County. The lozenges in the chief of the old arms are representing both, the Counts of Bogen and their successors of the Wittelsbach kin, as Dukes - and later Kings - of Bayern.
The lozenges were already used by the counts, who ruled a large part of the county in the 13th century. The fir tree is symbolising the Bavarian Forest (Bayrischer Wald). The glass is representing the numerous glass kilns in the area. Benedictine Niederalteich Abbey in the old arms is represented by the basic colours green and gold and the triplempount.
The shield of former Viechtach County was divided by a blue-silver (= white) bendy-paly (some call it lozengy) pale. The dexter side displayed in a red field a silver (= white), embattled tower, masoned black and with port and windows black. The sinister side displayed in silver (= white) field a green fir tree on top of a triple mount of the same colour. The central pale is alluding to the "Pfahl", a local rocky reef and a famous landmark. The lozenges in this case are not representing the Wittelsbach kin but the Lords of Nußberg instead. The triplemount is taken from the arms of the Benedictine Niederaltaich Abbey, established in 741. The fir tree is symbolising forestal riches.
Sources: Linder and Olzog 1996 and Stadler 1964, pp.75,92
Santiago Dotor, 10 Dec 2003 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2014
The new coat of arms was approved on 9 July 1975. The old coat of arms was approved on 30 June 1960. The coat of arms of former Viechtach County was approved on 13 September 1961.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2014
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