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Bernburg City (Germany)

Stadt Bernburg, Salzland County, Saxony-Anhalt

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City of Bernburg

Bernburg is a town of approx. 35,000 inhabitants and the seat of a namesake county. According to Günther 1996a, the flag was black-yellow-black-yellow until 1950, black-yellow in 1961, and yellow-black with the arms today. If I recall correctly, the Counts of Bernburg became Dukes of Anhalt later on, and their arms - a black bear on top of a fortress wall, canting for Bernburg ('bear-fortress') - became the arms of Anhalt (see for instance the state arms of Saxony-Anhalt today). Bernburg is seat of Salzland County and had before been seat of Bernburg County.
Stefan Schwoon, 19 Apr 2001

Bernburg City Flag

It is a black over yellow horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Jörg Majewski, 24 Jan 2007

Bernburg City Vertical Flag

[Bernburg city vertical flag] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 24 Jan 2007

It is a black-yellow vertical bicolour with arms shifted to the top.
Jörg Majewski, 24 Jan 2007

Bernburg City Banner reported 1939

[Bernburg city banner 1939] image by Jörg Majewski and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Jan 2019

It is a 4-stripes banner with alternating vertical stripes of black and yellow. The arms without shield are in a white bannerhead.
Source: Neubecker 1939
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Jan 2019

Bernburg City Colours 1896

[Bernburg city colours 1896] 1:2 Bernburg city colours 1896 image by Tomislav Todorović, 21 Apr 2019

The colours were black and yellow, granted in 1896 by Duke Friedrich I of Anhalt.
Source: Anhaltischer Staats-Anzeiger, edition 7.11.1896, Dessau
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Apr 2019

Bernburg City Striped Flag

[Bernburg city 4-stripes flag] 1:2 Bernburg city colours 1896 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Oct 2019

The colours were granted in 1896 by Duke Friedrich I of Anhalt. These colours had been often realised as horizontal 4-stripes flag with alternating black and yellow stripes. They had been in use until about 1950, as there exist photos of this flag on occasion of the foundation of the DDR in 1949.
Source: Brockhaus Encyclopadia, vol. 23, supplements J-Z, Wiesbaden 1976 and City Archive Bernburg, Findbuch 9 Nr. 113
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Oct 2019

Bernburg City Coat of Arms

[Bernburg city CoA] image by Jörg Majewski, 24 Jan 2007

Shield Argent; a castle Gules, having an embattled wall masoned Sable, an open round arched port and two embattled towers Gules with cone roofs Azure and windows Sable ordered 2:1, each one topped by a ball Or; in port an inescutcheon as follows: parted per pale; at dexter Argent a demi-eagle Gules armed Or and couped per pale; at sinister barry of ten of Sable and Or, charged with a crancelin Vert in bend; between the towers a helmet Argent with visor Gules, plumes Or and Sable and topped by a coronet Or, crested by two crossed arms lozengy Argent, dressed Or and Sable per cross, each hand holding a bunch of peacock feathers Vert.
The arms of the city date from the oldest (still existing) seal from 1342. The city rights were granted in the early 13th century. Bernburg belonged to the Dukes of Anhalt-Bernburg, who built a large castle in the city. The arms show a city wall with in the gate the arms of the Dukes of Anhalt and their helmet and crest between the towers.
Source: Ralf Hartemink's webpage, based on Bensing et al. 1984.
Santiago Dotor, 23 May 2002 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Aug 2018

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