On my urban walk through Kindberg I came across the coat of arms of Roßdorf, a place near Darmstadt in Germany. I love the dreamy moon in this city arms. Why is this coat of arms displayed in Kindberg? The simple answer is: Kindberg and Roßdorf are twinned.
The city arms (Stadtwappen) of Knittelfeld display three white staves in a red field. The German tern for a stave is Knüttel, which could be the origin for the name Knittelfeld. The depicted coat of arms one can find at the Lutherstiege, an old staircase at the former town walls of the city.
The coat of arms of Neunkirchen display nine churches which refers to the meaning of the current city name (“Nine Churches”). Even though these city arms are a great example for canting arms the place was never known for nine churches. Actually the name origins from “new church”, a description which was used in the first mention of the place in 1094.
This manhole cover in Naumburg (Saale) displays the city arms. Interesting detail: Since 1993 the sword lays over the key. This manhole cover shows the older coat of arms with the key positioned over the sword.
The town coat of arms of Dornbirn displays a pear tree. The symbol of a pear tree refers to the -birn in the city name as the German term Birne stands for the fruit of a pear tree. In marked contrast to this interpretation the name Dornbirn origins from torrin puirron, how the place was called in a 9th-century document.
The federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was formed through the merger of the historic regions of Mecklenburg and Vorpommern after World War II. The both bull’s heads refer to Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the griffin is a symbol for Pomerania (Pommern), the eagle of Brandenburg refers to the Uckermark, which is divided between Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg today.
The manhole covers in Rostock display the coat of arms of the city. The coat of arms dating back to 1367 depicts a golden griffin of a blue field (representing the former princes of Rostock) with bars of silver and red (the colours of the Hanseatic League). As a member of the Hanseatic League the city is generally named Hansestadt Rostock.
This heraldic achievement is located at the former seat of the Swedish garrison commandant in Stralsund. It refers to the era when Stralsund was part of Swedish Pomerania. The coat of arms of Stralsund depicted in the blue field is supported by the Swedish lion and the Pomeranian griffin.