Coat of arms of Kindberg

Coat of arms of Kindberg, Austria

On my walk to an industrial heritage site next to Kindberg, I came across the city arms of Kindberg depicted in a not official town sign at the city boundary. The pic displays the inverted side of the city arms. The meaning refers to a legend that after a flood a missed child was found on top of a hill playing with flowers.

City arms of Knittelfeld

City arms of Knittelfeld, Austria

The city arms (Stadtwappen) of Knittelfeld display three white staves in a red field. The German term 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.

Coat of arms of Neunkirchen

City arms of Neunkirchen at the local city hall

The coat of arms of Neunkirchen displays nine churches which refer 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.

Manhole cover in Halle (Saale)

Manhole cover in Halle (Saale), Germany

This manhole cover in Halle (Saale) displays the coat of arms of the city. The city arms of Halle consist of a moon between two stars of different size. The colour of these symbols is red; the ground is silver.

Coat of arms of Dornbirn

Town coat of arms of Dornbirn, Austria

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.

Manhole cover in Mistelbach

Manhole cover in Mistelbach, Austria

The manhole cover of Mistelbach shows a sprig of mistletoe, which is also depicted in the city arms. The term ‘Mistel‘ in the city name is actually the german term for a mistletoe.

Coat of arms of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Coat of arms of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

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.

Coat of arms of Erfurt

Coat of arms of Erfurt, Germany

The coat of arms of Erfurt seen at the balcony of the Angerermuseum. It shows a silver wheel with six spokes on a red background. The similarity to the Wheel of Mainz (Mainzer Rad) reminds of the fact that Erfurt was part of the Electorate of Mainz until 1802.