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Municipality and Spa of Heringsdorf (Germany)

Gemeinde Ostseebad Heringsdorf, Landkreis Vorpommern-Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Westpomerania

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Introduction

Heringsdorf is a municipality and a seaside resort town in Mecklenburg-Westpomerania, Germany. The municipality was formed in January 2005 out of the former municipalities of Heringsdorf, Ahlbeck and Bansin. From 1 January 2005 until 1 January 2006, the municipality was called Dreikaiserbäder (English: Three Imperial Spas) . From 1 January 2006 until 1 February 2007 she was renamed into Seebad Heringsdorf and then gained the tittle of a spa and was since then named Ostseebad heringsdorf. She is located on the north coast of the island of Usedom, about 10 km by rail northwest of Swinoujscie/ Poland.
Heringsdorf has been one of the most popular resorts on the German Baltic shore since its foundation. It consists of three parts: Ahlbeck on the Polish border, Heringsdorf proper (central part) and Bansin in the west. These three municipalities had been the favourite spas of the German Emperors, and had been well known as "bathtub of Berlin". It has scenic houses and mansions in the style of "Bäderarchitektur"
Jens Pattke, 5 Jun 2010

Current Flag

[Heringsdorf flag] 3:5 image by Jens Pattke, 5 Jun 2010

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. The flag is striped vertically, blue-white-blue (1:2:1) with the new coat of arms of Heringsdorf.
Source: [szh11], p.362
Jens Pattke, 5 Jun 2010

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
The new coat of arms of Heringsdorf is a blue shield with three silver waves. Above these waves a golden coronet is located.
Meaning:
The waves symbolize the three former municipalities Albeck, Bansin and Heringsdorf. The coronet is symbol of the name of "Dreikaiserbäder".
Source: [szh11], p.361
Jens Pattke, 5 Jun 2010

Flag and coat of arms were approved by minister of interior of Mecklenburg-Westpomerania on 15 April 2008, published in the roll of arms of Mecklenburg-Westpomerania as no. 0318.

Former Banner

[Heringsdorf former banner] image by Stefan Schwoon, 30 Aug 2011

Description of banner:
It was a white - blue vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the banner.
Source: Stefan Schwoon's database
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Aug 2011

Flag 1998 - 2004

[Heringsdorf flag 1998 - 2004] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Jan 2012

Description of flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It was an armorial flag
Source: [szh11], p.438
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Jan 2012

Former Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
In a blue shield are three silver (= white) herings ordered vertically.
Meaning:
The arms are probably canting.
Source:
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Aug 2011

The former flag was approved by minister of interior of Mecklenburg-Westpomerania on 2 March 1998, published in the roll of arms of Mecklenburg-Westpomerania as no. 0054. The former coat of arms was in use since 1905.

Ahlbeck Spa

Ahlbeck Flag 1997-2004

[Ahlbeck flag 1997-2004] image by Jörg Majewski, 6 Feb 2012

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is a white flag. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag. Beneath and above the shield is a pair of two blue fessy, wavy lines.
Source: [szh11], p.428
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Feb 2012

Ahlbeck Banner

[Ahlbeck former banner] image by Stefan Schwoon, 30 Aug 2011

Description of banner:
It is a blue over white horizontal bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag. This banner might be inofficial.
Source: Stefan Schwoon's database
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Aug 2011

Ahlbeck Coat of Arms


Description of coat of arms:
The shield is divided per bend into silver (=white) and blue. Above left the silver field is showing a red, rampant griffin, armed golden (= yellow) and tongued red. Below right the blue field is showing a silver (= white) eel.
Meaning:
The basic colours and the griffin are alluding to Prussian province of Pomerania. The eel is canting and also symbolizing fishery.
Source: [szh11], p.428
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Feb 2012

The flag (not the banner) was approved by minister of interior of Mecklenburg-Westpomerania on 22 December 1997, published in the roll of arms of Mecklenburg-Westpomerania as no. 0114, the coat of arms was approved by Prussian minister of state on 9 November 1929. The symbols became invalid on 1 January 2005.


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