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Munich County (Germany)

Landkreis München, Oberbayern District, Bavaria

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[Munich County (Oberbayern District, Bavaria, Germany)] 5:2 image by Stefan Schwoon
Flag adopted 4 Jul 1974, coat-of-arms adopted 3 Apr 1957 Other Munich County pages: See also:


Blue-white-blue with the arms. The flag is described in the county website. Arms from Stadler 1964-1971. München County had no flag before the 1972 municipal reform, but kept its arms and adopted a flag after it.
Stefan Schwoon, 9 Jul 2001

Both vertical and horizontal versions are legally correct, but we can confirm (through Marcus Schmöger's and my own observations) that the vertical variants are the ones in actual use.
Stefan Schwoon, 24 Sep 2001

Adopted 4 Jul 1974, according to Dirk Schönberger's Administrative Divisions of the World website.
From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:
"The arms were granted 3 Apr 1957 and confirmed 18 Aug 1972. The dexter part shows the arms of Bavaria, mainly as the county is made up of several old territories (Ämter) in the Kingdom of Bavaria. The sinister part simply shows the colours of the city of München. The wavy bend symbolises the Isar river.
Literature: Stadler 1964-1971."
Santiago Dotor, 15 Nov 2001

Horizontal Variant

[Munich County (Oberbayern District, Bavaria, Germany)] 3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon
Flag adopted 4 Jul 1974, coat-of-arms adopted 3 Apr1957

Municipal Flags

The county Munich (Landkreis München) comprises 29 municipalities around the city of Munich - not including the city itself which has county rights on its own. The book Landkreis München, 1979, issued by the county itself lists flags for some of the municipalities. As usually with Bavarian civic flags, only the colours are given, the exact usage (with or without arms, hanging or horizontal flag format etc.) is not specified. Even though I live in Munich, I haven't had the opportunity to look for the flags in the villages yet, since they are only flown at special occasions, or on the general flag days. The book lists the following:

- Aschheim: black-white-blue with arms
- Aying: blue-white-blue, possibly with arms
- Garching: green-white-red with and without arms
- Feldkirchen: yellow-blue-white with the arms
- Grasbrunn: yellow-red
- Gruenwald: white-green
- Haar: green-white
- Höhenkirchen: green-white
- Neubiberg: white-blue-yellow
- Neuried: green-yellow
- Planegg: red-white
- Pullach: white with arms
- Sauerlach: black-white-green, possibly with arms
- Unterföhring: blue-yellow-red

Even in the cases where the arms are not specially mentioned I would guess that they are often used. I have no information about the other municipalities at this time.
Stefan Schwoon, 2 Apr 2001

County München:

The municipalities in the northern part of this county I had already visited, but I wanted to take some better fotos, if weather conditions would allow.
Garching: Banner v-w-r with coa
Ismaning: Banner n-w with coa; this flag is interesting enough, as it is one of the rare municipal flags with the colour combination black and white, and the coa shows a moor's head with dark brown colour, so we have black *and* dark brown in this flag.
Coa description: Per fess of Argent, a moor's head proper crowned Gules, and Sable, three lozenges Argent.
The lozenges do not have any connection to the Bavarian lozenges, but are from the coa of the family Ecker; one of them was an important prince-bishop of Freising, where Ismaning belonged to territorially. The moor's head is from the Freising bishopric arms, as in many coas in our area. The coa was granted 1929, about the flag I have no adoption date.
[Ismaning CoA] image by Marcus Schmöger, 23 Jun 2003

Unterschleißheim: Banner v-y-b with coa

no flagging: Oberschleißheim, Aschheim, Feldkirchen
Marcus E.V. Schmöger, 23 Jun 2003