Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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Description of banner:
It is a green - white - red vertical tricolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: photo shot by M. Schmöger on 3 Oct 2001
Description of coat of arms:
The shield is divided per fess into silver (= white) and blue. Above is a red wheel, flanked by two green pines. Below is a silver (= white) nuclear powerstation.
The arms were approved in 1967 and are newly devised; there are no older arms or seals of the town known. Garching gained city rights in 1990. The wheel is an attribute of St. Catherine, patron saint of the local parish church. At the same time the wheel is a symbol for the trade along the road and the old postal station in Garching. It is also alluding to the old highway from Freising to München. Garching had been a coaching inn and a resting place of the waggoners. The pines are representing the Garching Heather, a sparsely forested heath in which the town is situated and a nature reserve. The powerstation with its dome was built as a research facility of the Technical University of München and started in 1957. The colours blue and white are those of the Free State of Bavaria.
Source: Stadler 1968, p.107
According to General Directorate of Bavarian State Archives the flag was approved on 18 April 1980. According to Stefan Schwoon the flag was in use first on occasion of the grant of city privileges in 1990.
Santiago Dotor, 12 April 2002 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Mar 2014
Well, it's not really a power station as it does not produce or provide (electrical) power to anyone; it's rather a research reactor, with a special shaped dome, colloquially called "Atom-Ei" (i.e. atomic egg).
M. Schmöger, 28 Mar 2014
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