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City of Bad Segeberg (Germany)

Stadt Bad Segeberg, Kreis Segeberg, Schleswig-Holstein

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Bad Segeberg city flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 22 Jun 2006
approved 2 June 1971 See also:

City of Bad Segeberg

Bad Segeberg City Flag

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is a white flag limited by two red horizontal stripes on the top- and bottom-edge. In the white stripe is the castle taken from the arms, slightly modified. Mountain and base are omitted, the portcullis is blue and the port is white.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Jan 2013

Bad Segeberg Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
On the base of a silver (= white) shield is a three-peaked mountain, divided per fess wavy into silver over blue. The mountain is crowned by a red castle, masoned black, consisting of an embattled wall, flanked by two low towers (which are denoted as "round" within source). The wall is crowned by a high central tower, topped by a blue roof. On both sides of the central tower there is a red banner, displaying a silver (= white) nettle leaf.
Stadler displays a different version (1940) of the arms, which today still is used on the seals of the city. The important alterations are: The roof is red. The mountain is green and not divided. The nettle leafs on the banners are superimposed by red rectangles. This configuration is denoted as a nettle-leaf-frame. The central tower is flanked by attributes on both outer chiefpoints: A red shield on the dexter side, bearing the nettle leaf , which is superimposed by an inescutcheon divided per fess into silver (= white) over red (probably representing Lübeck in the former arms), a blue helmet crested by two more banners as described above and by peacock feathers. Both attributes also allude to the counts of Holstein.
Segeberg is the capital of Segeberg County and gained city rights already in 1244. After the first fragmentation of Holstein in the 13th century Segeberg became for a while the ephemeral residence of a particular county. The arms displayed by Stadler are based upon seals from the 13th century. Prints are available since 1351. The mountain (German: Berg) is a canting element. The tower, i.e. the castle, is symbolizing the fortification, erected in 1133. The solution of Hupp is based upon seals from the 15th century, dispkaying a manor or palace with bannerets upon the roof.
The coat of arms was redesigned in 1971. The mountain is representing a mountain of chalk, and was thus displayed in silver since 1971. Today the Karl-May-Festival is held here every summer, telling the stories of Old Shatterhand and Winnetou in the wild west, still fascinating younger people. In the past besides the defence function the mountain had also an economic importance for the production of gypsum and hard plaster. The blue wavy base is symbolizing the title of a spa and the local lake. Helmet and shield from the former version had been omitted, because the banners had been considered as sufficient to stress the affiliation with the counts of Holstein. By changing the colour of the roof all colours of Schleswig-Holstein were represented in the new version. The castle was still representing the fortification on top of the mountain above the city.
All versions of the coat of arms are displayed in Ralf Hartemink's heraldry pages
Sources: Reißmann 1997, p.318 and Stadler 1970, p.96

Flag and coat of arms were approved on 2 June 1971. The artists are Wilhelm Horst Lippert (version 1971) and Johannes Holtz (version 1940).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Jan 2013

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