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Nuremberg (Germany)

Stadt Nürnberg, Mittelfranken District, Bavaria

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[City of Nuremberg (Bavaria, Germany)] 3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon

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Nuremberg flag

Red over white, presently without the arms.
Dieter Linder, 18 Nov 1998

Red-white bicolor. Sources: Staack 1997 and Stadler 1964-1971.
Stefan Schwoon, 5 Mar 2001

Colours from the sinister escutcheon of the arms. From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:
Nürnberg became a city in 1219 and became one of the most important cities in present Bavaria. The city uses two different arms; the greater arms with the eagle with a king's head and the lesser arms with the eagle and red bends. Both were adopted in 1936. The lesser arms are known as the real arms since 1240, where they are first mentioned. The arms showed a shield divided in five bends silver [white] and red. The arms are probably derived from the arms of the first viscounts of Nürnberg. During the centuries the number of bends changed regularly and were finally fixed in 1936.
Literature: Stadler 1964-1971.
Santiago Dotor, 11 Jan 2002

Flag in 1938

There is a photograph in this website of Hitler reviewing a parade in downtown Nuremberg in 1938. It shows a close up of a vertical flag, red and white stripes with in the upper part a plain blue square with a golden eagle. Is it a Nuremberg flag?
Santiago Tazón, 18 Nov 2001

Obviously it is a Nuremberg city flag, yes. The city colours are red-white, and therefore the flag (as quite usual a hanging flag) is striped in these colours. Furthermore the arms is shown, here in a field at the top of the flag. The arms shows a golden eagle [with crowned, human head] on blue (see the International Civic Arms website). The arms in this flag is more stylized than usual, though.
Marcus Schmöger, 18 Nov 2001

I had seen a similar picture before in black and white, but it was captioned something like "Nuremberg congress ca. 1935" so I was hesitant to report it as 'evidence' that at least city flags had not been really abolished in 1935, nor completely fallen into disuse after that date. The above picture is linked from this page according to which the original source is the cover of the first October 1938 issue of NS Frauen-Warte.
Santiago Dotor, 19 Nov 2001

Here is a picture showing a poster for the 'Reichsparteitag Nürnberg', identified in the url as dating from 1939 (although the map of Germany, too, is a pointer): We see the city flag with the 'humanised eagle' on the castle and although this is not a photo, at least it indicates that the authorities were willing to show this flag. (On the other hand it could be an idealized rendering, or one showing a situation a few years earlier).
Anyway, there's the poster. Ah yes, there's an ugly finial as well.
Jan Mertens, 5 Jun 2004

City flags were never abolished, only Länder and Prussian provincial flags were abolished. This led to the fact, for instance, that the flag of Lübeck fell out of use as a flag of a Land, but continued as city flag (newly regulated 22 Dec 1935). I guess (but do not know exactly) that it was similar in Hamburg and Bremen.
Marcus Schmöger, 8 Jun 2004