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City of Pinneberg (Germany)

Stadt Pinneberg, Kreis Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein

Last modified: 2012-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Pinneberg city flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 20 Jun 2006
approved 25 November 1960

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Current Flag

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is a white flag having red horizontal stripes at the top- and bottom edge. The coat of arms is in the white stripe and shifted to the hoist.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Nov 2012

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
In the base of a red shield is a green mountain having three peaks. The mountain is superimposed by a silver (= white) fess wavy. On top of the mountain stands a silver (= white) embattled castle having three levels. The castle has an open gate with a golden (= yellow) portcullis. The castle is flanked by two golden (= yellow) 6-point stars.
The castle is representing the times, when Pinneberg had been capital of a county having the same name. Location and castle had been mentioned first in 1531. The castle was residence of the Pinneberg branch line of the counts of Schauenburg for a while. When the Schauenburg kin died out in 1640 the castle deteriorated and was demolished in 1720. In the 18th century Pinneberg was seat of a "Drost", a bailiff of the king of Denmark. In 1826 Pinneberg gained the rank of a market town (Flecken). Later a station of the Altona-Kiel-Railways was established. Finally in 1875 the town gained the rank of a city. The origin of the stars is not known. The mountain is representing the Schloßberg and the fess wavy the little Pinnau river.
Source: Reißmann 1997 , p.271
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Nov 2012

The flag was approved on 25 November 1960, The arms had been granted on 20 November 1900 by Emperor Wilhelm II, the current version was confirmed on 25 November 1960. The artisst are Wilhelm Horst Lippert from Brunsbüttel and Max Kirmis from Neumünster. Pinneberg is the seat of Pinneberg County.

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