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State : Sachsen
Urban District (Kreisfreie Stadt) : Zwickau
Additions: 1895 Pölbitz; 1902 Marienthal; 1905 Eckersbach; 1922 Weissenborn; 1923 Schedewitz; 1939 Brand, Bockwa; 1944 Obehohndorf, Planitz (1923 Niederplanitz, Oberplanitz); 1953 Auerbach, Pöhlau, Niederhohndorf; 1993 Hartmannsdorf; 1996 Rottmannsdorf; 1996 Crossen (1994 Schneppendorf); 1999 Cainsdorf, Mosel, Oberrithenbach, Schlunzig

Wappen von Zwickau/Arms (crest) of Zwickau


The oldest known seal of the city dates from the early 13th century and showed the three towers. In the 14th century the seals sometimes showed three swans, which were falsely derived from the idea that the name was derived from Cygnea, or swan-city. The above arms first appeared in 1560.

I have no information on the background and meaning of the crest.

Coat of arms (crest) of Zwickau

The arms in a 16th century manuscript
Wappen von Zwickau/Coat of arms (crest) of Zwickau

Seal of the city from around 1900
Wappen von Zwickau/Coat of arms (crest) of Zwickau

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Wappen von Zwickau/Coat of arms (crest) of Zwickau

Municipal stationery, 1960s

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Literature: Bensing et al., 1984; Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s