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State : Bayern
District (Kreis) : Passau (until 1973 Vilshofen)
Additions : 1972 Königbach; 1978 Voglarn (partly), Wolfachau

Wappen von Ortenburg/Arms (crest) of Ortenburg
Official blazon
German In Rot ein gegenästiger silberner Schrägbalken.
English blazon wanted


The arms are those of the Counts of Ortenburg. The city was a free county for many centuries and did not form part of Bayern until 1803. In 1811 the local council mentioned that no historical arms of seals were known. A few years later the above arms appeared on the local seal and mayor's chain.

In 1576 Emperor Rudolf II intended to grant the city and county its own arms, as a concept grant of arms still exists. This grant showed a divided shield, with in the upper half the arms of the Counts of Ortenburg, and in the lower half a castle. As no seals or images of these arms have ever been found, it is likely that the arms were never officially granted.

Wappen von Ortenburg/Coat of arms (crest) of Ortenburg

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925

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Literature: Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s