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Flag of Bavaria

Name Streifenflagge[1] (striped flag)
Use Civil and state flag, civil and state ensign Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side
Proportion 3:5
Adopted Historical
Design A bicolor of white over blue.
Variant flag of Bavaria
Name Rautenflagge[1] (lozenge flag)
Use Civil and state flag, civil and state ensign Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side
Proportion 3:5
Adopted 1953
Design An array of 21 or more lozenges of blue and white, with or without arms.

There are officially two flags of Bavaria: the striped type, and the lozenge type, both of which are white and blue. Both flags are historically associated with the royal Bavarian Wittelsbach family, which ruled Bavaria.[2]


Both horizontal and vertical flags with stripes or white and blue lozenges without arms can be considered official for use as state and civil flag and as civil ensign (on lakes and rivers). The variants defaced with the arms are unofficial. However, the de facto used civil flag is in most cases a lozenge-style flag with the arms and a very popular symbol of regional pride used and displayed throughout the state.

The exact shade of blue has never been set in stone, but most flags used by the public are approximately RGB 0-204-255; official use something closer to RGB 0-128-255. The lonzenges are neither set in number, except there must be at least 21, and the top right (incomplete) lozenge must be white.[3] Some people believe the lozenges to be representative of the lakes and rivers of Bavaria; or their color to be that of the lakes or the sky or both (as in the Bavarian anthem, which says 'die Farben Seines Himmels, Weiß und Blau' - 'the colors of His sky/heaven, white and blue'); but this has never been proven. The other argument is that they are historical.

See also

  • BMW (logo based upon the flag)


  1. ^ a b "Flag Legislation (Bavaria, Germany), Executive Order on Flags of 1954".  
  2. ^ Whitney Smith (1975), Flags Through the Ages and Across the World 
  3. ^ Marcus Schmöger (2001-01-28), Verwaltungsanordnung über die bayerischen Staatsflaggen (in Deutsch), retrieved 2008-11-24  (Translated.)
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