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City of Biesenthal (Germany)

Biesenthal-Barnim County, Brandenburg

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[Biesenthal town flag] 2:3; image by Wolfgang Coy, 20 Aug 2006
adopted 24. Nov 2003

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Biesenthal town (Stadt Biesenthal)

Biesenthal is a small town in Barnim county, c. 40 km northeast of Berlin in Brandenburg.
Stefan Schwoon, 6 April 2001

The animated flag of Amt Biesenthal-Barnim is quite different, horizontally green-white with different arms. It appears to be the same Biesenthal, but maybe the latter flag belongs to some supra-municipal authority.
Santiago Dotor, 14 June 2001

That's right. The city of Biesenthal is part of the Amt Biesenthal-Barnim, together with four other communes. In Brandenburg, an Amt is a level of administration between the counties and the individual communes. Such levels also exists in several other German states, possibly with different titles.
Stefan Schwoon, 14 June 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:
"Biesenthal received city rights in the early 14th century from the Counts of Brandenburg. The seals only showed the red eagle of Brandenburg until 1902, when the present arms were devised. Although the combination of eagle and castle looks historical, the arms thus are not very old."
Source: Bensing et al. 1984.
Santiago Dotor, 30 April 2002

As a resident of Biesenthal I want to make some comments.
The flag shown is fictional. The official flag is defined in the "Hauptsatzung der Stadt Biesenthal am 24. November 2003", where is stated:

§ 2 Wappen und Flagge (§ 12 GO)
(1) Das Stadtwappen zeigt auf weißem Untergrund zwei mit roten Zinnen versehene Spitztürme verbunden durch ein gelbes Tor mit angelassenem fünfzinkigen Fallgitter, darüber eine Mauer mit roten Zinnen; zwischen beiden Spitztürmen freischwebend zeigt es einen roten Adler mit ausgebreiteten Schwingen und geschlossenem Schnabel sowie gelben Fängen; als oberen Abschluß eine gelbe Mauer mit 3 Zinnen, unterbrochen von einer in der Mitte befindlichen schwarzen Tür mit roter Längstrennung und beidseitig je vier roten entgegenlaufenden Diagonalstreifen.
(2) Die Stadt besitzt eine Streifenflagge, bestehend aus zwei Querstreifen, deren oberer Streifen grün und unterer Streifen weiß gezeichnet ist. In der Mitte befindet sich das aufgelegte Wappen.

Which I condensate to:

- The background is green-white horizontally striped (not red-white).
- The hatchment is white and consists of three parts
   - two towers in red connected by a yellow arc (the latter is often drawn wrong in red), holding a paddle.
   - above is the Baarndenburgian eagle in red with yellow feet
   - above that is a city wall with three pinnacles all in yellow with a black door in the middle

You will find an approximation at the "Rathaus" (town hall) not up to the actual "Hauptsatzung".
Wolfgang Coy, 19 Aug 2006

Former Biesenthal flag

Former Biesenthal flag 3:5; by Stefan Schwoon, 14 June 2001
adopted 1994, abolished c. 2001

Since 1994 Biesenthal has a flag in the colours red-white with the arms. Source: Günther 1995.
Stefan Schwoon, 6 April 2001

This flag was used till c. 2001.
Source: This webage.
Jens Pattke, 20 Aug 2006