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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

HÖCHSTADT AN DER DONAU

State : Bayern
District (Kreis) : Dillingen an der Donau

Origin/meaning:
Höchstadt is known since the 11th century and was in the 12th century a possession of the Staufen dynasty, which had a vassal living in the local castle. A Lord Ulrich of Hochstetten is mentioned in the last decennium of the 12th century. When Höchstadt became city is not clear. Castle and city became a possession of the Kings of Bayern in 1268.
The oldest known seal of the city is known since 1321, and shows a tower, standing on a mountain. This may be a canting image (the name means High-city). On the tower a small shield with the Bavarian arms can be seen. In later seals the basic image remains the same, but the building itself sometimes has one, sometimes three towers. Since the 16th century the tower is round and has the three small towers as in the present arms. The small Bavarian shield is always present. The colours are also known from the same century (roll of arms of 1555). The present arms have thus not basically changed since the 13th century and were granted in 1819.

Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes. Further information about the city can be found here.



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