The Flag of Berlin

The flag of Berlin consists of three horizontal stripes in the colors black, red, and white, arranged from top to bottom. Centered on the flag is Berlin's coat of arms, featuring a black bear standing on its hind legs inside a white shield. This emblem is a longstanding symbol of the city. The bear is also a rebus on the city's name, creating a visual play between the city's symbol and its name. The proportions of the flag are 3:5, and it comes in two variants: one for civil use by the citizens and another official version for government use, which includes a special border of oak leaves.

The Flag of Berlin

History

The flag of Berlin was officially adopted on 26 May 1954, although variations of the flag have been in use since the 19th century. The colors black, red, and white have been associated with Berlin from as early as the 1700s. The bear has been a symbol of Berlin since the Middle Ages, reflecting its significance in local legend, heraldry, and identity. The adoption of the current flag design in 1954 followed the end of World War II and the division of Berlin into East and West. This period necessitated the re-establishment of Berlin's identity, and the flag played a critical role in symbolizing the city's unity and resilience. Over the years, the flag has become a proud emblem of Berlin, representing its history, culture, and the spirit of its people. Despite Berlin's tumultuous history, including its division during the Cold War, the flag has remained a constant symbol of the city's enduring identity and aspirations.