Arms of Brodingberg, Austria

Brodingberg

Granted 1990

Blazon: Azure semé of hazelnuts a horse salient or

The hazelnuts are derived from the arms of the former municipality of Haselbach (or “Hazel Creek”), while the horse refers to the town’s former business of making deliveries by horse. The tinctures are taken from the arms of the abbey of Rein, who controlled the area after the Dukes of Styria.

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Arms of Brixlegg, Austria

Brixlegg

Granted 1927

Blazon: Per fess argent an eagle displayed gules, armed and crowned or (Tyrol) and of the second a triple mount in base of the first surmounted by a base wavy azure

The arms in the top half of the shield are those of Tyrol, the state where the city is located, and the bottom depicts the local mountains and the Alpbach stream.

Arms of Bretstein, Austria

Bretstein

Granted 2006

Blazon: Per fess argent a wood grouse proper and vert a demi-wheel of five spokes, two broken, issuant from the base of the first

The broken wheel may be a reference to St. Catherine, patroness of the local church. Unfortunately, the wood grouse has no discernible source. (And I am deeply horrified by the poorly photoshopped charge in this depiction. I cannot imagine what a town must have done to deserve that.)

Arms of Mainhardt, Germany

Mainhardt

Granted 1957

Blazon: Per pale sable a lion salient or and or issuant from a base vert a birch tree proper

The original coat of arms, granted 1927, was sable a lion [position unclear] argent bearing in the sinister paw an escutcheon of the field two lions passant in pale of the second and or from a triple mount issuant a tree vert. The arms in the escutcheon were those of the Hohenlohe dynasty, who ruled the area from 1416 into the 19th century. The blazon was altered to its current form when the arms were confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior in 1957, though the lion charge was preserved as a reference to the Hohenloes.

Arms of Breitenstein, Austria

Breitenstein

Granted 1992

Blazon: Vert per bendlet wavy sinister argent, in chief a bridge of two levels, the chief of four arches and the base of two, and in base a ruin or

The ruins in the sinister base are those of Klamm Castle, dating from about 1220. The castle was apparently founded by a pair of robber baron brothers who were later overthrown by Matthias Corvinus in 1487. The bridge belongs to the Semmering Railway, which was constructed between 1848 and 1854.