The flying of the Austrian flag can pay tribute to your heritage. There are many that are readily available from eBay. The colours of red, white, and red horizontal stripes are striking to the eye. The pattern is symbolic of a bloody battle fought by Duke Leopold V and the white battledress he wore. Covered in blood stains, his coat inspired the design of the Austrian flag. Legend has it that his coat, so covered in blood, left a white stripe when he removed his belt after the battle.
The flag of Austria originated in 1230 with Duke Friedrich II. Duke Friedrich II was born in 1210 and died in 1246. A version of the Austrian flag that he sponsored flew until the unification of Austria in 1938 with Germany. The Austrian flag is one of the world?s oldest flag designs. At the independence of Austria from Nazi Germany in 1945, the bars of red and white were proudly aloft once more. You can fly them proudly, too.