Size of this Austria flag patch: 6.5 x 4 cm (2.56 x 1.57 inch)
The Austrian flag consists of three equal horizontal strips:
- The top and bottom stripes are red
- The middle stripe is white
Legend has it that Duke Leopold V. of Austria (1157-1194) was involved in a battle during the Crusades, and after the fight his white battledress was soaked in blood. When he removed his belt, though, the cloth underneath was still white. That very sight is said to have inspired the red, white and red stripes on the Austrian flag.
Facts about the Austria flag patch:
1. The Austrian and Danish flags are believed to be among the oldest national flag designs in the world. 2. The Austrian flag wasn't used during Austria's unification with Nazi Germany in 1938 until it gained independence in 1945.