German manhole covers reflect civic pride, with many covers bearing the coat of arms of the city. In the former GDR many towns seem to have adopted this practice since reunification, making for a dignified street surface, especially when they are carefully set in cobblestones.Aarbergen
Passavant-Roediger Umwelttechnik GmbH is a major German manufacturer of manholes whose products are found in several countries. The firm was established in 1884 by Wilhelm Passavant. Apolda
An attractive uninscribed design found near several fountains in Weimar
Canalbau, Weimar, 1889. An unusually early dated example, probably produced by Rub Böcking & Cie, Hallbergerhütte
Buderus is a major German company with its main premises in Wetzlar. Its products are widely seen across the streets of Germany. Founded in 1731, it is one of the oldest existing large manufacturing firms in Europe with a turn-over of around 2,000,000,000 Euros. After merging with Robert Bosch GmbH, they continue to operate as BBT (Bosch-Buderus-Thermotechnik GmbH) from 2003. The fine steel products of Buderus AG were separated in 2005 by Robert Bosch GmbH. and transferred to Böhler-Uddeholm.