Great Bells of Germany

Here are listed 38 existing and one former great bells of Germany, in descending order by weight.  The list includes qualifying bass bells of carillons, chimes, peals, etc., and is believed to include all bells heavier than 10000 kg.

Not yet included are nearly 200 other great bells between 4000 and 10000 kg.  Separately listed are other great bells of mainland Europe (bearing the 96 sequence numbers which are not included below).

Following the list are some References to related information about the data found here.


Key:

nr.   City, State, Country - EquivalentWeight lbs

"nr" is the sequence number of each bell in the matching table of all European bells by weight.  Bells of the same (estimated) weight share a sequence number, and are distinguished by a capital letter appended to it (e.g., 11A, 11B).
Pitch is in the zero-octave of the carillon scale, which is the third octave of the piano scale.
All are hung on straight headstocks and swung by electric motor, except when in carillons or stated otherwise.

Bells in italics no longer exist.  Prior versions of recast bells may or may not be separately listed.


1.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~61300 lbs

2.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 53350 lbs

11B.   Bochum, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~33070 lbs

15.   Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany - ~30800 lbs

18.   Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany - ~29300 lbs

23.   Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany - 26345 lbs

25.   Dresden, Sachsen, Germany - 25375 lbs

26.   Berg, Bavaria, Germany - 25265 lbs

27.   Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany - 25240 lbs

32A.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~23150 lbs

37.   Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany - 22840 lbs

39A.   Gifhorn, Niedersachsen, Germany - ~22265 lbs

39B.   Scheyern, Bavaria, Germany - ~22265 lbs

45.   Berlin, Germany - 21280 lbs

47A.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~21200 lbs

47B.   Berlin, Germany - ~21200 lbs

58D.   München (Munich), Bavaria, Germany - ~17600 lbs

62B.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 17300 lbs

64A.   Berlin, Germany - 17240 lbs

64B.   Meißen (Meissen), Sachsen, Germany - 17240 lbs

67.   Hamburg, Germany - 16627 lbs

70.   Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany - ~16200 lbs

84.   Berlin, Germany - 14462 lbs

85.   Hamburg, Germany - 14330 lbs

87B.   Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany - ~14100 lbs

90.   Herrenberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 14043 lbs

93.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 13590 lbs

98.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 13120 lbs

101.   München (Munich), Bavaria, Germany - 12456 lbs

103.   Berlin, Germany - 12345 lbs

104A.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~12350 lbs

104B.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 12350 lbs

113.   Berlin, Germany - 11993 lbs

118.   Düren, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 11130 lbs

119.   Scheyern, Bavaria, Germany - 10670 lbs

120.   Niederalteich, Bavaria, Germany - 10625 lbs

125A.   Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - EquivalentWeight lbs

127A.   Berlin, Germany - ~9900 lbs

127B.   Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany - ~9900 lbs

129.   Berlin, Germany - 9832 lbs


References:

Walter Schafer's list of the biggest bells in Germany (excluding carillons) - downloadable PDF, 14 pages.  As of Dec.2015, it includes 401 existing bells of pitch A (2340kg) or heavier; 276 meet our criterion of 4000 kg or more.

John Ketteringham's collection of recordings of notable bells


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