Great Bells of Germany

Here are listed 40 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 131 sequence numbers which are not included below).

A regional locator map includes most of these great bells, whether contained in some instrument or independent.

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

12.   Bochum, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~32520 lbs

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

17.   Paderborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 29800 lbs

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

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

26.   Dresden, Sachsen, Germany - 25375 lbs

27.   Berg, Bavaria, Germany - 25265 lbs

28.   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

46.   Berlin, Germany - 21280 lbs

49A.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~21200 lbs

49B.   Berlin, Germany - ~21200 lbs

64D.   München (Munich), Bavaria, Germany - ~17600 lbs

68B.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 17300 lbs

70A.   Berlin, Germany - 17240 lbs

70B.   Meißen (Meissen), Sachsen, Germany - 17240 lbs

75.   Hamburg, Germany - 16627 lbs

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

92.   Berlin, Germany - 14462 lbs

93.   Hamburg, Germany - 14330 lbs

95B.   Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany - ~14100 lbs

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

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

114.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 13120 lbs

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

122A.   Berlin, Germany - 12345 lbs

122C.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~12350 lbs

122D.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 12350 lbs

134.   Berlin, Germany - 11993 lbs

138.   Speyer, State, Germany - 11795 lbs

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

145.   Scheyern, Bavaria, Germany - 10670 lbs

146.   Niederalteich, Bavaria, Germany - 10625 lbs

147.   Paderborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 10450 lbs

153A.   Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - EquivalentWeight lbs

155A.   Berlin, Germany - ~9900 lbs

155B.   Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany - ~9900 lbs

157.   Berlin, Germany - 9832 lbs


References:

Walter Schäfer's list of the biggest bells in Germany (excluding those in carillons) - downloadable PDF, 14 pages.  As of Jan.2020, it includes 410 existing bells of pitch A (2340kg) or heavier; 271 meet our criterion of at least 4000 kg.  His list is in order by approximate pitch of the strike note and then by weight (effectively by internal diameter at the strikepoint), making it easy to see differences in thickness (heavy to light profiles).

The late John Ketteringham's collection of recordings of notable bells includes two of the above.


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