Great Bells of Germany

Here are listed 39 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.
Also see our own Map Use Hints.


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

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

59D.   München (Munich), Bavaria, Germany - ~17600 lbs

63B.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 17300 lbs

65A.   Berlin, Germany - 17240 lbs

65B.   Meißen (Meissen), Sachsen, Germany - 17240 lbs

68.   Hamburg, Germany - 16627 lbs

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

85.   Berlin, Germany - 14462 lbs

86.   Hamburg, Germany - 14330 lbs

88B.   Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany - ~14100 lbs

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

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

99.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 13120 lbs

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

105.   Berlin, Germany - 12345 lbs

106A.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~12350 lbs

106B.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 12350 lbs

115.   Berlin, Germany - 11993 lbs

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

122.   Scheyern, Bavaria, Germany - 10670 lbs

123.   Niederalteich, Bavaria, Germany - 10625 lbs

128A.   Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - EquivalentWeight lbs

130A.   Berlin, Germany - ~9900 lbs

130B.   Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany - ~9900 lbs

132.   Berlin, Germany - 9832 lbs


References:

Walter Schafer's list of the biggest bells in Germany (excluding those in carillons) - downloadable PDF, 14 pages.  As of Jan.2019, it includes 409 existing bells of pitch A (2340kg) or heavier; 243 meet our criterion of at least 4000 kg.  His list is in order by approximate pitch of the strike note and then by weight, 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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