Great Bells of Germany

Here are listed 45 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 about 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

33A.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~23150 lbs

38.   Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany - 22840 lbs

40A.   Gifhorn, Niedersachsen, Germany - ~22265 lbs

40B.   Scheyern, Bavaria, Germany - ~22265 lbs

47.   Berlin, Germany - 21280 lbs

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

49B.   Berlin, Germany - ~21200 lbs

64.   Halle (Saale), Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany - EquivalentWeight lbs

65D.   München (Munich), Bavaria, Germany - ~17600 lbs

69B.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 17300 lbs

71A.   Berlin, Germany - 17240 lbs

71B.   Meißen (Meissen), Sachsen, Germany - 17240 lbs

76.   Hamburg, Germany - 16627 lbs

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

93.   Berlin, Germany - 14462 lbs

94.   Hamburg, Germany - 14330 lbs

96B.   Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany - ~14100 lbs

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

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

115.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 13120 lbs

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

123A.   Berlin, Germany - 12345 lbs

123C.   Köln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - ~12350 lbs

123D.   Passau, Bavaria, Germany - 12350 lbs

136.   Minden, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 12110 lbs

137.   Berlin, Germany - 11993 lbs

141.   Speyer, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany - 11795 lbs

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

148.   Scheyern, Bavaria, Germany - 10670 lbs

149.   Niederaltaich, Bavaria, Germany - 10625 lbs

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

157A.   Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - EquivalentWeight lbs

159A.   Berlin, Germany - ~9900 lbs

159B.   Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany - ~9900 lbs

161.   Berlin, Germany - 9832 lbs

168.   Attendorn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 9039 lbs


References:

Walter Schäfer's list of the biggest bells in Germany (excluding those in carillons) - downloadable PDF, 14 pages.  As of Jan.2021, it includes 410 existing bells of pitch A (2340kg) or heavier; 246 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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