Carillon | Bells | Französischer Dom

New opening hours viewing platform

Dear guests,

In anticipation of the start of spring, we are pleased to inform you that we are extending the opening hours of the Französischer Dom!
From now on you have the opportunity to enjoy the marvellous view and the special atmosphere of the cathedral Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 to 17:30.
We look forward to your visit!

Carillon in the Französischer Dom Gendarmenmarkt Glockenspiel

Carillon

A special Carillon

Carillon bells in Franzoesischer Dom

Carillon at Französischer Dom

The Carillon at Französischer Dom is a large carillon whose bells can be played by a player (carilloneur) using a keyboard or mechanically (e.g. by means of a roller or electronic control).
Inside the French Cathedral there is a comparatively large instrument that can be played in concerts and - as a special feature - can be viewed up close.

Every month, the pieces played on the carillon change. These are played every hour between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm. On Sundays, the melodies are omitted from 10:00 am  to 1:00 pm, but the following pieces are sounded instead:

9:00 a.m. - Open for Me the Beautiful Door
9:25 a.m. - Praise the Lord
10:55 am - Psalter EKG 294

We have compiled the pieces of the carillon on a Spotify playlist for you to listen to.
 

The carillon in Französischer Dom viewed from the ticket hall

Facts and figures about the carillon

  • Number of bells: 60
  • Tone sequence: gis⁰, b⁰ ... gis⁵
  • Largest bell: 5,700 kg
  • Smallest bell: 20 kg
  • Total weight: 29,500 kg
  • Automatic: available
  • Founder: Peter Schilling, Apolda
  • Builder: Feingusswerk Pößneck, Neustadt (Orla)
  • Manual console: g⁰, a⁰ ... g⁵, linear
  • Inauguration: 1987

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