Top 10 Tallest Buildings in Germany

As many countries, Germany concentrates the largest number of skyscrapers in a single city. In the case of Germany, its 10 tallest skyscrapers are located in Frankfurt, Hesse, due to its economic profile as an international financial center. High-rise buildings can also be found in Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Düsseldorf, Essen, Hamburg and Leipzig, but mainly in the suburbs.

In Germany has been proposed to build the Millennium Tower, a 104-storey, 1,210.6 feet (369 meters) skyscraper, which if it built, it would be the tallest building in Germany; however, for this list only completed buildings have been taken into account.

In this occasion I have compiled the list of the 10 tallest buildings in Germany.

Clarifications:

1. For this list only the buildings that have been completed until the date of publication of this post have been taken into account. If a building is completed and is among the top 10 tallest buildings or skyscrapers in Germany, it will be added to the list as soon as possible.

2. The content has been published on August 17, 2019 and currently has not been updated, please note that the content is based until the date mentioned above; if the content is outdated, please comment to update it in the shortest possible time.

Below is the list of 10 tallest buildings or skyscrapers in Germany.

Skyscrapers in Germany: Top 10 Tallest Buildings in Germany

10. Silberturm

Height: 546 ft (166.3 m)
Floors: 32
Building Function: Office
Firm: ABB Architekten
Location: Frankfurt, Hesse
Construction Start: 1972
Completed: 1978

Silverturm (or Silver Tower in English) is a 32-storey, 546-foot skyscraper in the Bahnhofsviertel district of Frankfurt. This building is the oldest on the list, it was completed in 1978 and until 1990 the Silverturm was the tallest building in Germany until MesseTurm surpassed it in height.

9. Opernturm

Height: 558 ft (170 m)
Floors: 42
Building Function: Office
Firm: Bollinger + Grohmann; Grontmij BGS Ingenieursozietät
Location: Frankfurt, Hesse
Construction Start: 2007
Completed: 2009

OpernTurm (Opera Tower in English) is a skyscraper that consists of a 42-storey 560-foot (170 m) tower and a 85 ft (26 m) podium building facing towards Alte Oper.

Its access is through an 59 ft (18m) high lobby. The yellow-beige stone cladding of the facades was designed to fit in with the existing buildings surrounding Opernplatz. Designed to consume 23% less energy than stipulated by Germany’s 2007 EnEV Energy Regulation, the Opernturm was one of the first office buildings in Europe to be certified to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard.

8. Taunusturm

Height: 558 ft (170 m)
Floors: 40
Building Function: Office
Firm: Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg
Location: Frankfurt, Hesse
Construction Start: 2011
Completed: 2014

TaunusTurm (originally called Kaiserkarree) is the project name for a complex of two buildings, a 560 ft (170 m) skyscraper and a 207 ft (63 m) high-rise residential building, in Frankfurt, Germany. Actually is the 8th taallest building in Germany.

7. Seat of the European Central Bank

Height: 603 ft (183.7 m)
Floors: 43
Building Function: Office
Firm: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Location: Frankfurt, Hesse
Construction Start: 2010
Completed: 2014

The Seat of the European Central Bank (ECB) is located in Frankfurt, Germany. It is a 43-storey, 603-foot skyscraper. It was completed in 2014 and was officially opened on 18 March 2015.

Due to the Treaties of the European Union, the ECB must have its headquarters within the city limits of Frankfurt, the largest financial center in the Eurozone.

6. Trianon (Frankfurt)

Height: 610 ft (186 m)
Floors: 45
Building Function: Office
Firms: Novotny Mähner Assoziierte
Hentrich Petschnigg & Partner
Albert Speer & Partner
Location: Frankfurt, Hesse
Construction Start: 1989
Completed: 1993

Trianon is a 45-story, 610 ft (186 m) tall skyscraper in the Westend-Süd district of Frankfurt, completed in 1993. As a curious fact on the top of the building there is an inverted pyramid suspended from the three corners. Currently is the 6th tallest building in Germany.

5. Tower 185

Height: 656 ft (200 m)
Floors: 50
Building Function: Office
Firm: Ebert-Ingenieure
Location: Frankfurt, Hesse
Construction Start: 2008
Completed: 2011

Tower 185 is a 55-storey, 660 ft (200 m) tall skyscraper in the district of Frankfurt, Germany. It’s currently the 4th tallest building in Frankfurt and the 4th tallest in Germany, tied with Main Tower.

4. Main Tower

Height: 656 ft (200 m)
Floors: 55
Building Function: Office
Firm: Schweger Associated Architects
Location: Frankfurt, Hesse
Construction Start: 1996
Completed: 1999

Main Tower is a 56-storey, 656 ft (200 m) skyscraper in Frankfurt, Germany. It is named after the nearby Main river. The building is 787 ft (240 m) when its antenna spire is included.

The tower has two public viewing platforms. It is the only skyscraper in Frankfurt with a public viewing observatory. It’s the 4th tallest building in Frankfurt and the 4th tallest in Germany, tied with Tower 185.

3. Westendstraße 1

Height: 682 ft (208 m)
Floors: 53
Building Function: Office
Firm: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Location: Frankfurt, Hesse
Construction Start: 1990
Completed: 1993

Westendstraße 1 (or Westendstrasse 1) is a 53-storey, 682 ft (208 m) skyscraper in Frankfurt, Germany. The structure was completed in 1993 and together with the nearby City-Haus, forms the headquarters of DZ Bank. In 1995 it won the “Best Building of the Year” award by the American Chamber of Architects in the multifunctional skyscraper category. The tower is the 3rd tallest skyscraper in Frankfurt and also in Germany.

The building was designed by the American architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, which also designed 5 of the tallest buildings in China, including Shanghai World Financial Center and Ping An Finance Center.

2. MesseTurm

Height: 842 ft (256.5 m)
Floors: 64
Building Function: Office
Firm: Murphy/Jahn Architects
Location: Frankfurt, Hesse
Construction Start: 1988
Completed: 1990

The Messeturm (or Trade Fair Tower in English) is a 64-storey, 843 ft (257 m) skyscraper in Frankfurt, Germany. It is the second tallest building in Frankfurt, the second tallest building in Germany and the third tallest building in the European Union. It was the tallest building in Europe from its completion in 1991 until 1997 when it was surpassed by the Commerzbank Tower.

1. Commerzbank Tower

Height: 850 ft (259 m)
Floors: 56
Building Function: Office
Firm: Foster and Partners
Location: Frankfurt, Hesse
Construction Start: 1994
Completed: 1997

Commerzbank Tower is a 56-story, 850 ft (259 m) skyscraper owned by Samsung of Korea since September 2016 in the banking district of Frankfurt, Germany. The building is 985 ft (300 m) tall when its antenna spire is included.

It is the tallest building in Frankfurt and the tallest building in Germany and the second tallest building in EU. It had been the tallest building in Europe from its completion in 1997 until 2003 when it was surpassed by the Triumph-Palace in Moscow.

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