Markneukirchen's giant violin
The largest playable violin in the world
The largest playable violin in the world is naturally at home in Markneukirchen. The giant violin and bow were produced between January and June 2010 on the occasion of the 650-year celebrations of the town of Markneukirchen and involved a total of approx. 1,700 hours of work.
The masterpiece mentioned in the 2012 Guinness World Records book can be admired in the Markneukirchen Museum.
Length: 4.27 m (7 times the size of a 4/4 violin)
Weight: approx. 131 kg
Materials: The same materials which are used in classic violin making (more than 1 m³ of spruce and maple, approx. 40 kg of ebony, several kilograms of glue, valuable varnishes).
Tuning: G2, D1, A1, E (like a normal violin, but 3 octaves lower)
Modelled on a violin by Johann Georg Schönfelder II (1750 – 1824)
Museum flyer as a PDF document: Giant violin and bow