The Tallest Buildings in Germany

The skyline of Frankfurt with the Commerzbank Tower​ visible as the tallest building in the skyline.
The skyline of Frankfurt with the Commerzbank Tower​ visible as the tallest building in the skyline.

The real estate industry in Germany has seen significant growth in the recent past with the demand for office space being at an all-time high. This demand has driven investors to construct several skyscrapers which have changed the skyline in numerous German cities. The city of Frankfurt has been the center of the skyscraper construction in Germany due to its reputation as the financial center of Germany and currently boasts of having all of the top ten highest skyscrapers in Germany with some being among the tallest in Europe.

Which Are The Four Tallest Buildings In Germany?

Commerzbank Tower

The Commerzbank Tower is a skyscraper located in Frankfurt, Germany and is the tallest skyscraper in Germany. The 850-foot tall building was the tallest building in Europe for six years after its completion in 1997 and was surpassed in 2003 by the Russian Triumph-Palace. The Commerzbank Tower features 56 stories which have a collective office space of 1.2 million square feet. The Commerzbank Tower gained worldwide fame for its environmentally friendly architecture and incorporated gardens on its apex called the “sky gardens.”


The Messeturm is an 843-foot skyscraper located in Frankfurt and was once the tallest building in Germany. The Messeturm is the second tallest building in Frankfurt and is comprised of 63 floors. While its name, Messe Turm means “Trade Fair Towers”, the building is entirely used for office purposes and has 0.6 million square feet of office space. The building was constructed in July 1988 and was opened in October 1990. During construction of he Messturm, concrete was poured into the building’s foundation for 78 hours non-stop setting a world record. The building’s unique architectural design has made it earn the nickname “Bleistift” meaning “pencil.”

Westendstrasse 1

Westendstrasse 1 is another skyscraper located in the city of Frankfurt and is known due to its beautiful architectural style which saw the building win the “Best Building of the Year” award in 1995, an award presented by the American Chamber of Architects. Construction of the skyscraper began in 1990 and was completed in 1993 at the cost of USD $400 million. The Westendstrasse 1 towers 682 feet with 53 floors and is the third tallest building in Germany. The building stands out with a crown on the tower which represents the ancient crowning ceremonies of Frankfurt. During winter, the crown weighing 95 tons is heated to prevent the formation of icicles which can be a threat to the traffic below.

Main Tower

The Main Tower is a commercial skyscraper located in Innenstadt district of Frankfurt. The skyscraper rises 787 feet above the nearby Main River, from which it derives its name. The Main Tower is comprised of two merging towers with the taller of the two towers having 56 floors. The Main Tower is the fourth tallest building in Germany and was opened on January, 2000 at a cost of USD $380 million. The Main Tower houses the headquarters of Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen and also features a viewing observatory.

Future Developments

German cities have several projects in the pipeline that will change their skylines and inject millions of square feet of office space in the real estate industry. These include The Hardenberg in Berlin which will be 685 feet tall and become the tallest building in the German capital.

The Tallest Buildings in Germany

RankNameCityHeight (feet)
1Commerzbank TowerFrankfurt885
3Westendstrabe 1 Frankfurt682
4Main TowerFrankfurt656
5Tower 185Frankfurt656
7Seat of the European Central BankFrankfurt607
11Post TowerBonn533
12Westend GateFrankfurt522
13Deutsche Bank I and Deutsche Bank IIFrankfurt508

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