Renting the glass elephant

Visit the world’s largest elephant!

In the middle of Maximilianpark stands the glass elephant, the world’s largest jumbo! In 1984, the artist, Horst Rellecke, transformed the coal sorting house of the former Maximilian colliery into today’s walk-in sculpture on the occasion of North Rhine-Westphalia’s first regional horticultural show. Take the elevator up into the glass trunk and, from a height of 35 meters, enjoy a wonderful, panoramic view over the entire park area, the city of Hamm and the green Westphalian countryside. Inside the glass elephant, you will also find a garden with ten movable art objects. Via a switchboard, you can electrically control the movements of nine of them.

Their names really mean something: The “Palm Cleaner” really does clean palms, the “Praying Mantis” slowly climbs up a metal pole in a determined way and the “Thirsty Chicken” waters the plants all around it. In addition, there is a “Trunk Plane” waiting, a “Mechanical Miner”, the “Caterpillar Sisyphos”, a “Water Lily” and a “Praying Mantis” and an “Elephantenbörse”. The copper-eating polyphemus spits out a small object of art, but it doesn’t get by without your muscle power.
Room plans


Basic rental for the Glass Elephant 950.00 EUR plus 19% VAT. The price is exclusive of assembling, dismantling, cleaning, caretaker & other running costs.

Basic rental for the conference room in the Glass Elephant

350.00 EUR plus 19% VAT. The price is exclusive of assembling, dismantling, cleaning, caretaker & other running costs.

Equipment: Screen, projector, overhead projector, flipchart.

Please note that all the rental prices quoted are just the basic rent. This may vary depending on the type and extent of use. We would be pleased to make you an individual offer.

The glass elephant in figures

  • Length: 53 m, Height: 35 meters, Width: 18 meters
  • Length of the tusks: 7 meters– Eye diameter: 2 meters
  • The viewing platform is located at a height of 29 meters.
  • The idea was conceived on 30 June 1981, when the artist, Dr. Rellecke, and his gallery owner met on the premises of the future garden show.
  • The coal sorting house of the former colliery “Maximilian” from the year 1902 serves as the foundation of the glass elephant.
  • The conversion into a glass elephant was carried out in 1983/1984 using a greenhouse construction made of steel and glass.
  • The trunk functions as the structural support for the head and is a glass elevator shaft. The emergency stairway/emergency exit is in the tail.
  • Every year, the glass elephant provides an exceptional setting for art exhibitions.
  • Bastelbogen Glass Elephant Maxipark


Weddings in the Glass Elephant (prior registration at the registry office is required):

If you want to be a little closer to heaven when you say “I do” and at the same time still keep the big picture in view, then the Elephant’s subtropical interior, furnished with works of art, is just what you’re looking for. Enjoy the moment and the panorama from a height of 35 meters. Look out across the entire park area, the city of Hamm and, when the weather is clear, far beyond into the green Westphalian countryside.

For weather reasons, the Glass Elephant is only available for bridal couples from the end of March to October. A maximum seating capacity of 55 is available for the wedding guests. We are also happy to provide you with two tall tables/tables for your individual catering (e. g. champagne reception). This should be organised by you personally.

It is possible to have your private celebration organized through the catering of the Maximilianpark (maxigastro Tel. +49(0)2381 14 99 00 7).


Maximilianpark Hamm GmbH
Patrick Markhoff
Veranstaltungen & Standesamtliche Trauungen
Alter Grenzweg 2
59071 Hamm