Franz Winkelmeier - Riese von Lengau
27.April 1860 - 24 August 1887
Mit seinen 2,58 m war er der größte Mensch der Welt, den man bis zu dieser Zeit kannte .
Bis zu seinem 14. Lebensjahr war der Franzl ganz normal gewachsen. Ab diesem Zeitpunkt wuchs er seinen Eltern und Geschwistern buchstäblich über den Kopf.
Mit 21 Jahren entschloss sich der "Riese" die Reise in die Welt anzutreten.
Ein geschäftstüchtiger Schneider aus Friedburg war sein damaliger "Manager".
In London erlebte der "größte Sohn unserer Heimat" den Höhepunkt seines Lebens.
Am 22.Juni 1887 wurde er, anlässlich des Jubiläums der Königin Viktoria von England, allen Fürstlichkeiten der Welt vorgestellt.
Bald darauf starb Franz Winkelmeier an Lungentuberkulose. Seine letzte Ruhestätte befindet sich im Friedhof von Lengau neben dem Kircheneingang.
The Giant of Lengau - "Franz Winkelmeier"
Lengau is a small village in the west of Upper Austria near Salzburg and near to the German border.
The name of the giant who lived there was “Franz Winkelmeier”. He was born on April 27th 1860.
Until the age of 14 the growth of the son of a farmer family was quite normal. But suddenly
he started growing at such a huge hight. Within a few years he reached the height of 258 cm (101,57 inches).
He was the tallest man of Europe (the world).
When he was 21 he and his manager started travelling around the world. He was admired and gazed at in wonder
in circuses and fairies.
He was introduced to Queen Victoria of the British Empire and many other noblemen.
Queen Victoria gave him a gold watch for present.
In 1887 at the age of 27 he returned home hopelessly ill with tuberculosis. At August 24th 1887 he died at the young age of 27.
His tomb can be seen near the entrance of the church at the churchyard of Lengau.
The pictures you are interested in show different steps of the life of the “Giant of Lengau”.
You can walk along the “Road of the Giant” . Different signposts explain where he was born, where he lived and died.
Besides you can read about his family and his three brothers. They all were of normal height.
Sad to say but he was an unhappy young guy !
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Photo taken in Gemeinde Lengau, Austria
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